Dr Joanna Silver, Eating Disorder Counselling Psychologist

Dr Joanna Silver

Lead Eating Disorder Therapist, Counselling Psychologist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS)
  • Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology
  • Full Member of the BPS Faculty for Eating Disorders
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy (First Class)

My professional experience:

I am experienced in helping people with various psychological difficulties including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), depression and anxiety. I work with different age groups including adults, adolescents and children. I have practised in both the NHS and private sector in a range of settings including specialist eating disorder services for children and adults, GP surgeries and drug and alcohol units.

I am the lead therapist for eating disorders at the Nightingale hospital and oversee the therapy programme for this unit.  I also run groups for the Young Persons Unit and General Psychiatry programme, as well as providing individual therapy.

Prior to my training in Counselling Psychology, I was a secondary school English teacher. I believe that my training and experience as a teacher has been invaluable in my therapeutic work with patients and enables me to work creatively with young people and adults.

My personal statement:

I aim to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship with my patients so that they feel able to gain a greater understanding of their problems in a safe and non-judgmental environment. I work collaboratively with patients, and strive to empower them to make changes in their lives.

Whilst I predominantly work using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I integrate other models including person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy and schema therapy. I treat each patient as a unique individual and am flexible in tailoring treatment to patients’ needs.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

I am passionate about research and have lectured to undergraduates at City University about qualitative research methods.  As a result of my desire to increase awareness and understanding of BDD, my research has mainly focused on the experiences of people suffering from BDD.  I have written 3 chapters in Carla Willig’s book ‘Narrative Psychology’ (2013) and have also had journal articles on BDD published in The Journal of Health Psychology, The International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice and Social Science & Medicine.

I regularly contribute to the press on matters relating to mental health difficulties and eating disorders.  Below are some recent contributions:

Recent media

Past media


  • Newsnight on 7th December 2017 discussing Anorexia Nervosa in adults



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