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.  My recent publications are listed below:

  • Silver, J. (2013). Narrative Psychology. In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp.143-156). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver, J. (2013). Visual Methods. In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp.156-167). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver J. (2013) The experience of body dysmorphic disorder. In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp. 207-222). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver, J., Fineberg, N.A., & Reavey, P. (2010). How do people with body dysmorphic disorder view themselves? A thematic analysis. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 14, 190–197.
  • Silver, J., & Reavey, P. (2010). “He’s a good-looking chap aint he?” Narrative and visualisations of self in body dysmorphic disorder. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 1641–1647.