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 (City University)
- Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Distinction- London South Bank University)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (University of Cambridge)
- Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy (First Class- University of Manchester)
My professional experience:
I am an expert in helping people with various psychological difficulties including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), depression and anxiety. I work with different age groups and see adults, adolescents and children. My experience has been 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 Nightingale Hospital. In this role I oversee the therapy programme for the Eating Disorders Unit and see in-patients, day-patients and out-patients for individual and group therapy.
I am passionate about helping people who are experiencing mental distress and work collaboratively to empower people to achieve their individual goals. As part of my role I regularly present to other health professionals about the complexities of treating people with eating disorders and related conditions.
I run a friends and family support group for the Eating Disorders Unit at Nightingale Hospital. In this group I give presentations on relevant topics including ‘how to communicate well with your loved one,’ ‘dealing with difficult behaviours,’ and ‘moving towards recovery.’ The group is a space where attendees can share their experiences, successes, and problems.
Prior to my training in Counselling Psychology I was a secondary school English teacher. 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:
In my work I use evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Therapy (CBT-E) and the Maudsley Method of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA). I am flexible in tailoring treatment to patients’ needs and aim to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship with my patients.
This allows patients to gain a greater understanding of their problems in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
I am very interested in psychological research and always use this to inform my work with patients. My published journal articles and book chapters are listed below:
- Silver, J., & Farrants, J. (06 May 2015). I Once Stared at Myself in the Mirror for Eleven Hours.’ Exploring mirror gazing in participants with body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Health Psychology (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1359105315581516).
- 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 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24917319).
- 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 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S027795361000064X).
- ITV lunchtime news talking about calorie counting apps
- BBC world news talking about digital media 2019
- Newsnight on 7th December 2017 discussing Anorexia Nervosa in adults
- An article in the Metro newspaper on 1st March 2017 about ‘Orthorexia’
- An article in the Mail Online on 22nd May 2016 about mental health problems within families
- An article in Harper’s Bazaar on 15th May 2019 about the effect of social media accentuating unrealistic expectations of beauty
- An article in Red Magazine on 15th December 2017 about secret eating
- An article in Women’s Health Magazine on 14th November 2017 about coping with depression
- An article in Women’s Health Magazine (September 2017) about women and their bodies
- An article in Healthy magazine (August 2017) about whether you could have an eating disorder without knowing it
- An article in Glamour magazine on 1st January 2017 about the importance of self-compassion
- An article in Cosmopolitan Magazine on 12th December 2016 on anorexia in high functioning people
- An article in Grazia Magazine on 23rd August 2016 on ‘drunkorexia’
- An article in Boots Magazine (May 2016) on how to love your body
- An article on the website Netdoctor on 9th October 2018 about the signs of anxiety
- An article on the website Buzzfeed on 6th December 2016 about making small changes over Christmas
- An article in the Huffington Post on 18th May 2016 about relationships between parents and children
- An article on the website Refinery 29 on 22nd March 2016 about ‘fussy eating’
- An article on the website PsycPost on September 6th 2015 about mirror gazing in Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- An article on the Daily Mirror on 4th January 2020 about dieting apps pedalling ‘life-threatening’ advice
- An article in The Guardian on 18th May 2020 about eating disorders during lockdown