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 (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).

Recent media


  • 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




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