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)

Professional experience

Dr Joanna Silver is an expert in helping people with various psychological difficulties including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), depression and anxiety. She works with different age groups and sees adults, adolescents and children.  Her 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.

Dr Silver is the Lead Therapist for Eating Disorders at Nightingale Hospital. In this role, she oversees the therapy programme for the Eating Disorders Unit and sees inpatients, day patients and outpatients for individual and group therapy.

She is passionate about helping people who are experiencing mental distress and works collaboratively to empower people to achieve their individual goals.  As part of her role, she regularly presents to other health professionals about the complexities of treating people with eating disorders and related conditions.

Dr Silver runs a friends and family support group for the Eating Disorders Unit at Nightingale Hospital. In this group, she gives 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 training in Counselling Psychology, Dr Silver was a secondary school English teacher.  Her training and experience as a teacher has been invaluable in her therapeutic work with patients, enabling her to work creatively with young people and adults.

Personal statement

In her work, Dr Silver uses evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Enhanced Cognitive Therapy (CBT-E) and the Maudsley Method of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA).

She is flexible in tailoring treatment to patients’ needs and aims 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 research, publications and interests

Dr Silver is very interested in psychological research and always uses this to inform her work with patients.

Her 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 (
  • 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 (

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