Dr Joanna Silver
Lead Eating Disorder Therapist, Counselling Psychologist
- Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- Binge eating disorder (BED)
- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
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)
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.
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).
Dr Silver is flexible in tailoring treatment to patients’ needs and aims to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship with her 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 (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 ain’t 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).
Dr Silver is media trained and has been quoted in many magazines and newspapers. She has also appeared on live television. Some of Dr Silver’s media experience is listed below:
- ITV lunchtime news talking about calorie counting apps January 2019
- BBC world news talking about digital media 2019
- Newsnight on 7th December 2017 discussing Anorexia Nervosa in adults
- An article in the Telegraph on 6th December 2020 on binge eating
- An article on the Daily Mirror on 4th January 2021 about dieting apps pedalling ‘life-threatening’ advice
- An article in The Telegraph on 5th January 2021 about the rise in child eating disorders
- 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
- Profiled for Stylist Magazine’s ‘Work/Life’ feature on a day in the life of Dr Joanna Silver
- An article for Glamour UK on 10th April 2021 about why crash dieting is bad for us
- 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
- Featured on BBC Radio Live 5 with Nicky Campbell and Clare McDonnell on 22nd July 2021 discussing the rise in under 20’s admitted to hospital with eating disorders
- Appeared on Afternoons on BBC Radio Berkshire With Phil Kennedy on 3rd March 2021 discussing eating disorders
- A web episode from BBC: ‘Will leaving Instagram make me happy?’ in 2019
- 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