Peter Jakob

Peter Jakob – Clinical Psychologist


Humans can draw on a variety of resources, both within, and between them and others. Whilst they are often unaware of these resources and of their strengths, they can be supported to recognise and actualise these in overcoming even the most challenging of life’s problems. Research and psychological approaches to therapy are increasingly recognising this principle – e.g., psychologists have been examining post-traumatic growth, or how the ways in which individuals who have experienced traumatic events can respond to these experiences by appreciating life in a fuller and more integrated manner. Making such understandings the cornerstone of therapy is in my view the essence of respectful and effective psychological work.


As a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, I was the head of a large child psychology department, and later lead for complex cases in East Sussex. As a qualified clinical psychologist (BPS/HCPC) and systemic family therapist with a background in social work, I have over 30 years of post-qualifying experience working with children, young people, adults and families. I provide general psychological/therapeutic services, and specialise in the following areas:

  • violence, destructive behaviour and behaviour problems in children/young people and in adults
  • domestic violence
  • working with relatives of adults showing entitled dependency (with or without enduring mental health problems)
  • effects of trauma such as depression, PTSD or so-called ‘personality disorders’.
  • anxiety-related difficulties such as phobias, social anxiety, OCD-type behaviour or self-isolation
  • recovery from abuse and sexual trauma
  • therapy for child protection and in multi-agency contexts; looked after children
  • working with vulnerable adults.

Therapeutic approaches in my ‘toolbox’ include

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Systemic (Family) Therapy;
  • Resource-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);
  • Trauma-Focused methods including EMDR and body-orientated work;
  • Non Violent Resistance (NVR) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Working collaboratively with people is more effective than ‘treatment’. While drawing from a large ‘toolbox’ of methods, I aim to help clients recognise and use their own strengths, resources and knowledge. It is my task to create space for discovering new possibilities when people have felt extremely helpless at the outset. The hope and self-confidence they gain then becomes the vehicle for change, which can often be much more rapid and profound than previously expected. I do not believe that personalities are set in stone. Childhood is short, and as adults we begin to realise that life is finite. This creates a responsibility for me: to be acutely aware of my clients’ right to therapy which promotes rapid change, and in which their own knowledge is respected – even, or especially, when they have had an abusive or traumatising past.

I support resistance against anything that subdues or oppresses people. Therapy is an opportunity for doing this. I continue to learn from my clients.


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