About Me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Since completing my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology I have completed further studies in Psychoanalytic theory. I have also become an accredited practitioner in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT-UK) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR-Europe).

Before I trained as a psychologist I pursued my love of cinema and worked for a film company for several years. My cinematic love affair started as a child when I attended a matinee of Back to the Future on a rainy Saturday morning at the Empire Leicester Square in London. I continue to be passionate about the capacities of the human imagination, creativity and participation in the cultural world.

I believe one of the aims of therapy is helping a person to connect or re-connect with their creative capacities to feel more alive.

I have a strong academic background and I have been awarded four degrees. I have studied, researched and published on a wide range of topics including; Depressive Rumination, Cults/New Religious Movements, the Neuroscience of Tourette Syndrome, Racial inequalities in the education system in London, the history of Mental Health Services in the UK and most recently Winnicott’s concept of the True Self.

My clinical work and life experiences have deeply informed my research interests and vice versa. From my clinical experiences, I frequently find that books, music or films can provide a rich account of human experience and a valuable companion to the research on mental health found in psychology journals or text books.


Hawksley, J.C., Cavanna, A.E. (2015) The role of the autonomic nervous system in Tourette Syndrome. Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Hawksley J.C. (2013) A genealogy of the care programme approach in mental health services.

Hawksley, J.C., Davey, G. C. (2010) Mood as input and depressive rumination. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 134-140.