Dr-Jane-Blunden-3I have over 20 years clinical experience working in the NHS as a psychiatrist and specialist psychotherapist.

I qualified as a medical doctor in 1984 and went on to train as a psychiatrist, passing my postgraduate exams in psychiatry in 1989.  By then I knew I wanted to specialise in psychotherapy and went initially to Guy's Hospital where I started my training as a Cognitive Analytic (CAT) therapist.  I then got a post as a senior registrar in Southampton to train as an NHS psychiatrist specialising in psychotherapy.

My psychotherapy training within the NHS majored in psychodynamic psychotherapy in a department that valued brief therapy as well as longer term therapy.  I completed my psychotherapy training in CAT while there, alongside my NHS psychodynamic training, and also some training in CBT and family therapy in accordance with the Royal College of Psychiatrists higher training curriculum.

I became a trainer and supervisor in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) during my senior registrar training and, after I became an NHS consultant in 1997, I went on to also train as a group analyst.  In my first consultant post in Dorset, I helped set up and run a specialist service for people with personality disorder.  I then moved to a consultant post in Brighton in 2003 and have worked with a more wide ranging set of clinical problems since.  While in Brighton I set up the local Practitioner Training in CAT, with our first intake in 2009, and so have had the privilege of training and supervising many of the local CAT therapists.  I am still involved in that training but passed on the Course Director role when the 2015 cohort started their training.

I retired from my NHS clinical post in September 2016, but continue to work clinically as a psychotherapist in private practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  I see people for psychotherapy assessments, for individual CAT therapy, for individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, and for group analytic therapy.  If there is enough interest at any point in starting a CAT group, then I would also be happy to offer that.  I also offer psychotherapy supervision privately.

In February 2017, I started training in EMDR.  This training will take at least one year to complete and is ongoing.  I am currently offering generously reduced rates to those with a single adult episode of trauma who would like to see if EMDR could be helpful for relieving symptoms associated with it.  Given my stage of training in EMDR, I am not yet able to offer it for complex or childhood trauma.

I am currently setting up a once weekly analytic group on Tuesdays meeting from 5.15-6.45pm at my practice in central Brighton.  This will be an ongoing group which will meet between 40-42 times in each calendar year; the dates of group breaks will be given with several months notice whenever possible.

Qualifications

Medical

  • Medical degree:   MB.BCh.  (1984)
  • Registered with the General Medical Council
  • Postgraduate examination in psychiatry:   MRCPsych (1989)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (Psychotherapy) (1997)

Psychotherapy

  • Diploma in Clinical Psychotherapy, King’s College, London (1992)
  • Psychotherapist training with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy,
  • UKCP registered (ACAT, 1998)
  • Accredited supervisor with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (1993)
  • M.Sc. Group Analysis, Birkbeck College, University of London (2002)
  • Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (IGA)
  • Member of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)
  • UKCP registered (IGA, 2005)
  • Diploma in Supervision (IGA, 2013)
  • Part 1 training EMDR (2017)