Dr Jennifer Opoku is an experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an accredited EMDR practitioner. Jennifer has over 13 years of experience in the field. She has worked in a variety of NHS and private settings with adults experiencing mild to complex mental health problems and as a senior therapist and clinical supervisor. Jennifer has a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from City University London and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Westminster University.
Jennifer works with adults experiencing mild to complex mental health problems, she has also facilitated group work. Jennifer is committed to tailoring the therapy session to meet the unique needs of her clients. She offers therapy in a time-limited, goal orientated approach or over a longer time frame according to individual needs. Jennifer values working collaboratively and respectfully with her clients and providing a compassionate space that is focused on the specific needs of her clients.
Jennifer is trained in and has worked with a variety of therapeutic models. She draws upon a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focussed, Humanistic Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches. Jennifer uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Re-Processing) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed treatment for trauma and other complex needs. Where appropriate, Jennifer also draws on Feeling and Ego State approaches.
Jennifer’s areas of specialty include Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. She also works with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Health anxiety, Social phobia, Sexual abuse, Bereavement, Self-esteem issues, and Relationship problems.
Jennifer has undertaken various training on Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Pain Management. Her research interest lies in the use of mindfulness as a clinical intervention and the use of EMDR in treating trauma. You can find her published research here.
Jennifer is a fully accredited EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner who trained with Sandi-Richman, Consultant Psychologist, past president of the EMDR UK and Ireland Association. Jennifer uses EMDR in the treatment of Trauma and complex needs for Clinical Partners and for the NHS. Her work is informed by the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) evidence-based therapeutic intervention guidelines.