Jemma Austin

Jemma is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). Jemma has worked in mental health for more than 10 years and has extensive experience of working with psychological difficulties. She works with adults who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety disorders.

She regularly uses CBT for the treatment of;

Panic Disorder (with or without agoraphobia)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Health Anxiety
Social Phobia
Low Self Esteem
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Specific Phobia
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
Stress & anxiety?

Jemma has seen how psychological therapy can transform people’s lives, providing them with the tools they need to make real change. CBT works on the principle of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interlinked and how we can get caught in negative cycles. CBT applies a problem solving, goal focused, structured approach to treatment with a ‘here and now’ focus. She works with the individual to gain a shared understanding of the difficulties they are experiencing. From this they can work together to learn ways to change unhelpful thinking, modify behaviours and manage emotions. She is passionate about mental health and supporting people in their recovery.

CBT has a strong evidence base and has been recommended by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of many psychological disorders and demonstrates excellent recovery rates.

Jemma is also an accredited IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) therapist for Depression. IPT is a specific treatment for depression. It focuses on 4 different focal areas:

Disputes -Depression has developed following on-going disputes with, for example a partner or family member.
Transitions – Depression has developed following a significant change in your life such as retirement, redundancy or divorce.
Bereavement – The loss of a loved one has left you stuck in the grieving process resulting in depression.
Sensitivities – Difficulties making and maintaining relationships has led to depression and social isolation

IPT is a highly structured, time-limited approach, which works on the principle that psychological symptoms of depression can be improved if we improve our interactions with others. Similar to CBT it maintains a here and now focus and does not delve into past experiences of relationships. IPT treatment encourages you to utilise your social support and network to aid your recovery.

To book a session with Jemma at York Clinic  or for more information telephone Jemma on 07512 232547, go to her website  or email her

Jemma works at York Clinic on Thursdays afternoons.