About Me

Psychological Therapy in Wigan, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Counselling in Wigan

Dr Jennifer Deakin, CPsychol., AFBPsS

I am a Clinical Psychologist, Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - Deakin-Denman); Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and later became an Associate Fellow. I joined the Division of Clinical Psychology, within the BPS, in 2004, and became a member of the Learning Disability Faculty in 2008. I qualified from Lancaster University in 2007 and have worked within the NHS since that time, as well as in part-time private practice since 2008. Prior to beginning Clinical Psychology training in 2004, I worked as a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT).
I regularly undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to ensure my practice is up-to-date, efficient and effective; that I am fully competent within my practice; and that I provide the best possible evidenced-based care. I receive regular supervision as required by the BPS and HCPC.
I am a reviewer for the British Journal of Health Psychology; a Readers Panel Member and Foundation Trust Member of Nottingham United Hospitals; and was a Partnership Advisory Panel Member for Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group. I also sit on the Action on Hearing Loss Research Panel.

Relevant Qualifications / Training

2018 - BPS Expert Witness Training - Refresher
Training in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)
Training in Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
2017 - Relational Skills Training for Psychological Therapists
2016 - Root Cause Analysis Training
2016 - Accredited Assessor with The Diagnostic Interview for Social and
Communication Disorders (DISCO) - Autism assessment
2015 - ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
Clinical Risk Assessment and Formulation Training
Medical Assessor for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC)
2010 - BPS Expert Witness Training
2009 - Level 3 Award in First Line Management
2007 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
2004 - Master of Science in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MSc CBT)
2000 - Batchelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons) and Counselling Level One
1978 - General Nurse


In the NHS, I have extensive experience of working in a Learning Disability / Autism Community Mental Health Team, providing psychological services, consultation, teaching and training to other mental health professionals, care and residential home teams, and service providers; as well as individuals and their families / carers.
I am proficient in providing supervision (both individual and group) to Assistant, Trainee and qualified Clinical Psychologists, other health professionals, and staff members in care, nursing and residential homes.
I have had experience of working within a specialist Sexual Health Service and carried out my doctoral thesis on sexual dysfunction.

In my private practice I have substantial experience in working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other presentations worked with are sexual health difficulties and well-being, anxiety disorders, depression, attachment and behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, pain management, phobias, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and relationships - this is not an exhaustive list.
I am experienced in carrying out medico-legal / expert witness assessments and completing timely detailed reports.

My work is informed by a variety of models including CBT, mindfulness, working with systems around the individual, and behavioural therapy. Modes of working are dependent on the presentation of difficulties by each individual.

I have considerable experience and training in the use of cognitive assessments such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV); executive function assessments such as the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (DKEFS); autism assessments such as the DISCO, ADI-R and ADOS; as well as a range of other psychometric assessments. I am experienced in the administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of the same.