Psychological Therapy Service


Champions Charity offer funded clinical psychology therapy with our resident Consultant Clinical Psychologist Joanne McVey. Here are a few words from Joanne.

“My name is Dr Joanne McVey, and I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based in York, UK. I have worked within the NHS for 30 years and I now work independently with individuals and organisations.

I specialise in helping adults who struggle with anxiety problems, depression, the impact of a traumatic event, life transitions, chronic illness and almost any issue that causes day to day psychological distress.

For the last 20 years of my career, I have spent my time working in acute hospitals in Leeds and York with people suffering from physical health problems, including cancer, chronic pain and gastro-intestinal disorders. My physical health clients often became depressed or anxious as a result of facing a life changing diagnosis unexpectedly, as well as the impact it had on their everyday life and close relationships. They often inspired me with their resilience in the face of adversity, and it was great to see how much they benefitted from psychological sessions.

I am trained in a number of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR). I tend to use techniques from all these different therapies to help my clients in the way that I think will help them towards healthy and lasting change, in as short a time as possible.

More importantly than all these qualifications, I am a really good listener and I genuinely want to help people to reach a place where they feel happier and more at peace with themselves.

I have already been impressed with the contact I have had with Claire and the Cauda Equina Champions Charity and I think it is very commendable that the organisation are willing and able to fund psychological work for people struggling as a result of CES.

I am happy to offer face to face sessions in my accessible office on the outskirts of York. Virtual sessions also work really well if you have an mobile phone, ipad or laptop.

I look forward to offering a helpful psychological space to anyone who is referred to me via the CE Champions Charity.”

If you would like support from Joanne, please contact Gail [email protected] who will be happy to help.

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