Jim Clark

Psychotherapsist & Associate

jim@balancedminds.com

 

Jim is an experienced BABCP accredited psychotherapist, and mindfulness and meditation teacher. His journey began in the arts and music industry in London and Glasgow in the 1990s. In 2000 he started a regular meditation practice, and shortly afterwards he decided to retrain as a mental health nurse. He went on to complete cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training and has worked for many years in different settings in the NHS as a nurse, a specialist CBT therapist, and a mindfulness teacher, trainer and supervisor.

Since 2015 Jim has been working in private practice in London offering individual therapy and teaching more than 30 8-week mindfulness courses. He now offers individual therapy online. He loves working with people and helping them learn how to be their own therapists by managing difficulties more effectively, connecting with what matters, and choosing paths that lead to greater nourishment, fulfilment, healing and ease.

Jim can offer individualised assessment, formulation and therapy for clients seeking help with a wide range of issues. He works in a client centred way, creating a warm and safe space to explore whatever issues his clients wish to bring. These can include relationship difficulties, stress at work and/or home, creative blocks and challenging life decisions, low mood and depression, anxiety and worry, problems around eating, sleep difficulties, obsessive thoughts and behaviours, traumatic memories or events, and addictions.

His therapy approach is based in the cognitive behavioural tradition. Jim has a particular interest and appreciation for compassion focused therapy (CFT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and depending on the client’s needs, he will draw upon and integrate other therapeutic approaches including functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Jim is committed to a non-discriminatory practice. His approach is kink friendly and sex positive. He is appreciative of differences however they are experienced and perceived by the client, be that by gender, sex, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or belief. He doesn’t assume he will always get it right, and welcomes feedback from clients to know if there are ways they can feel more comfortable opening up around these or other issues.

Education and qualifications
2019-20 – Diploma in Online Counselling and Psychotherapy, OCST
2012-14 – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Master of Studies (Distinction), Oxford University
2010-12 – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Post Grad Diploma (Merit), London South Bank University
2006 – DipHE (Distinction), Mental Health Nursing, King’s College London
1994 – BA (with honours), Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

Selected clinical training
2020 – Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Matthew Skinta
2019 – CBT+ Supercharging your CBT with CFT, ACT and DBT, Fiona Kennerly
2019 – ACT Assisted Psychedelic Retreat, Mindfulness Training Ltd
2018 – Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Teacher Training, Erik van den Brink
2018 – Relational Frame Theory, Louise McHugh
2017 – Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Jonathan Kanter
2017 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy year-long pathway, Mindfulness Training Ltd
2016 – Mindfulness Supervisor Training, Mindfulness Network
2016 – Compassionate Mind Training 8-week course, Balanced Minds
2015-16 – Introductory and Advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Paul Gilbert
2015-16 – Introductory and Advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT for depression and anxiety, ACT for teens, ACT and mindfulness for trauma) with Russ Harris
2009 – Mindfulness Teacher Training retreat, Bangor University
2008 – Dual Diagnosis and Motivational Interviewing training, South London & Maudlsey NHS Trust

Professional registration, accreditation and professional memberships
Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a mental health nurse
Full Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Listed Mindfulness Teacher with the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA)
Professional Member of the Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Online (ACT