Dr Meadows (she/hers) is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years clinical experience in the UK’s National Health Service. Dr Meadows is an accredited Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy practitioner and has a specialist interest in attachment and relational trauma, which guides her work with clients across the lifespan. She offers individual and family therapy using evidence-based approaches such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) ,and EMDR. Dr Meadows aims to offer her clients a secure base from which they can tolerate difficult feelings, learn reflective function and reduce maladaptive coping in order to heal and thrive.
Dr Meadows is passionately committed to supporting the parents and carers of looked after children and has extensive experience in facilitation of specialist programmes including Nurturing Attachments™, Foundations for Attachment™, KEEP Standard® and KEEP SAFE™ In her therapeutic parenting work she supports parents to enhance their child’s emotional resilience, build connection and establish positive discipline using Dan Hughes’ PACE model The ultimate outcome for parents is to reduce stress, enhance confidence and feel more able to cope with the challenges of parenting.
Dr Meadows offers consultation and staff training in attachment and complex developmental trauma, supporting education professionals, residential staff and social care professionals in their vital role in supporting children with complex mental health needs. Dr Meadows strives to establish strong and supportive relationships with all parts of the child’s professional network, understanding that by enhancing empathy and acceptance between professionals we work more compassionately with the child at the heart of our services.
Dr Meadows also uses the Cognitive Analytic Therapy framework in her individual work with clients who have experienced relational trauma. The non-judgemental therapeutic stance of CAT allows the client to consider their attachment relationships and the resulting patterns that are enacted in their later life, which cause them emotional pain. With recognition that people are so much more than their identified symptoms or diagnosis, Dr Meadows supports her clients to tell their own story, manage overwhelming emotions, and improve interpersonal relationships. Dr Meadows has published research in the use of CAT in primary care settings and is co-author of the CAT Guided Self Help workbook for Anxiety.
Dr Meadows is trained in the following therapeutic models:
Meadows, J., & Kellett, S. (2017). Development and Evaluation of Cognitive Analytic Guided Self-Help (CAT-SH) for Use in IAPT Services. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(3), 266-284. doi:10.1017/S1352465816000485