Jacky Francis Walker
“You seem to be the most experienced therapist … in the City of London” (MR London Apr 2018)
“I’m really surprised at how different I feel. Before, I just thought I was an anxious person and could do nothing about it. Now, I realise that the way I think has been causing that anxiety. Thank you!” (RH, Norwich Feb 2015)
“The difference since our first session last week is incredible. I came with nothing, and left with so much. It’s been life changing.” (SW, London Jan 2015)
“What you offer is unique… Not only skilled at psychotherapy but also in working with the creative process. I had been thinking of working with a writing coach, but I get all that and much more with you…” (JK, Norfolk May 2016)
I am a leading psychotherapist, mindfulness consultant, executive coach, clinical supervisor and trainer. Regularly featured in Psychologies magazine.
I have been in practice since 1993, and have a particular interest in working with high achieving professionals and creative people. My specialist areas include stress, burnout, creativity, quality of life and deeper self connection.
I offer appointments in London’s Harley Street area, the City of London, Hoxton/Shoreditch borders, in Norwich and also via Skype, so you can get help no matter where in the world you are.
Clients often find me through word of mouth recommendations. I also receive referrals from other health professionals, such as doctors, cosmetic surgeons, occupational health professionals and dental surgeons. I am also registered with most Employee Assistance schemes and health insurance policies which may cover the cost of sessions.
The combination of skills I offer is unique in the UK. As author of The Burnout Bible (and ‘Entertaining An Artist: Vegan. Wheatfree. Handful!’, available through my website or major online retailers), I am one of the UK’s leading specialists in stress, burn-out and work/life balance. Many people don’t know that there’s a difference between stress and burnout, or that each needs a very different approach. That’s where my specialist know-how comes to the fore, to help you back on your feet in the fastest possible time.
I work from an integrative approach, informed by humanistic and psychodynamic philosophy and mindfulness ways of working, but I draw from the best of other approaches too, such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), depending upon your needs. I am able to vary my style from fairly structured to fairly loose, according to your preference. By working collaboratively we can arrive at the most appropriate working style for you, so please do let me know if you’d like us to adjust anything.
I have been working with mindfulness-based approaches since the early 1990s. My MA thesis examined how mindfulness (in the form of the felt sense) could be found within most schools of psychotherapy and distilled key principles for working with mindfulness within a psychotherapeutic approach. In 2014, I took part in an innovative pilot scheme on Mindfulness and Weight Loss. In 2018, I completed a Certificate in Third Wave CBT, covering contemporary CBT approaches based on the principles of mindfulness.
My specialist areas
I have a particular interest in working with:
stress, burnout and work-life balance (with a special emphasis on the particular needs of high achieving professionals and people in the creative arts)
quality of life issues (including mid-life crisis, life goals and spiritual values)
the creative process
personal / professional development, including a deeper self connection
My sessions are usually highly sought after, so do please contact me about arranging a session so that we can make a start in the earliest possible time. Sessions need to be paid for at least 48 hours in advance.