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About me

Dr Jenna Kirtley


Hello, I am Jenna, a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist based in Newcastle upon Tyne with a particular specialism in working with individuals who have experienced relationship difficulties, trauma and complex trauma. I offer a holistic approach to trauma healing that considers the emotional, physical, and social factors impacting on mental health, wellbeing and relationships. 

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My experience 

I have previously worked in forensic, personality disorder and Military Veteran services within the NHS. Since leaving the NHS I have specialised in trauma in clinical practice, academic teaching, research interests, publications and workshops. I have focused my continued professional development in this area and have completed a number of courses that have strengthened my expertise in trauma. 


My approach 

I am passionate about empowering individuals to find ways to make positive changes to their lives and heal from past trauma, and am able to adapt my approach based on your specific needs. I find it important to listen to someone’s story and to help them make sense of the difficulties they are facing. 


I like to work collaboratively with clients to decide on the best intervention to suit their needs, often using an integrative approach drawing from a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Internal Family Systems and EMDR therapy.

My qualifications 

  • EMDR Accredited Training - EMDR UK & Europe /2018

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - University of Liverpool/ 2017

  • DBT group skills /2013 

  • MSc Forensic Psychology- University of York/ 2012

  • PGDip Psychotherapy Studies- University of Sheffield/ 2011

  • Bsc (Hons) Law & Psychology- Sheffield Hallam University/ 2008

Accreditation to Professional Bodies 




  • Kirtley, J., Chiocchi, J., Cole, J. and Sampson, M. (2018). Stigma, Emotion Appraisal, and the Family Environment as Predictors of Carer Burden for Relatives of Individuals Who Meet the Diagnostic Criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 33, 1-18. doi:10.1521/pedi_2018_32_355

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