Jeni completed her Bachelor of Psychology and Honours degree at The University of Sydney followed by a Doctor of Psychology (Couns) at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has undertaken advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. Jeni completed additional cognitive therapy training with Prof. Paul Salkvoskis at the Institute for Psychiatry, London.
Jeni holds national registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA), with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. She is authorised to provide clinical psychological services under Medicare and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.
Jeni has over 15 years’ clinical experience in using evidence-based cognitive and behavioural therapeutic interventions to help individuals overcome a variety of mild to severe anxiety and depressive disorders. She has worked in both private practice and hospital settings.
For many years, Jeni was a Consultant Psychologist in the cognitive behavioural therapy team at The Priory Hospital, London. She ran individual and group sessions for a diverse group of clients including those managing generalised anxiety disorder, depression, social phobia, OCD, and panic disorder. Throughout her years at The Priory, Jeni worked directly under Dr. David Veale, a recognised expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders using CBT. During this time Jeni co-developed a cognitive behavioural therapy inpatient program for the treatment of obsessional anxiety disorders at The Priory. The program was awarded the National Priory Group Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008. In addition to her work at the hospital, Jeni worked several days a week in private practice at The Heath, London and soon afterwards set up her own practice in Islington, London.
Jeni has lectured at the Royal Free Hospital, London on anxiety disorders for psychiatrists in training. She presented at the Annual CBT Anxiety Disorders Conference in the UK on the treatment of cognitive distortions using behavioural experiments.
In 2009, Jeni formed part of a small multidisciplinary clinical research team to assess the efficacy of CBT for individuals with mild learning difficulties. The project was funded by the UK government.
Jeni completed her doctoral clinical training at McKesson International, Sydney where she worked in the crisis management team, Macquarie University Outpatient Clinic and finally, in the CBT department at The Priory.
Jeni has a special interest in the application of positive psychology in individual therapy. That is, identifying and building on unique individual strengths to help overcome presenting problems. She is also interested in the brain changes that can occur when self-compassion is used as an adjunct to traditional CBT methods. Jeni is a member of the APS Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interest group.