Dr Julia Hannon

Clinical Lead for Adult Services

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Degrees And Education

  • Master of Arts in Psychology – University of Edinburgh
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Edinburgh

Further Training

  • Schema Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Risk assessment and safety planning for self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Psychological interventions in response to stress and distress in Dementia
  • Quality improvement methodology

Clinical Practice

As well as working therapeutically with clients I am also the Clinical Lead, this involves overseeing all aspects of clinical care across our diverse range of services. I am passionate about ensuring that all clients attending the practice receive assessment and treatments that are evidence based, clinically effective and safe, to allow each individual to thrive.

I have over 12 years experience of working within mental health services across both the NHS and the private sector. My experience has included working with people across the lifespan, with a wide range of difficulties in a variety of settings including; outpatient and inpatient services, and forensic services. I have gained experience of service design and development, as well as delivering training and supervision to colleagues.

At The Edinburgh Practice I see adults and older adults with a wide range of difficulties, including but not limited to; anxiety, depression, emotional difficulties, grief, stress, low self-esteem, adjustment, difficulties with relationships, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders. I enjoy working with students who are experiencing psychological difficulties and support them to adjust to the demands of University life, as well as coping with psychological distress. I have developed expertise and a special interest in working with elite athletes who are experiencing psychological difficulties which may be interlinked with sports performance.

Throughout my career I have held an interest and developed expertise in Neuropsychological Assessment for clients who may be presenting with a neurodegenerative disorder such as dementia. At the practice I offer Neuropsychological Assessments as part of our Memory Clinic service. I am passionate about providing an early and accurate diagnosis for clients with dementia, to promote early access to treatment, to allow those around a person with dementia to understand them better and to facilitate a person’s needs and desires being respected throughout their life.

Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic work is underpinned by two important pillars: the therapeutic relationship and evidence-based psychological therapies. Both my clinical experience and research studies suggest that forming a therapeutic relationship that is open, non-judgemental, trusting and empathetic is one of the key active ingredients for effective psychological therapy. I work together with clients to develop a shared understanding of current difficulties, identify factors which may have contributed towards these, as well as factors which may keep these difficulties going in the present. My therapeutic work is informed by evidence-based therapies including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.