Dr Jessica Townsend, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jessica Townsend is a chartered clinical psychologist, specialising in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan. Jessica has many years of experience working with children and adults with neurodiversity, including Autism, ADHD and learning disability, as well as those with mental health difficulties. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient NHS services, research studies and forensic services, meaning she is confident working with highly varied presentations and a range of clinical severity. Jessica continues to work as a senior clinical psychologist within the NHS, alongside her private practice. 

Alongside her professional experience, Jessica is also a specialist by experience, having been a lifelong carer to a first degree relative with Autism. She is particularly interested in learning about the impact of neurodiversity within both the individual and their wider support systems. Jessica feels her personality and life experiences mean she has an appreciation of the challenges that can be associated with neurodiversity, but also the many strengths a person can present with, and this is something she always attempts to recognise within assessment. Jessica is extremely passionate about improving the lives of those with neurodiversity and their families, holding this as a core value within her work. 

Jessica supports our neurodevelopmental assessment service by providing autism spectrum and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments. Jessica works online only.

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Professional Placement, Cardiff University 

Training – Neurodevelopmental:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2  (ADOS-2)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) 
  • Diagnosis and Assessment of Adults with ADHD