van Niekerk


Jan qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1995, and has worked as a registered clinical psychologist in Cambridge in the NHS since 2003. He obtained BA Hons and MA degrees in clinical psychology, and an MSc in health psychology, and completed a clinical psychology internship. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and completed a certificate in cognitive therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia in 2003 (one year extramural programme) and a diploma in applied clinical neuropsychology at King’s College London in 2005.

Jan has expertise in the treatment of a wide range of psychological problems in adults, including depression, mood swings, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, health anxiety, generalised anxiety and worry, low assertiveness, and stress-related and relationship problems.

He has a particular interest in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder. His book, Coping with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Oneworld, Oxford, 2009; part of the Coping with series), is available on Amazon (…) and he is involved in scientific research on OCD and plays an active role in the national charity, OCD-UK.

The psychotherapy approach that he uses is called cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). He believes in working as a team with his clients to address problems in their lives actively, by understanding and modifying unhelpful ways of thinking and acting, and helping them to maximise their potential. Past experiences are important in as far as they have contributed to the development of detrimental underlying beliefs about the self, relationships and the future, and these become important focus areas in therapy.

He is available at the Beechwood Practice on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays.

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