Alex Howard Group

Our Team

Jess Thompson

Clinical Director
BSc(Hons) Psychology, Dip counselling, PGCE, Dip.Clin.Hyp.NLP.Coach.EFT

Jess completed a psychology degree in 1995 followed by a PGCE in primary education and, after a 10 year career in teaching, retrained as a psychotherapist and joined the psychology team at the OHC in 2010. Prior to her role as Clinical Director, Jess held the position of Director of Psychology for over a decade and she continues to enjoy leading and supervising the psychology team, and also teaching on the Therapeutic Coaching course. By combining her own personal clinical experience with that of the team, Jess has led on the creation of new and innovative OHC psychology programmes, which meet the needs of clients with a wide range of challenges including fatigue, trauma and anxiety.

Prior to joining the OHC Jess worked as a person-centred psychotherapist in both a hospice setting and as an independent practitioner, working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, sleep issues, bereavement and stress. Jess also has over 10 years of clinical experience working with clients with fatigue-related conditions and trauma. 

Jess has completed further training including the OHC Therapeutic Coaching™ program, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (a trauma specific psychotherapy), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). In addition to her professional qualifications, Jess brings lived experience from her own health journey of healing Lyme disease and chronic fatigue and consequently she enjoys supporting others in finding their own answers by assisting them on their personal health journey.

Our Team

 Jess Thompson
Clinical Director

Jess completed a psychology degree in 1995 followed by a PGCE in primary education and, after a 10 year career in teaching...

Alex Howard
Founder and Chairman

Alex Howard is Founder & Chairman of The Optimum Health Clinic, which he set up after his own 7 year struggle with ME...

Ana Bárbara Pereira

Ana Bárbara’s interest in integrative health and psychology began while dealing with her own chronic illness...

Bebe Kohlap
Practice Manager

Bebe entered into nutrition quite unexpectedly when she went to an open day at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, just to...

Charlotte Thomson

Charlotte initially trained as a musician and worked as a performer and teacher for several years before embarking on...

Claire Sehinson
Head of Research and Protocol Development

Claire is an educator, researcher and functional medicine trained nutritional therapist. Claire has over a decade of...

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