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We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
We seek to improve the lives of children, young people and adults through direct service provision, respectful practice and neurobiologically informed research.
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Dr Jessica Christie Sands Chartered Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Christie Sands

Counselling Psychologist
and Clinical Director

Jessica has a considerable portfolio of experience working across a diverse range of professional settings spanning twenty-five years including further and higher education, frontline statutory and non-statutory service provision and the NHS. Beginning her career in teaching full-time in post-sixteen education she worked in the educational field for a further ten years before commencing a PhD. Her early interest in trauma developed while completing a PhD on trauma-related violence. Her work in this field together with her developing research interests on the traumatic implications of domestic violence on mental health provided the impetus to undertake further doctoral training in Counselling Psychology.

Her therapeutic approach encompasses the vital connections between the mind, brain and body. She works on the interface between the neurobiology of attachment, compassionate focused practice and body-based therapeutic interventions. She believes that the primary intelligence of the body is fundamentally towards health and healing.  In much of her clinical work, she seeks to recruit the wisdom of the body as a window into the nervous system and as a key therapeutic resource. She has a special interest in how the nervous system organises relationally and how the body holds its own story of survival.  During any therapeutic encounter, she believes that the nervous system is in constant dialogue through subtle changes in facial expressions, gaze resting responses, respiratory rhythms, the musical cadence of voice and micro muscular shifts in body posture and gesture.

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In her current role at Sussex Psychology, she works closely with the Service Lead to coordinate the assessment and delivery of specialist therapeutic services across different local authorities and residential services.  Her current research interests lie on the interface between embryology, prenatal adversity and perinatal mental health with a particular focus on birth, impaired bonding and attachment shock.  She is keen to continue and develop her own special clinical and research interests in relational neurobiology and how the imprint of our first relationship, beginning in utero, shapes our evolving capacity for intimate contact, connection and communication throughout life.  She is currently working with closely with Dr Frank Corrigan on how the neural architecture of the brainstem provides a gateway into understanding the neurodevelopmental implications of early life adversity, trauma and neglect on the developing brain.

Jessica is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPs). She is an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant, a Certified Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and a Certified Neurosequential Practitioner in both NMT and NME.  Her current clinical interest in body-based approaches and the use of touch as a powerful bridge to healing early developmental trauma has recently led her to embark on a two year training program running concurrently with Dr Steve Terrell on ‘Transforming Touch’ and Dr Aline La Pierre on ‘Neuroaffective Touch’.

Dr Jessica Christie Sands Chartered Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Christie Sands

Counselling Psychologist
and Clinical Director

Jessica has a considerable portfolio of experience working across a diverse range of professional settings spanning twenty-five years including further and higher education, frontline statutory and non-statutory service provision and the NHS. Beginning her career in teaching full-time in post-sixteen education she worked in the educational field for a further ten years before commencing a PhD. Her early interest in trauma developed while completing a PhD on trauma-related violence. Her work in this field together with her developing research interests on the traumatic implications of domestic violence on mental health provided the impetus to undertake further doctoral training in Counselling Psychology.

Her therapeutic approach encompasses the vital connections between the mind, brain and body. She works on the interface between the neurobiology of attachment, compassionate focused practice and body-based therapeutic interventions. She believes that the primary intelligence of the body is fundamentally towards health and healing.  In much of her clinical work, she seeks to recruit the wisdom of the body as a window into the nervous system and as a key therapeutic resource. She has a special interest in how the nervous system organises relationally and how the body holds its own story of survival.  During any therapeutic encounter, she believes that the nervous system is in constant dialogue through subtle changes in facial expressions, gaze resting responses, respiratory rhythms, the musical cadence of voice and micro muscular shifts in body posture and gesture.

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In her current role at Sussex Psychology, she works closely with the Service Lead to coordinate the assessment and delivery of specialist therapeutic services across different local authorities and residential services.  Her current research interests lie on the interface between embryology, prenatal adversity and perinatal mental health with a particular focus on birth, impaired bonding and attachment shock.  She is keen to continue and develop her own special clinical and research interests in relational neurobiology and how the imprint of our first relationship, beginning in utero, shapes our evolving capacity for intimate contact, connection and communication throughout life.  She is currently working with closely with Dr Frank Corrigan on how the neural architecture of the brainstem provides a gateway into understanding the neurodevelopmental implications of early life adversity, trauma and neglect on the developing brain.

Jessica is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPs). She is an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant, a Certified Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and a Certified Neurosequential Practitioner in both NMT and NME.  Her current clinical interest in body-based approaches and the use of touch as a powerful bridge to healing early developmental trauma has recently led her to embark on a two year training program running concurrently with Dr Steve Terrell on ‘Transforming Touch’ and Dr Aline La Pierre on ‘Neuroaffective Touch’.

Dr Jessica Christie Sands Chartered Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Christie Sands

Counselling Psychologist
and Clinical Director

Jessica has a considerable portfolio of experience working across a diverse range of professional settings spanning twenty-five years including further and higher education, frontline statutory and non-statutory service provision and the NHS. Beginning her career in teaching full-time in post-sixteen education she worked in the educational field for a further ten years before commencing a PhD. Her early interest in trauma developed while completing a PhD on trauma-related violence. Her work in this field together with her developing research interests on the traumatic implications of domestic violence on mental health provided the impetus to undertake further doctoral training in Counselling Psychology.

Her therapeutic approach encompasses the vital connections between the mind, brain and body. She works on the interface between the neurobiology of attachment, compassionate focused practice and body-based therapeutic interventions. She believes that the primary intelligence of the body is fundamentally towards health and healing.  In much of her clinical work, she seeks to recruit the wisdom of the body as a window into the nervous system and as a key therapeutic resource. She has a special interest in how the nervous system organises relationally and how the body holds its own story of survival.  During any therapeutic encounter, she believes that the nervous system is in constant dialogue through subtle changes in facial expressions, gaze resting responses, respiratory rhythms, the musical cadence of voice and micro muscular shifts in body posture and gesture.

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In her current role at Sussex Psychology, she works closely with the Service Lead to coordinate the assessment and delivery of specialist therapeutic services across different local authorities and residential services.  Her current research interests lie on the interface between embryology, prenatal adversity and perinatal mental health with a particular focus on birth, impaired bonding and attachment shock.  She is keen to continue and develop her own special clinical and research interests in relational neurobiology and how the imprint of our first relationship, beginning in utero, shapes our evolving capacity for intimate contact, connection and communication throughout life.  She is currently working with closely with Dr Frank Corrigan on how the neural architecture of the brainstem provides a gateway into understanding the neurodevelopmental implications of early life adversity, trauma and neglect on the developing brain.

Jessica is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPs). She is an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant, a Certified Advanced Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and a Certified Neurosequential Practitioner in both NMT and NME.  Her current clinical interest in body-based approaches and the use of touch as a powerful bridge to healing early developmental trauma has recently led her to embark on a two year training program running concurrently with Dr Steve Terrell on ‘Transforming Touch’ and Dr Aline La Pierre on ‘Neuroaffective Touch’.