Dr Jay McClellan

Pain psychologist with doctorate and masters in psychobiology.

Our most experienced psychologist, Dr Jay McClellan has spent nearly two decades applying a scientific lens to the mind-body connection.

Upon finishing her psychology degree, Jay completed a Masters in Psychobiology; studying the connection between psychology and biology. She then stepped into a doctorate in counselling psychology and has since spent over 15 years in clinical practice.

MY APPROACH

Slow down and listen.

"In today's fast-paced, high-pressure society, it can be difficult to slow down and listen to your own inner voice. I work compassionately and collaboratively with my clients to allow them the space to hear their own voice and determine their own direction forward."

My areas of expertise

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The mind-body connection

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Mindfulness practices

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Interventional stress management

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Trauma and anxiety

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Neuroplasticity-based therapies

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Active self-management strategies

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And more...

Experience

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19+ years clinical psychology

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15+ years child and adolescent psychology

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10+ years pain care experience

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10+ years in multidisciplinary practice

My Story

From a very early age, I have practised yoga, tai chi and meditation. I was raised to view the mind-body connection, not just as 'real', but as being an essential tool for health and wellbeing. Upon leaving school, it felt like a natural progression to evolve this lifestyle into a career.

I began my studies with a degree in Psychology, during which time I developed a keen interest in ‘health psychology’. I read a book authored by a world-renown professor of neurological science, Robert Sapolsky, titled ‘Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers’. I found his explorations of the interconnectedness of psychology and human biology fascinating. The book had me hooked, and it was this interest that led me to complete a masters degree in Psychobiology.

I then went on to complete further studies in the United Kingdom. Wanting to learn more about practical psychological interventions for people living with chronic health conditions, I completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I’ve now been working locally and internationally for over 15 years practising psychology in a variety of public, private and charitable settings. I remain keenly interested in the mind-body connection. I find this connection can be particularly profound in people with pain, who often experience a range of psychological symptoms alongside their pain.

My Approach

I work with clients of all ages using an integrative model of therapy to help them live better, more meaningful lives – with or without pain. Many psychology interventions and techniques have demonstrated efficacy in pain management. Among them are mindfulness-based practices, cognitive-behavioural therapy, guided hypnosis and a range of neuroplasticity therapies.

In today's fast-paced, high-pressure society, it can be difficult to slow down and find the time to listen to your own body, needs and emotions. I work compassionately and collaboratively with my clients to provide them the space to hear their own voice and determine their own direction forward.

Qualifications

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology, 2000

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Master of Science (Hons) Psychobiology, 2002, UK

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Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, 2012, UK

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