My name is Jessica Hayes and ReImagine Therapy is the name of my private therapy and training company based in Warrington, Cheshire.
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the governing body for CBT in the UK. I am also an experienced trainer and have been training people in the field of mental health and suicide prevention for the past six years.
I am a confident trainer and I take the time to really adapt my approach to the people who I am training. My aim is to create more training to help professionals feel comfortable in working with topics such as suicide and other areas of mental health.
I also want to make training more widely available to everyone, to give them confidence in getting to know their own thoughts and emotional wellbeing, in addition to recognising when others are struggling. With more training, I believe that emotional wellbeing will be a topic more people will discuss and help with, resulting in less people needing to access mental health support in the future.
My training experience began when I was working as an Assistant Psychologist. In collaboration with my supervisor and multi-disciplinary team, I built skills in training and completed research on the evidence-base behind the subject matters that I was interested in and had experience in working with. I then spent a great deal of time training residential care workers and other professionals on topics such as; attachment theory, the impact of trauma on the brain, parenting looked after young people, working with self-harm and other risk behaviours, recognising mental health difficulties, and emotion regulation.
Following this, I worked for a suicide prevention charity, on a suicide prevention helpline supporting people with thoughts of suicide and those helping others with these thoughts. During my time here, I completed training in the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) model, the only World Health Organisation-approved, evidence-based suicide prevention model. This was the model I used every day on the helpline and I built up experience in adapting the model based on who I was supporting. In this company, I became the manager of the helpline and a large part of this role was training others to support people with thoughts of suicide, adapting my approach to fit with a multitude of experiences and personalities. I also trained young people, parents, teachers, doctors, and other professionals within this role, focusing on suicide prevention in addition to self-harm, emotion regulation, and different areas within mental health.