Jane Chugg-White has over twenty-five years of experience working as a therapist in residential and outpatient settings, working with a wide variety of presenting issues. Jane particularly specialises in working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD/developmental/attachment based trauma and dissociation, but she also has many years of experience and expertise in treating a wide variety of mental health presentations.
Position at Priory
Jane Chugg-White began working for Priory Hospital Ticehurst House more than 16 years ago within their residential complex trauma programme. She has worked extensively with both residential patients and outpatients with particular specialism in working with PTSD, with both single event and multiple event traumas. She also specialises in working with complex PTSD and developmental and attachment based trauma as well as dissociation. In addition, she also has extensive experience in working with depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety related issues.
Jane also clinically supervises other therapy staff within the Priory including a specialist team of therapists working with patients who are engaging in severe self-harming/suicidal behaviours.
Jane is currently based at Ticehurst House, primarily working with outpatients (but not exclusively) with a wide variety of presenting issues but also continues to specialise in working with presentations of PTSD and complex PTSD; including developmental and attachment based trauma and dissociation.
Jane is accredited with both the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP)
Jane Chugg-White began her first therapeutic training 27 years ago in London where she was based at the time.
She spent eight years working within a Rape Crisis Centre. This began as a volunteer placement as part of her therapeutic training. This placement progressed to an employed position and in her last year she was the Rape Crisis centre manager. Within the centre Jane Chugg-White offered face to face and helpline counselling. She co-wrote and delivered a training package for prospective volunteers and engaged in a lot of media related and consultancy work to both external agencies and media related organisations. During her time working within Rape Crisis and for a while afterwards Jane Chugg-White was part of an advisory body to the Metropolitan Police (based at New Scotland Yard) on Rape and Sexual Assaults. This was primarily focussed on improving the treatment and services for victims of these crimes. As part of her rape crisis work, she also supervised volunteers within the charity she was working within as well as volunteers who were working for a local Domestic Violence charity. Jane Chugg-White also sat for many years on the local (to the Rape Crisis Centre) council Domestic Violence forum.
After her time with Rape Crisis, Jane Chugg-White worked within the NHS as project co-ordinator for a pilot project to both raise awareness of domestic violence, and to introduce routine screening for domestic violence into A & E and Maternity Departments. As part of this work, she delivered comprehensive training in awareness of domestic violence and its effects to medical and nursing staff.
Jane Chugg-White also worked within Canterbury Christchurch University as a senior lecturer as part of their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. She also worked as a lead examiner and clinical supervisor to students on the IAPT training course within Canterbury Christchurch University.
- Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS Training UK Sheffield. (Due to complete in April 2020)
- Mindfulness Teacher Training for individuals and groups (London Maggie Stanton 2018)
- Specialist EMDR Disaster Protocol training in regard to recent terrorist attacks/Grenfell fire (Trauma Aid UK London 2017)
- Level 1 2 and 3 Lifespan Integration Therapy (Crawley; Mandy Roland 2017)
- Comprehensive Resource Model (London; Lisa Schwarz 2017)
- Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Canterbury and Christchurch University 2008)
- Fully Qualified Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) (Behavioural Tech LLC 2006 – 2007)
- Fully qualified practitioner in Eye Movement De-sensitization Re-processing (EMDR). Level 1 2 and 3. (EMDR INSTITUTE, INC.2005 – 2006).
- Certificate in Multi-Cultural Counselling for women and girls who have experienced violence. (Women and Girls’ Network London Open College Network 2003)
- Certificate of attendance in training for the ‘Duluth Minnesota Model’ in working with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence (Croydon 2000)
- Volunteer Training with Addaction (Drug and Alcohol agency Brighton 1999)
- Certificate in Telephone helpline counselling for survivors of Rape and/or childhood sexual abuse (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 1999)
- Volunteer training and work with Childline (Childline London HQ 1997)
- Certificate in Face-to-Face counselling for survivors of Rape and/or childhood sexual abuse (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 1995)
- Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Morley College London 1992 – 1995)
- Certificate in Transpersonal Perspectives in Counselling (London Centre for Transpersonal Psychology 1992 – 1995)
With the issues that Jane works with/specialises in, she works collaboratively with each client she sees to create an individual formulation to help make sense of the presenting issues and what might have contributed to the development of the issues and what might also be maintaining them.
If appropriate, Jane pays attention to where and when there has been psychological injury. From that injury a person’s system adapts/has adapted in the best way it knows/knew how to do so in order to continue to survive. Our survival brain primarily operates outside of our conscious awareness and therefore these responses/adaptations are often out of our control; and usually unconscious.
Often, we only become aware of them when they have become maladaptive and begin to cause problems with functioning in our daily lives. A person may have a sudden onset of finding it difficult to function or may have been struggling for weeks/months/years. These struggles can be with issues such as addictions; self-harm; perfectionism; difficulties in regulating emotions; a relentless inner critic; eating disorders; difficulties with setting boundaries; low self-esteem; phobias; avoidance of certain situations; being hypervigilant; being highly reactive to seemingly minor things; difficulty in functioning due to intrusive images; flashbacks to past traumatic situations; difficulty in relationships; sleep problems; generalised anxiety; depression etc. (This is by no means an exhaustive list). However the person may not know how and why they are feeling or behaving the way that they are and/or experiencing the symptoms that they are experiencing; and even more crucially, not know how to change their symptoms. This can lead to further feelings such as despair, hopelessness and often shame.
This is where psychological therapy can help.