Maximise Effectiveness

Therapist Events 2018

Be Connected Workshops
Open to all


These events are brought to you by Thrive Psychology Psychotherapy Psychoeducation Ltd.

Beginning as a part time practice alongside NHS and University commitments, in its infancy Thrive was set up by Dr Jessica Bolton to provide compassionate and effective psychological therapy to individuals. Over the years Thrive has grown and is now a team of passionate, clinical psychologists, providing high quality assessment, evidence based treatment, experiential events, training and psychoeducational courses.

The team delivers courses and workshops to qualified clinicians, and in university settings to trainee clinical psychologists. Jessica’s passion for learning more about how to become a better therapist is infectious and she was enthused and encouraged to share this enthusiasm and learning with a wider audience.

“I really wanted to bring together the essential ingredients in creating great therapy to as many new therapists as possible and to the growing community of therapists who were already passionate about this area.  Standing on the shoulders of giants, and following a growing body of evidence, I have been putting on events to help healthcare professionals learn together to be the best we can be for over a decade now”, Dr Jessica Bolton.


We welcome additional speakers and presenters for our main events and workshops but here is more about Thrive team members who deliver our packages of training and bespoke workshops:

Dr Jessica Bolton. D.Clin.Psy, BA (Hons) Oxon,
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of Thrive PPP Ltd

Dr Jessica Bolton, Founder of Maximising EffectivenessJessica is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Experiential Dynamic Therapist and Trainer. Founder and director of Thrive Psychology Psychotherapy Psychoeducation Ltd, with twenty years of experience in university, NHS and independent mental health settings.
As an NHS senior manger, she clinically led an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service in the Midlands, developing connection and collaboration within the teams, as well as bespoke performance management tools and procedures to ensure high patient satisfaction and recovery rates. An early implementer in this highly effective model, she has been a pioneer in bringing experiential dynamic therapy to clinicians and clients in the UK. She helped to set up and attended the first EDT 3 year core training programme in the UK and completed a three year training programme to become an IEDTA accredited EDT teacher and supervisor. She has taught at many universities in the UK, including Coventry, Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Birmingham, and East Anglia.

The evidence base around this model highlights its effectiveness in working with a broad range of client difficulties, including ‘treatment resistant’ clients and those with medically unexplained symptoms. The model emphasises the factors associated with brain change in adults. In addition, the key concepts of working transdiagnositically, focusing on the present moment in therapy, and in developing the person of the therapist are fully integrated.

Since January 2017, she has been serving as President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. She has written a chapter in Theory and Practice of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy about working with EDT in primary care, exploring general aspects to this work as well as a specific case. She delivers training in the Midlands to clinical psychology training courses as well as offering bespoke and IEDTA accredited EDT core training. She specialises in training those working with highly complex cases to develop transdiagnostic and transtheoretcial skills, and to be themselves within the therapy room.

She works to simplify the complex process of therapeutic change, both within the models she teaches and across broad therapeutic approaches in order to disseminate the specific factors that promote healing.  She connects with her audience, inspiring novice and experienced professionals alike; attempting to teach with humility, respecting the expertise within the room and with intense curiosity.  In addition, she takes an approach of valuing the specific factors that have been found to be associated with brain change in adults that can be applied to all models of therapy, all therapeutic encounters, and teaching, coaching and supervision.  She creates safe and challenging training environments – ensuring that all six factors are considered.  Creating space for profound moments of meeting, emotional activation, working in a learning zone with challenge, and ensuring repetition and focus; in addition, deeply valuing the development of a coherent narrative and collaborative relationships.


Dr Ricky Barrows BSc (Hons), D ClinPsy, CPsychol,
HCPC Reg. Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Lead for Thrive Psychotherapy

Dr Ricky Barrows of Thrive PPPRicky favours an integrated way of working with the principles underpinning cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), modern psychodynamic approaches, and EMDR, especially when they are linked with neurological research and an understanding of how the mind and body influence one another.

An interest in medically unexplained symptoms led him to seek additional training in Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), and he subsequently completed his core training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP; an EDT therapy).Ricky has particular interests in attachment theory, which involves understanding how we relate to ourselves and others, particularly in close relationships, and resolving trauma, which is at the heart of most psychological difficulties.

Before working on a full-time basis in private practice, Ricky worked for the NHS for 7 years within a variety of specialist settings, covering services such as Occupational Health, Physical Health, and Community Mental Health. In addition to his private work. Ricky is also an honorary lecturer, teaching workshops on the Coventry and Warwick Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme.


Dr Angela Cooper Clinical Psychologist, ISTDP Therapist & Supervisor

Dr Angela Cooper is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and a Registered Psychologist specializing in ISTDP. She has completed 4 years of post-doctoral ISTDP training with Dr Patricia Coughlin and 2 years of advanced supervision with Dr Allan Abbass specializing in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). This comprehensive training has significantly deepened her therapeutic knowledge, enabling her to assess and treat a diverse range of mental health difficulties and mind-body problems.
Dr Cooper currently works at the Centre for Emotions and Health and is currently undertaking a three-year pilot project to provide consultation, assessment, treatment, teaching and research using ISTDP to address the unconscious emotional problems that are believed to underlie many physical and somatic difficulties such as chronic pain, chest pain, fibromyalgia, gastro intestinal issues, headache, migraine, memory difficulties, muscle weakness and other mind body problems. These difficulties are often co-morbid with anxiety, depression, personality issues and/or trauma. The aim of the project is to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of this approach as applied in a primary care setting. This includes evaluating the direct therapeutic outcomes with patients, as well as the impact of teaching and training on physicians and other health care professionals.
Dr Cooper offers face to face or online supervision, teaching and training in ISTDP. She is also currently working on various research publications which focus on the process and mechanisms of change within psychotherapy. She has an ongoing passion for disseminating the ideas and learning from ISTDP in ways that all health professionals can benefit from.