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The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019: How Can Treatment Outcomes Be Maximised By Combining Existing Treatment Options (Medication, Psychological Therapies, Etc.) With Digital Mental Health Interventions? – Philippa Weitz

November 12 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019

Event Details


Kate Dunn | Dr. Clemency Jacques | Dr. Julian Nesbitt | Dr. Carole Francis-Smith

Philippa Weitz | John Wilson


Over 2017/8 MindTech and the James Lind Alliance identified the Top 10 questions for digital technology in mental healthcare. These were filtered down from an initial 1,350 questions, submitted by people with live experience and health professionals. It is their intention that these will guide the funders of research to ensure that future research is focused on answering these questions and that the potential of digital technology for mental health can be fully realised.

The Academy and Onlinevents are so inspired by these questions and the reasoning behind them that we have decided to use them as the focus for a series of structured conversations hosted by The Academy and Onlinevents on the future of digital mental health care. This will include both online therapy and digital impact on face-to-face therapy.

Each conversation will centre around a series of structured questions related to the theme of the DigitalmHealth Conversation.

  1. What is the most recent research around the use of medication combined with or instead of therapy?
  2. What do we mean by treatment outcomes? Is this as simple as it sounds?
  3. What are the desired treatment outcomes?

Kate Dunn


I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, supervisor, and consultant/trainer currently working in private practice both online and face-to-face. Whilst working as a counsellor in a university setting, I established an online service and subsequently carried out research into the Online Therapeutic Relationship, supported by Seed Corn Funding from BACP. I have shared ideas resulting from this research in journal articles (including Therapy Today, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal, and TILT magazine) and in the book: "Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet", Edited by P Weitz, Karnac Books 2014.

Dr. Clemency Jacques


I am a chartered counselling psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health Care Professionals Council. I completed my Doctorate of Counselling Psychology at City University, and have two master's in Research Methods in Psychology and Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies from University College London. A strong believer in continuing professional development, since gaining accredited status, I have endeavoured to engage in further training in online therapeutic delivery, Virtual Reality/Avatar therapy, Compassion-focussed therapy, and The Tree of Life narrative approach.

With over 12 years experience working with mental health problems in various services, I aim to provide clinical expertise in a range of settings. For the NHS, I have worked in IAPT, forensic inpatient units, specialist and secondary care services. Additionally, I have extensive experience working for community-based charities such as MIND, Crisis, and private healthcare organisations, such as the Priory. More recently, I have taken on the role at the clinical advisor for the Dr Julian IAPT service provision. As well as being a guest lecturer for City University and St Mary's University, I have presented my expertise on a range of specialist subjects at various national and local conferences. I also work systemically as a clinical supervisor, an approach that considers holisitically how a therapist can best help their clients, within the context of their therapeutic contract.

I have extensive experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues and am an integrative pracitioner, tailoring each individual therapy to the needs of the client. I draw on a range of therapeutic modalites, such as: Psychodynamic, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Systemic, Compassion-focused, and Mindfulness. By working reflectively and flexibly, I proactively update the style of my approach to address the changing concerns that clients may have.

I specialise in working with a wide range of problems, including: online therapeutic delivery, psychosis, substance related and behavioural addiction issues, gender identity, sexuality, personality disorders, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, stress, low self-esteem, eating disorders, co-dependency, family and relationship issues, PTSD, and other trauma presentations.

My therapeutic style focuses on empowerment, building on and improving the existing personal resources clients have. I'm also a friendly and compassionate therapist who works collaboratively with clients to help support them in their recovery journey. As a previous service user myself, I offer a non-judgmental understanding of the everyday, and long term, issues clients may face as they work towards overcoming their problems. Strong therapeutic relationship building is aided by my understanding of a clients' cultural perspectives.

Clemency Jacques

Clemency Jacques

Dr. Julian Nesbitt


More details to follow.

Julian Nesbitt

Dr Julian


Dr Julian Nesbitt

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Dr. Carole Francis-Smith


I am a counselling psychologist working in private practice. I currently provide therapy and supervision both face-to-face and online, run trainings for therapists considering working online (and other mental health/staff resilience areas), and business coaching for therapists setting up an online practice. My doctoral research was in the Online Therapeutic Relationship from which I also became fascinated by online communications in broader contexts, especially where these impact on the work of therapists and the experiences of clients. I'm an advocate of Compassionate Mind training/Compassion Focused therapy and have recently been taking a look at what can happen to compassion when communicating in online contexts. The Netiquette guidelines I produced are in the process of being adopted by the Compassionate Mind Foundation as good practice.

About Philippa Weitz


I am interested in the success of the online therapeutic relationship, security, confidentiality, & jurisdiction as well as the use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence in therapeutic settings.

Most of all, I want to inspire therapists to simply go beyond turning on their webcams and thinking that is online therapy. There is such an exciting world out there for the online therapist ..... as big as the capacity of our mind to explore beyond what we are comfortable with.

So, what are my formal roles?

Click HERE for available courses & workshops.

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

Recordings are usually posted to the library the day after the live event.

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November 12
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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