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The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019: How Should Apps For Mental Health Be Evaluated And Endorsed? – Philippa Weitz

September 3 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019

Event Details


Annette Valentine Eriksen | Dr. Clemency Jacques | Liz Ashall-Payne

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 research evidence base for the use of mental health apps in therapeutic interventions?
  2. What do we know about the level of transparency of these apps, for example, what does using artificial intelligence (AI) mean in this context?
  3. Would you use mental health apps with clients/patients?
  4. What would be most useful for therapists to know about apps before they recommend them?

Annette Valentine Eriksen


I'm a Dane who is curious about life, different ways of living, and have been educated and worked in five different countries in the world.

I am a holistic Counsellor and Career Coach, who uses person-centred counselling next to solution-focused counselling. I also work with breathing exercises and have a creative approach with use of art therapy.

I have worked with counseling, coaching, and career guidance for mainly students and young people for nearly ten years now. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance, Master in Arts & Guidance, and Master in Counseling and Psychotherapy. I am also an educated Art and English Teacher for foreigners.

I just finished the General Certificate in Online Counseling and Psychotherapy with distinction.

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

Liz Ashall-Payne



Passionate about the opportunities that technology and particularly apps offer to improve health and care efficiencies and outcomes, I founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application in 2015, determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient, and organisational outcomes.

Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, I have almost 20 years NHS experience. I have successfully led innovative change and service transformation in complex health economies.

I have also led regional, national, and European change programmes and networks to deliver transformational shift and have experience of working collaboratively with Public Sector, Industry, and Academia.

Other roles include:

  • NHSE NIA Fellow
  • NHSE Coach Clinical Entrepreneur program
  • OCS Advisory Board member
  • BCS Associate Vice Chair for standards

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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September 3
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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