Jo Johnson is is recently back from a twelve month sabbatical in creative writing. Her neuropsychology themed novel, Surviving Me was published in November.
Jo qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. She worked as a Neuropsychologist in the NHS for sixteen years. Her last NHS post was as lead neuropsychologist in Worthing West Sussex.
Since 2008, she has worked as an independent clinical psychologist specialising in MS and brain injury. In addition to her clinical work Jo has written a range of family related publications including, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes”, “my parent has a brain injury” and “Shrinking the Smirch”.
Jo now offers psychological intervention and workplace training using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT), a more recent version of CBT.
In 2018, she was commissioned by Hampshire police to design a bespoke ACT training package to protect the minds of front line staff to avoid work related burnout. This training has been entered for a National award for services to police wellbeing.
She is currently locked down in a small Sussex village. Living with her husband and three adult children is giving her plenty of practise in the mind management skills about which she preaches.