Dr Nick Hawkes

DClinPsy , Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Experience

Dr Hawkes has many years experience working in inpatient and outpatient eating disorder services offering individual and group therapy at all levels of severity and complexity for anorexic, bulimic, binge-eating and atypical eating disorder and related problems, such as depressed mood, obsessions and compulsions, and the impact of childhood and adult traumatic experiences.

Dr Hawkes has undertaken original research and offered case consultation and supervision and training of professional staff. He worked for several years offering pre- and post-bariatric surgery psychological assessment and intervention and innovated an approach to obesity addressing the impact of early life experiences.

Dr Hawkes has also worked as coordinator of the London Veterans Service the regional NHS mental health service for UK ex-serving personnel within the nationally respected Traumatic Stress Clinic assessing and treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, alcohol and substance misuse, difficulties adjusting to the transition to ‘civvy street’ and other challenges faced by ex-serving personnel, reservists and their families. Dr Hawkes led a large scale veteran mental health education and training project to GPs and psychological therapy services across the capital and developed innovative veteran prison in-reach services.

Dr Hawkes is an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for more than fifteen years in nationally recognised specialist services. Dr Hawkes is currently Principal Clinical Psychologist for Bedfordshire and Luton in the Community Eating Disorder Service. He has served as Chair of the British Psychological Society Department of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Eating Disorders, associate editor of ‘The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist’ and on the scientific committees for the British and European Associations and World Congress for Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies. His practice is grounded in CBT and related models, such as schema therapy, compassion focused therapy, family and couple work and dialectical behaviour therapy.

Dr Hawkes has recently moved his private practice from London to Hertford and is proud to be part of Herts Wellness Centre with its reputation of caring, professionalism and excellence.

Dr Hawkes has extensive experience treating a range of adult psychological difficulties including stress, anxiety and depression, with the following areas of specialist expertise:

  • Eating Disorders: Nick can help with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and atypical eating disorders including any problems with body image, loss of control, obsessions, dietary rules and restriction, overeating and overweight, undereating and underweight, purging with vomiting or laxatives compulsive exercise, as well as underlying reasons for eating disorder including histories of trauma or stressful or distressing situation, low confidence or self esteem, difficulty managing emotions, problems in relationships and communicating with other people.
  • Weight Loss: Nick can help with psychological issues connected to weight and weight control.
  • Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery: Nick has experience at the Homerton Hospital of helping people to prepare for bariatric (weight loss) surgery for the best chance of a good psychological and weight loss outcome as well as helping with psychological difficulties if they arise after surgery.
  • Trauma: Nick is postgraduate trained via the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in CBT for Psychological Trauma and works with people after a wide range of childhood and adult distressing events from building site accidents to assaults or abuse and mistreatment.
  • Ex-Armed Forces Personnel: Nick has been coordinator of the NHS London Veterans Service offering clinical services to ex-armed forces personnel including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but also the more common and lesser recognised issues of adjusting to ‘civvy street’. Nick recognises the importance of understanding the unique experiences of ex-serving personnel, reservists and their families and military language and culture.



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