Julia Hannewald

Julia Hannewald


Personal profile

Academic Background

I am a Lecturer within the Department of Clinical Psychologies and Psychological Therapies (CPPT) within the School of MED. 

My background is an Occupational Therapist/CBT Therapist for the NHS.  As well as my post at the University of East Anglia, I deliver private CBT sessions to develop my clinical skills and meet the accreditation requirements for the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP). 

I organise and teach on two courses for NHS mental health professionals who work within NHS Talking Therapies services (previously called IAPT) across the East of England - commissioned by Health Education England.

The two courses are about how to adapt use of ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (CBT) to help clients with physical health conditions:

- Delivering high intensity interventions in the context of long term persistent and distressing health conditions

- Delivering low intensity interventions in the context of long term persistent and distressing health conditions


I have a clinical interest in using psychological therapy to work with clients with persistent physical symptoms (medically unexplained symptoms), particularly where there is history of psychological trauma/adversity.

My other interests are in the use of compassion focused therapy/compassionate mind training. I teach a day’s introduction on this topic. 

I am keen to help fellow clinicians understand the many variables which influence behavioural change in health care, and support them to have effective conversations around self-management, including activity management and realistic goals based on life values.

As an Occupational Therapist, I am passionate about all health and social care being psychological.  As promoted in the Public Health England campaign ‘All our health’, I believe that all clinicians, including Psychological workers, should use their skills and relationships with their clients to maximise their impact on avoidable illness, health protection and promotion of wellbeing resilience.   This includes sharing information about the importance of social networks and current physical activity guidance to maintain and improve both physical and mental health.

I am a steering group member and trained facilitator for Schwartz Rounds at the University of East Anglia. Attending Schwartz Rounds in clinical settings impacts positively on the wellbeing of staff, their empathy and compassion.  Emerging evidence indicates that health and social care students in Higher Education also experience positive benefits. 

I am a active member of the Psychological Professions Network and part of a Community of Practice in the Eastern Region for Physical health.  



-Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Prior to joining UEA, I worked as a CBT Therapist within an IAPT service (Improving access to Psychological Therapies) in Norfolk between 2009-2018.  I was involved in various projects for long term physical health conditions including setting up and running a ‘Living with IBS’ pathway and workshop at an acute hospital.  I worked in managerial and supervisory roles; for both CBT Therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

-Specialist Occupational Therapist in CFS/ME. East Coast Community Healthcare

-Occupational Therapist – Inpatient secure services, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

-As part of MSc Occupational Therapy, 2 month placement at Toronto Rehab hospital, Canada. Acquired Brain Injury Unit.

-Development Associate, The U.K. Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Practice & Education

-Educational Facilitator/Research Associate, University of East Anglia, Centre for Interprofessional Practice (MED)

-Assistant Psychologist – Learning Disabilities  - Residential Care Homes, Partnerships in Care

-Community Care Assistant, 2001, Norfolk Social Services  - James Paget Hospital


Professional Bodies

British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychologists (BABCP) Full accreditation from 2011.

Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) Registered since 2008. My continuing professional portfolio was successfully audited in 2015.



Academic Background

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Primary Care Mental Health, University of East Anglia, 2009-2010

MSc Occupational Therapy, University of East Anglia, 2006-2008

BA(Hons) Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, 1998-2001


Publications/Conference contributions

Under previous last name 'Rout'

Book review: Rout, J (2008) Surviving your placement in Health and Social Care. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71 (6) p. 264. 

Oral paper presentation: Rout, J ‘Working and learning together with different professions’ UK College of Occupational Therapists, 31st Annual Conference and Exhibition. 2007.

Publication: Rout, J (2007) Being an active student member. Occupational Therapy News, 15 (5), p.17. 

Contribution to CAIPE bulletin (U.K. Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education). July 2007 (27), p.17 and October 2007 (28), p.22 

Oral paper presentation : Lindqvist, S and Rout, J ‘Delivering Interprofessional Learning in Higher Education: training of Educational Facilitators from wide-ranging professional backgrounds’ All Together Better Health III. Third International Conference, London. 2006.

Publication: Lindqvist S, Duncan A, Rout J, Watts F, Pearce S. (2005) Interprofessional education for undergraduate health care students throughout their training. Journal of Interprofessional Care;19 (2):175-176. 

Oral paper presentation (author) at Clinical Governance seminar: Rout, J ‘Management of Aggression Care Plans: development and implementation, and staff attitudes.’ 2003

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Feb 2008

Bachelor of Social Science, Nottingham Trent University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

External positions

CBT Therapist, Mentis Tree CIC

2021 → …


  • Mental Health
  • Compassion
  • Mind-body links
  • Schwartz Rounds
  • Physical and mental health