Jess Baker Psychologist

Women's Leadership Coach

As a psychologist I’m passionate about helping people to be their best version of themselves: to live according to their core values, and signature strengths and achieve their ideal self.

My specialism of working with women stems from the fact that no matter how capable or senior we are, we continue to doubt our own self-worth (and given the extant pay gap, so does society, it seems).

I help women (1:1, groups, and online) apply practical techniques to reduce self-doubt and feel more confident, and enable them to be less self-critical and more self-compassionate.

Much of my work with women is driven by an organisation’s need to increase the number of capable women in senior roles.

Business Psychologist

This grin represents how I feel when helping clients to improve their business or their employee’s working lives in some way.

My ten years’ (plus) consulting experience includes designing and delivering leadership development, culture change, assessment, talent management, team-building and employee engagement.

I’m a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, and a Principle Practitioner member of The Association of Business Psychologists.

I’m also a real person with a silly sense of humour, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for getting things done.

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Speaker & Events

I've been told that I'm a natural facilitator and an engaging speaker. All I know is that I love doing both.

From keynote speaker slots for corporate clients (e.g. CoOp, International Women's Day, 2018) to being invited to speak at annual national wellbeing events (e.g. Love Natural Love You, London Olympia, since 2016).

Do you like podcasts? I love discussing all things related to Empowering Yourself, how to Tame Your Inner Critic, and things like why pursuing high  Self-Esteem isn't good for you.

I'm also asked for my opinion in online articles and in print magazines (e.g. Boots Health & Beauty, Very, NatWest Business etc.).

Stop Self-Sabotaging & Find Your Focus

The question isn’t “Do you self-sabotage?” it’s “How do you self-sabotage?”   Self-sabotaging, huh? It's frustrating, but it's extremely common among high-achievers... and those who would like to be. Sabotage is quite a strong word; it means to deliberately...

International Women’s Day 2019

The 3 things you can influence for International Women's Day  This year's #IWD2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter. What does this phrase mean to you? What does it mean to your organisation? For me, it means equal opportunity for women to access the upper echelons of their...

Declutter Your Headspace

Don't you just love Marie Kondo? I’m catching up with the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo when I go to the gym (it helps me do longer sessions on the cross-trainer) and I'm loving the happy declutter-induced transformation. It's just as heart-warming as...

Returning-to-Work Anxiety

It's normal to feel anxious when returning to work. I received a call out of the blue late one Thursday evening, asking if I'd be interested in sharing my expert opinion on BBC Radio on the theme of returning to work. Whether you've been off work for maternity or...

To-Do List Magic

How "Errand Paralysis" Affects us All It was early January: the season of goal-setting and getting stuff done. I was approached by a BBC producer and asked if I'd like to share my tips on how to overcome "errand paralysis" in response to a twitter storm sparked by an...

The Self-Promoter

How to promote yourself better at work.   It's a weird thing when a BBC Radio 5 Live producer contacts you saying we'd like your expert opinion as a Business Psychologist. On live radio. In two hours time. Part of me (my Inner Critic) screams "OMG I'm going to...

Negative Thoughts

As well as being a queen-gurner I'm pretty good at putting myself down (there I go again). Negative thinking is normal. But it doesn't have to ruin your life.   Did you know that 4 out of 5 thoughts are negative? Let's think about that for a moment... Four out...

Tackling the Imposter Syndrome

The Fear of being Exposed is Crippling According to research 70% of us will feel like an “imposter” at some point in our career (and it’s not just specific to women). The classic signs include the following psychological elements. At some level you might... fear being...

Tame Your Inner Critic in 8 Steps

Tame Your Inner Critic in 8 Steps with Jess Baker Welcome to this Tame Your Inner Critic series of blogs with me, Jess Baker. I am a Chartered Psychologist, Women's Leadership Coach. The Inner Critic prevents us from feeling confident and satisfied with our life. It...

Empower Yourself (you deserve to)

Focusing on You This is my lovely, colourful, and all-encompassing  "Empower Yourself  - a Personal Leadership" model. Okay, I'm a bit biased, but don't you think it incorporates some much-needed focus on key elements that we as individuals need to, and can develop?...

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“Jess is a highly professional and committed Business Psychologist.

She has strong teamworking and leadership skills and brings a great deal of personal energy to her work. She backs this up with a high level of delivery and is fun to work with.”

Mike Thompson

Head of L&D, Barclays Plc

“The Imposter Syndrome and Managing Your Inner Critic workshop delivered by Jess Baker was thought provoking and instructive. Jess presents in such a calm and soothing manner that it creates the perfect safe environment for participants to share their inner most criticisms of themselves.

Excellent session and would thoroughly recommend this.”

Joan McGarvey

Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Jess Baker facilitated a ‘Personal Values at Work’, a highly interactive workshop helping participants to identify their personal values and provide them with the tools and techniques to increase their personal and professional resilience.

Jess has an approachable style, allowing participants to feel at ease when sharing their personal stories. The workshop ran for 1.5 hours, and we all felt we could have benefited from a longer stretch!

Alisa Salamon

Associate Director, John Wiley & Sons

“I have struggled with my confidence trying to find a permanent role for some time and I needed a change. The most important thing is she made me realise my worth. Jess is a great listener, calm, fun and committed.

I have stopped beating myself up about stuff and have a more positive outlook on my future and abilities, thanks to Jess’s guidance. I can’t recommend her services enough.”

Career Coachee

Manager, Financial Times