Who Is the Mumologist?

I’m Dr Emma Svanberg, a Clinical Psychologist since 2009. I’m also known as the ‘Mumologist’, because my work is predominantly with mums and mums-to-be (although I do work with dads and partners too!)

I’ve worked in a number of different mental health settings but specialise in the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy, birth and the early years of parenthood.

I trained at UCL, London and have done further training with organisations such as the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Anna Freud Centre and the Institute of Psychoanalysis. My interest in perinatal psychology has led me to places as near as Tower Hamlets and as far as Calcutta.

I’ve been interested in working with parents since my teenage years, when I met the developmental psychopathologist Dr Patricia Crittenden at my kitchen table. My dad, P.O. Svanberg, pioneered an early intervention programme to promote secure attachment relationships,  and the conversations I had with him and his colleagues over this time sparked a lifelong awareness of why parents matter so very much and our need to support this intense and important time. 

I’m experienced in a range of psychological therapies.

I work integratively, with a focus on attachment and brief psychodynamic approaches. I also draw from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (particularly third wave approaches), Systemic therapy and many other theories to develop a client-focused approach.   I’m happy to see you alone, as a couple, with your baby – whatever suits you best.  

Aside from my direct clinical work, I am also a firm believer that many common perinatal mental health problems could be prevented, or at least improved, with support from our communities and other professionals. As a result, I use ideas around community psychology to offer information and support in online communities, online courses, social media and through my writing.  

If you are looking for professional support, I can also offer consultation, supervision and teaching. This may be individual consultation or working in an advisory capacity. I am on the editorial board for Motherdom magazine, a founding contributor to the Nourish app and sit on the Expert Reference group for the Parent Infant Foundation.

Over recent years, I have frequently been invited to speak at conferences, events and workshops and can develop a bespoke presentation or workshop to meet the requirements of your company or organisation.

I am always happy to help you think through an idea for a research, business, clinical or creative endeavour. 

Raising awareness of how common perinatal mental health problems are has to take place outside of the clinical room – so I also write, both books and articles, as well as contributing to others’ work. 

As well as my individual experience, I work alongside a highly experienced, diverse and vibrant collective of other psychologists. Together we hope to bring together our unique skills to offer a whole-family, bespoke service. You can read more about our collective here. 

Over the years, I’ve brought together my interests in psychology, birth and feminism so that I now aim to provide a comprehensive service guiding parents and those who work with them through this transformational journey. 

I am an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, Co-Founder of Make Birth Better CIC, a member of the British Psychological Society, the Perinatal Faculty and the Association for Infant Mental Health.

Campaigns

As a society, we could do so much better to support our parents and make their journey smoother. I use social media to campaign on important issues related to the perinatal period. Here are some of my recent campaigns:

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Just One Thing

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V Is For Village

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For many parents, one of the things that can feel most difficult about parenthood is how isolated they suddenly feel. Social media, although not without its flaws, can go some way to helping people feel more connected. While online communities can’t hold the baby while you take a nap, they can tell you that what you’re feeling is normal, and offer support in getting help if you need it.

This is an annual campaign aiming to build a sense of community across social media, taking place on 19th March.

Make Birth Better

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Make Birth Better started as a social media campaign raising awareness of Birth Trauma, back in 2017, followed by a meeting of 8 people in a (freezing!) room at Kings College, London. It is now a Community Interest Company, with a core team of 6, focused on reducing the impact of birth trauma. 

We offer a platform to share stories and experiences of all aspects of birth and birth trauma,  we lobby for policy change and we offer training, consultation and supervision. And we have a website with a huge amount of free resources. 

Please take a look, and join us in making birth better for everyone.

Newborn baby

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Just One Thing

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5 Questions

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V Is For Village

Learn More

For many parents, one of the things that can feel most difficult about parenthood is how isolated they suddenly feel. Social media, although not without its flaws, can go some way to helping people feel more connected. While online communities can’t hold the baby while you take a nap, they can tell you that what you’re feeling is normal, and offer support in getting help if you need it.

This is an annual campaign aiming to build a sense of community across social media, taking place on 19th March.

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Make Birth Better

Learn More

Make Birth Better started as a social media campaign raising awareness of Birth Trauma, back in 2017, followed by a meeting of 8 people in a (freezing!) room at Kings College, London. It is now a Community Interest Company, with a core team of 6, focused on reducing the impact of birth trauma. 

We offer a platform to share stories and experiences of all aspects of birth and birth trauma,  we lobby for policy change and we offer training, consultation and supervision. And we have a website with a huge amount of free resources. 

Please take a look, and join us in making birth better for everyone.