Meet the Psychology Collective

We are a collective of warm, vibrant, experienced psychologists who- together- offer accessible, high quality and whole-family support.

Laura Grace

Business & Community Manager

Hey, I’m Laura! I’m the Business and Community Manager for Emma and the Psychology Collective – and the person who’ll be there to answer and chat through any questions you have when you get in touch. Together, Emma and I work out which practitioner will be the best fit to support you, or we’ll help you find a more suitable service. Outside of my role in The Mumologist I run my own business – The Pocket VA, and specialise in Instagram Services, working with freelancers and small businesses to grow and market on Instagram. 

If you would like to meet online with one of us on a regular basis please contact us about arranging a psychological therapy assessment. This is suitable for individuals, couples and families depending on the specialism of the individual practitioner. You might wish to speak to one of our perinatal specialists if you would like to discuss your pregnancy, birth or early parenting experience.  Or, you might wish to speak to one of our child and family specialists if you are having difficulties in your parenting or concern about your child or family situation. 

Therapy creates an ongoing safe space to explore a variety of different issues. You may also wish to speak to more than one of us, and we are happy to discuss this with you to find the best possible support.

    Emma Svanberg

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of over ten years’ experience specialising in the perinatal period – that is, the period from pregnancy, birth through to the early years of parenthood. I have further training in infant mental health, brief psychodynamic therapy, couples therapy and working with groups. I am registered with the HCPC, and am a member of the British Psychological Society and the Association for Infant Mental Health. I co-founded Make Birth Better in 2018, a Community Interest Company dedicated to reducing the impact of birth trauma. I also write, and use social media to create online communities to normalise the often intense experience of parenting!

    You might want to see me if...

    People often come to see me, either alone, as a couple or with their baby, because they want some space to think about their experience. You might come during pregnancy because you are worried about becoming a parent or anxious about giving birth. I often see people after birth when the experience has been a difficult one. Or perhaps you want a chance to think about the many complex factors which impact on your daily life as a parent – your relationship with your partner, how you feel about yourself as a parent, your relationship with your child or children, or what has been brought up for you about your own childhood. People often see me when they feel they are not as in control of their mood as they would like, and are struggling with depression, anger or anxiety.

    My style...

    It’s important to me that therapy is as helpful for you as it can be – so my style is collaborative, transparent and not very formal! We’ll work together to identify some goals to work towards, and think together about how to get there. The beauty of seeing someone independently is that you can choose when you would like to end – sometimes I see people short term (16-20 sessions on average although sometimes just a few sessions can be enough to move forward), sometimes I see people over a year or more.

    I draw upon a range of models in my work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, attachment models, systemic theories, and community psychology. I am also influenced by other approaches such as feminism and positive parenting practices.

    Teaching and speaking...

    I speak on a range of topics – both perinatally focused or broader mental health, and for small group workshops or larger conference style presentations. I am happy to be contacted to discuss your specific requirements.

    Lucy Nicholson

    Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I trained at University College, London and gained my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2011, after working as an assistant psychologist at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. Following qualification I worked for 3 year in Haringey’s IAPT service as a High Intensity Therapist and then moved to the Whittington Hospital where I joined the Health Psychology Department, specialising initially in Pain and Women’s Health and then moving to become Deputy Lead of the Women’s Health Team. I left the Whittington in February 2019 and now have my own small private practice in North London.

    You might want to see me if...

    You have any concerns around birth (perhaps following a traumatic birth, or worries about an upcoming birth); if you have struggled with difficult emotions either in pregnancy or postnatally; or if you are interested in simply exploring the experience of parenting, particularly with reference to your own experience of having been parented.

    My style...

    My style is: highly flexible, my background experience in the NHS has been largely short-term work with a focus on practical, compassion-focused strategies that you can put into practice during challenging times. I am happy working with cognitive-behavioural strategies but as practice has developed I have found that compassion-focused theory (CFT) fits well with my own world-view. CFT combines a really good understanding of how our phyisological responses can work both with and against us, as well as a compassionate way forward.

    Teaching & Speaking

    I teach and speak on topics including how psychology can inform medical practice in a helpful way; postnatal depression and anxiety; and pain.

    Caroline Boyd

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC registered, with nearly 10 years’ experience working in the NHS. I support parents perinatally – from pregnancy to childbirth and around the tough, tender transition to parenthood. Birthing a new identity can be as demanding as birthing a baby – whether it’s your first or fifth. We know dads can really struggle too. I offer a safe, non- judgmental space for you to make sense of changes to your multiple, intersecting identities. So you can honour and accept the kind of mum or dad YOU want to be.

    I have experience in adult, child and parent-infant mental health settings, and in inner-city schools. I am a BPS member, and I trained at University of East London. I’m trained in the Solihull Approach, integrating psychodynamic, child development and behavioural ideas. My published research explored intrusive, unwanted harm thoughts about the baby. Knowledge is power: I write about harm thoughts and parenting on Instagram @_drboyd, to help parents feel less alone.

    You might want to see me if...

    Becoming a parent can trigger and tap into all kinds of vulnerabilities. I’m interested in how difficult experiences growing up and cultural myths (e.g. Western ideas of ‘Supermum’) intersect to influence this transition. Working with me can mean reflecting on your own family and cultural experiences, to separate out what ‘belongs’ to you, and what ‘belongs’ to your baby. Empowering you to find more helpful ways of responding in the here and now.

    I work collaboratively around a range of difficulties including:

    – Postpartum anxiety

    – Intrusive thoughts

    – Low mood

    – Anger

    – Loss (e.g. related to identity, the body, community)

    – Interpersonal difficulties

    – Mood swings, stress

    My style...

    I draw on Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as Systemic, Narrative and attachment models. I’m also interested in Feminist, Critical and Community Psychology.

    I work with mind and body, focusing on emotional regulation to support personal healing and parent-infant attunement.

    Teaching and Speaking...

    I believe parenting is even more tough thanks to cultural ideals promoting perfection. This is why I share psychology ideas at conferences (e.g. 5th Annual Birth Trauma conference) and in the media. I recently talked about unwanted harm thoughts on the Motherkind podcast. I am developing teaching based on my research for the Institute of Health Visiting.

    Harriet Higgins

    Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a Perinatal Clinical Psychologist who has worked for over 15 years in the NHS and in early years settings. I trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of East London and as a Systemic Practitioner at the Tavistock Centre in London. I am a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Association for Infant Mental Health and the British Infertility Counselling Association. I also work part-time as a Lecturer and research supervisor at the London South Bank University.

    You might want to see me if...

    I work with either individuals or couples to support them with concerns about adjusting to pregnancy/becoming a parent, antenatal and postnatal depression/anxiety, OCD, fertility issues, perinatal loss, birth trauma, parenting difficulties, attachment issues, the resurfacing of childhood difficulties and couple relationship issues.

    My style...

    I have always really enjoyed working with parents to be and parents. I understand that the journey to becoming a parent is not always an easy one and involves huge changes in identity and relationships. As a Psychologist I am trained in a range of therapies (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment based models and Systemic Therapy), which I draw upon to offer a tailor made and collaborative therapeutic intervention. I try to be as flexible as possible around parents needs and offer both short and longer term interventions. I aim to foster a relationship that is compassionate, non-judgemental and strengths focused.

    Teaching & Speaking

    I teach & speak on topics including Parental mental health, Attachment, Infant mental health, Birth trauma, Couples issues and Counselling skills.

    Michal Ruzansky

    Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a clinical psychologist based in North London.

    I studied at University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, and gained clinical training and qualifications from the UK and Israel. In the last twelve years I worked in child and adolescent, adults, and perinatal mental health services.

    You might want to see me if...

    I offer short term and open-ended treatment for children, adolescents, parents and parents to be. I work with wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, sleep and eating difficulties.

    My style...

    My approach is integrative and I believe that treatment should be carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and family. I use various therapeutic models: developmental, psychodynamic, compassionate focused therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

    Martha Deiros Collado

    Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCL in 2009. I have a post-graduate diploma in Family Therapy from the Tavistock and I am a BPS approved clinical supervisor since 2014. I have 11 years of experience working with parents, children, young people and families and I offer face-to-face as well as online sessions.

    You might want to see me if...

    My mission is to help children, young people and their families overcome difficulties so they can live out their preferred futures. Some of the things families come to talk to me about include:

    • Big feelings, such as Anxiety, Low mood, Anger and behaviours that challenge home life and/or school.
    • Relationship struggles with family, friends or others
    • Body image and weight loss or weight gain
    • Issues around identity, gender and sexual diversity
    • Coping and adjusting to living with a physical illness in the family
    • Bereavement planning and support
    • Educational and Developmental assessments
    My style...

    I am fluent in English, French and Spanish and have an interest in how culture, faith and language influences our view of the world. My work is guided by evidence-base and I use a range of psychological models including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Clinical Hypnosis. Everyone is unique and the right therapy for you may include a range of models and techniques based on your personal goals for coming to therapy and your preferences. We may be working 1:1, with your whole family, or with some family members on their own. I believe that parents are experts in their children and that children and young people are experts in their own bodies and what is right for them. That is why I will always work towards understanding you and your family and adapt therapy to fit your unique needs. We may be working together for as little as 1-3 sessions or for much longer depending on your needs.

    Teaching & Speaking

    I teach & speak on topics including child development; transitions (including moving to school/university); Adjusting and living with a health condition; changes in family dynamics (including a diagnosis of illness, separation, the arrival of a new child or a bereavement) and special educational needs (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties).

    Deborah Weinstein

    Chartered Counselling Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over ten years previous experience working in the charity sector, the NHS, and the private sector. I am trained in and work with many approaches including the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy models, but believe in tailoring the therapeutic approach to fit the needs of the client rather than fitting the client to a specific therapeutic model.

    You might want to see me if...

    I am experienced in working with the following presenting issues – relationships, bereavement, depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood abuse, post birth trauma, and parenting and family issues. I have a special interest in working with adults experiencing pregnancy anxiety, loss connected with miscarriage and stillbirth, breastfeeding/post-natal issues, and adults dealing with challenges around the parent/child bond and the wider effects of this on the family system. I am also a qualified and experienced breastfeeding counsellor.

    My style...

    I possess a wealth of clinical experience across a diverse range of settings, and believe therapy can provide both space and time for the self which is often lacking in a hectic world, and a safe environment to facilitate positive change.

    I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. I am an AXA and Aviva recognised health care provider.

    Hannah Abrahams

    Child and Educational Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a Child and Educational Psychologist and I qualified in August 2006 from the Institute Of Education. Subsequently I worked for an Inner London Borough for 13 years and I also headed up a team of Psychologists and Psychotherapists working directly with the children, families, schools and communities affected by the Grenfell Disaster. I have worked in private practice since 2016 and am delighted to be part of The Collective, an inspiring, nurturing and hopeful group of Psychologists.

    Prior to this I was a Primary School Teacher and this was required in order to become a Psychologist and a wonderfully memorable and enjoyable time of my career.

    You might want to see me if...

    You might wish to connect with me (zooming me) if you are a New mother, navigating the transition to motherdom or have just become a mother again and would like to talk about navigating your hopes, worries, fears about managing two or three children whilst meeting your own needs especially during unprecedented times such as these.

    You may also wish to connect with me about your toddler and supporting the development of their behaviours, expression and ability to regulate their thoughts and actions.

    You may have concerns about your child’s social, emotional or cognitive development. I am very much here to help, advise and support. This will include supporting yourself and your child through transitions and uncertainties, loss and new beginnings.

    My style...

    I work using a number of psychological tools including solution focussed brief therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment and compassion focussed therapy. I work closely with children who may have experienced anxiety, loss or bullying for example. My role is to help children make sense of their world as well as their learning.

    I am also able to assess children in terms of supporting their learning and development. I also specialise in autism and am also able to make diagnosis of dyslexia, dyxpraxia and dyscalculia. Much of my work also involves support families and children who may have additional and special needs.

    I pride myself on being warm, engaging, empathic and I often receive lovely feedback that the children and families I meet and speak with find the sessions supportive and for the children often fun too. I am naturally creative in nature and this has helped with ensuring that I can be as supportive as possible. The therapeutic input I offer is over a short term period.

    Teaching & Speaking

    Presently I offer talks as webinars and face to face on topics including Mental Health and Resilience in Children and Young People, Supporting your child’s Literacy and Numeracy Journey. Supporting Teens and Young People in Navigating Social Media and the Online World.

    Orinayo Onabanjo

    Counselling Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I’m a HCPC registered and chartered counselling psychologist with substantial mental health and psychotherapeutic experience. I am very passionate about helping individuals improve their psychological and relational health whilst helping them strengthen their sense of who they are, and living life the life they desire. Coupled with my doctoral training and pre-doctoral clinical experience, I have 8 years’ experience in the field of mental health and in providing counselling and psychotherapy for clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and interpersonal difficulties. Moreover, my clinical experience so far has served a diverse and multicultural community of individuals across the life span from children to older adults.

    I currently work part time in an NHS community mental health recovery service for adults experiencing complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties, whilst also working in private practice.

    You might want to see me if...

    I work with a wide range of common mental health conditions and interpersonal issues. However, I have a particular interest in adult mental health within the areas of:

    Perinatal mental health

    Women’s mental health in BME communities

    Childhood/developmental trauma

    Emotional regulation difficulties

    Relationship issues

    Dissociative disorders

    My style...

    My doctoral training provided me with extensive training in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches. This enables me to work in an integrative manner which can be designed to mirror whatever psychological, relational or life difficulties you may be experiencing. These approaches include person centred/humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, relational psychotherapy, CBT and third wave approaches such as compassion focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based CBT. As such, I am adept at working in a tailored manner that is responsive to you, rather than imposing a prescribed way of working. I am able to offer therapy on both a short-term and long-term basis depending on your therapeutic needs.

    Teaching & Speaking

    I have experience delivering talks in the area of relational wellness with regards to strengthening attachment and facilitating deeper emotional connections within couple and familial relationships.

    Bekah Shallcross

    Clinical Psychologist

    Who am I?

    I am a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, Researcher and Feminist. I have a specialist interest in gender, violence and mental health including, but not limited to, domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual health, perinatal mental health and birth trauma. I am also interested in how systems of oppression, such as patriarchy, systemic racism, and anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice impact on mental health. I use social media in order to engage with a public community about both my research and clinical practice using
    the handle @mamafeminologist, with the aim of making both research and therapeutic ideas more useful and accessible to all.

    You might want to see me if...

    In my clinical practice I specialise in gendered experiences such as birth trauma, reproductive and sexual health, perinatal mental health, and societal expectations of women (emotional burden, burden of care, mental load, adaptation to motherhood etc.). Most commonly I work with women who are struggling with emotions such low mood, anxiety or anger, who may also be experiencing feelings of discontentment in their career, relationships or with themselves.  Oftentimes the women I work with feel exhausted, trapped, burnout, not-good-enough, or unconfident. Sometimes women are unsure when or how these feelings developed, and other times women can pinpoint a particular life event (such as a childhood experience, end of relationship, pregnancy, birth of a child, loss, or other difficult or traumatic experience) which leads them to seek 1-1 therapy.  Whatever you are experiencing; the untangling, head space, and therapeutic relationship offered in a therapy setting aims to provide you with a safe space to explore these difficulties.  

    My style...

    I work integratively, drawing on CBT, and Psychodynamic, Narrative, Systemic and Compassion Focussed models of therapy.  I also draw on Feminist Therapy theory and mind/body somatic techniques.

    Teaching & Speaking

    I speak and provide teaching and training on a wide variety of topics relating to women’s mental health, with a particular interest in opening discussions around how systems of oppression impact upon, and contribute to, mental health difficulties.  I also provide expert commentary on the topics I research, the details of which can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebekah_Shallcross

    I also collaborate with a number of other practices who may be more suitable for you:

    Tavistock Relationships

    Internationally renowned charity offering in-person and online relationship support.

    Talking Heads

    A team of highly skilled, professional and compassionate psychologists offering private therapy and workplace mental health services in a number of locations across London.

    Independent Psychology Service 

    A network of over 60 professionally registered, highly trained and experienced therapists in private practice across London working with adults, children, couples, families and groups.

    Parenthood in Mind

    Specialist psychological services for new parents & parents to be with individual and family therapy sessions and more all over London.

    Jigsaw Therapy

    Practice offering psychological and psychotherapeutic help to children, families and adults.

    Havelock Clinic

    A team of highly specialised doctors, psychosexual counsellors and psychologists providing a multidisciplinary sexual problems service, as well as online workshops.