Therapy

While Emma specialises in seeing women during pregnancy and the transition to parenthood, she is also experienced in meeting with individuals, couples, families and groups.

What is Therapy?

Psychological therapy, or ‘talking therapy’ can help you deal with a range of problems, such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, bereavement or loss, childhood difficulties, experiences of trauma…or simply feeling at a bit of a loss as to where to go next. Therapy refers to a wide range of different options for treatment, and every therapist is different. Emma is experienced in a range of therapies such as brief psychodynamic therapy (specifically Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (particularly ‘third wave’ therapies including mindfulness based cognitive therapy and schema therapy) and Systemic Therapy. You can read more about different therapies here. Emma draws from these different approaches to offer a comprehensive approach tailored to the needs of each client. 

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Emma completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College, London (a BPS accredited course). Clinical Psychologists are ‘jacks of all trades’, learning about the many different factors which may influence people throughout their lifespan, such as previous childhood experiences, health, genetics, brain development, disability, cultural influences and so on. This means that they are able to offer a holistic approach to problems, taking into account a person’s context.

Emma has worked in a variety of NHS settings, with those aged from newborn to older age and from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is experienced in working with individuals presenting with mild to more acute difficulties. Having worked in primary care since completing her training, she specialised in helping pregnant women and new mothers and fathers deal with the transition to parenthood, including ante- and post-natal anxiety and depression, bonding difficulties and relationship problems.

Clinical psychologists often work in partnership with other professionals. This means that if, following assessment, Emma felt that another professional would better suit your needs, she would offer assistance in getting you the most appropriate help. However, Emma would never share your details with others without your express permission.

Emma does work under supervision, to ensure she is continually developing her practice. However, no personal details will be shared.

What happens in therapy?

Initially, you would meet with Emma for around an hour for an assessment session. This would enable Emma to learn about you, your background and current situation, what brought you to therapy and your hopes for future sessions. Assessments may go on for two to three sessions but Emma would discuss this with you following the initial assessment.

Together, you would then decide whether or not further sessions would be required. Sometimes these initial meetings are enough to help people move forward, at other times sessions may continue for a longer period of time, as decided by you.

Emma’s approach to therapy is open, dynamic and collaborative (no long silences or telling you what to do!)

What next?

If you are interested in speaking to Emma about therapy, please contact her to discuss next steps and costs.

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