Dr Emily Cooper BSc (Hons); MSc; PsychD; CPsychol
I am a warm, non judgemental and approachable Chartered and Clinical Psychologist, highly experienced in working with people who are experiencing psychological difficulties and deeply interested in what helps people overcome emotional suffering. With over 14 years of experience working in the NHS, I have seen how incredibly useful individual therapy can be to many people. There are good reasons to be hopeful things will get better and therapy will help with this process.
Making the step and coming to meet with me may feel daunting. I'd be more than happy to have a phone call conversation for you to hear the sound of my voice, ask any questions you may have, and help you consider whether or not to book in a session. You may also find it worthwhile to try an initial assessment session, which offers a containing, supportive space away from life’s demands and stresses, and can explore how therapeutic input will help.
The difficulties I can help with and the therapeutic approaches I use
I can help you with specific difficulties such as adjustment to life events, trauma, anxiety problems, including OCD, and depression, or ongoing/repeating problems, including emotional difficulties or problems with self esteem or within your relationships.
I tend to offer an integrative approach in therapy that is adapted according to a map (formulation) we will have developed in early sessions. I use a range of evidence based therapies tailored to the individual including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. I have advanced skills in treating trauma related difficulties such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, offering government (NICE) recommended treatments: Trauma Focused CBT and EMDR.
What to expect during the assessment
As a clinical psychologist, what I offer involves more than talking through what is troubling you. Clinical psychologists are trained to a specialist level in applying what up to date clinical research has found helpful when treating particular problems. Sessions are structured, collaborative, and clear in terms of what we are working on and the plan for therapy. Early on, together we will develop a map of the problem (s) within the context of your present and past to find out more about it. For example thinking about what factors led to problems developing and what may be contributing to and keeping the difficulties going now. This understanding creates the foundations to help us identify how best to help you.
What to expect in therapy sessions
Our therapy work will be based on the understanding we develop during the assessment, and is always tailored to your individual preferences, characteristics and needs. Sessions are 60 minutes long and we may plan in a short number or longer number of therapy sessions, depending on the circumstances.
Individual therapy can involve exploring and addressing difficulties at many levels, ranging from practical problem solving, and developing skills, to facilitating deeper, emotional change.
Some of our therapy work may involve building your knowledge, for example, about factors known to be involved in panic and anxiety, low mood, trauma or other emotional reactions, which can help you feel more knowledgeable and in control of what you are experiencing, and more confident in how to cope and respond when the difficulties arise.
Therapy may include developing strategies you can use to help calm and soothe your mind and body or help you handle worries, troublesome thoughts, emotions or responses, in a way that feels less distressing, more helpful and more empowering.
We may examine and understand your beliefs or reactions to current stressors or triggers, often in the context of your past experiences, and look at different, more flexible ways of responding or thinking about things that may meet your needs in a situation more effectively, now that your past is behind you.
Our therapy work may also involve processing distressing past losses or memories using particular therapeutic approaches such as trauma focused CBT or EMDR, so they become less troubling and detrimental to your life in the present and future.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2005 I have worked as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health services in the NHS.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS Membership number: 097336 www.bps.org.uk) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (Reg no. PYL 16520 http://www.hpc–uk.org).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I have an afternoon and early evening clinic on Tuesdays.
Again, please do not hesitate to give me a call or email to discuss your thoughts, or to ask any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.