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Are social situations leaving you drained or unfulfilled? Do you need time for yourself? A space to air confusing or painful thoughts, feelings and experiences that build up over the weeks. Sometimes we need to reflect and vent about our relationships with a neutral professional in a confidential setting. By talking things through we can find ways to help you feel grounded, confident and more like yourself.

What are you like & how do you work?

I am warm, skilled and easy to talk to. I draw on various psychological theories to suit each individual, we are all so different after all, and believe that the relationship between us is central to your healing and our work together. Sessions are either in-person, at my room near Surbiton station, or online. I offer both short term (6-12 sessions) and long term therapy (beyond 12 sessions, as agreed between us).

Having had counselling myself, I realise it's a daunting, anxiety provoking process in the beginning. You may feel vulnerable contacting a therapist. That's okay, I have this in mind. Please get in touch if you want us to work together or if you have any questions. You could also visit my website for further information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside my private practice, Embracing Emotions, I have the insightful and personal experience of having a family member with a mental illness. I also counsel parents of autistic children at Express CIC and previously counselled at the YMCA in Surbiton. Since 2013, I have supported and delivered interventions to children and young people with mental health difficulties and special educational needs in schools.

  • BA (Hons) in Integrative-Relational Counselling - Middlesex University
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - CPCAB
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Schools - CACHE
  • Online & Telephone Counselling Certified Counsellor - Counselling Tutor

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Social skills

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

Email me to arrange a discounted 50 minute initial session. This is to see if you would like to work with me, and for me to see if I'm the right therapist for you. The fee for this is £40.

Concessionary rates are sometimes available.

See my website for regular updates on my availability.

Further information

Embracing Emotions is inclusive; my counselling room, close to Surbiton station, is wheelchair accessible and has a gender neutral restroom. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical framework.  Along with being insured and having a cleared, enhanced DBS check, I am registered with the ICO, have up to date safeguarding training and attend regular supervision with an experienced BACP Accredited supervisor.

Embracing Emotions
Therapy Spaces
16 St James' Rd

Kingston upon Thames

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My room is wheelchair accessible and I have experience supporting wheelchair users. Regrettably, the restroom is not wheelchair accessible.

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Emily Knivett | Embracing Emotions

Emily Knivett | Embracing Emotions