Dr Emily Ollman-Hirt
I am a practising Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist with fifteen years of experience working within the NHS and private sector. I am a member of the British Psychological Society and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists and I abide by their code of ethics.
I have worked in the mental health field for the past fifteen years working with adults, couples and families. I specialise in psychological health during the perinatal period, as well as working with couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, infertility or other reproductive trauma. In working with adults who are not parents, I may still apply my knowledge of developmental psychology to help you to understand how your earliest experiences of relationship might be impacting upon your current day to day life.
Due to a broad training background, I have grounding in various different approaches, which allows me to be flexible in how I works with each individual:
“I try to listen to the therapeutic goals of the client before deciding upon what sort of approach might 'fit'. Sometimes a client may be unsure what their immediate goals for therapy are, which would lead me to consider having a more open, explorative stance in the therapy. At other times, I might use a more behavioural (CBT-like) approach to support someone to actualise behavioural changes in their life. I believe that an understanding of a person's past relationships is extremely important in order to help them understand their current difficulties, and I see therapy as a way of detangling oneself from old, painful relational habits. I try and work with transparency, which involves being clear about how therapy works and how we will measure when you have achieved your goals.”
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and accredited Counselling Psychologist and an Integrative Psychotherapist, registered with the BPS and the UKCP.
I have worked in the mental health field for the past fifteen years. This includes working in a busy London primary care psychology service for adults; with looked after children in residential settings, within an NHS in-patient unit and currently within a community parent-infant psychotherapy service.
I am trained in the delivery of CBT therapy (cognitive behaviour therapy) which is recommended by NICE guidelines for the treatment of mild depression, anxiety disorders and panic.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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The initial assessment session is charged at a flat fee of £80.
Subsequent sessions are charged at £85.
Some concessions available - please enquire for more information.
Appointments available online only
I understand what a daunting task it can be to choose a therapist, and taking that first step can be anxiety provoking!
I believe that finding the right therapist, and booking that initial meeting is the first and most important step on the way to actualising real change in your life. For this reason, I view the beginning 6-8 sessions of therapy as an intermediary period of 'getting-to-know' one another, as well as a chance for us to see whether or not I am the right therapist for you. There is no obligation to continue past the initial period, and in fact some people find that those first few sessions were all they really needed!
Change can be scary for some, as it means letting go of old habits and patterns. I am therefore not surprised that people come to therapy with some mixed feelings, particularly as you may not know what to expect.
My promise to all of my clients is to make the process of psychotherapy as transparent as possible, with plenty of opportunity to discuss how you are finding the sessions. We will be clear about our goals, and we will negotiate together how we will aim to get there.