Emily White - Psychotherapist, Group Therapist, Counsellor

Emily White - Psychotherapist, Group Therapist, Counsellor

About me

I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, practising both privately and within the third sector. I run my private practice from a quiet room in the borough of Hackney, London.

I work with individuals and couples, as well as running therapy groups. I offer both time-limited counselling (typically around 12 sessions) and longer-term, open-ended therapy. Sessions are 50 minutes each, either weekly or twice-weekly depending on your preference. I work with adults and young people (16+ years old).


Therapy gives you the unusual opportunity to express your private thoughts and feelings spontaneously, uncensored, and without risk or judgement. Within a confidential, therapeutic space, you can explore these parts of yourself truthfully with another.

The therapist is there to listen to you, without a personal agenda, and help deepen your insight into your subjective experience. This exceptional form of human contact enables you to understand yourself better – your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – and begin to change.

Clients have described this process as revealing, empowering, liberating and transformative.

My approach

A growing body of research into successful therapy has shown that a good relationship between client and therapist is the essential factor. This relationship is at the heart of Relational Transactional Analysis, the theoretical school in which I am trained. In an atmosphere of safety, clients can explore and confront difficult feelings and experiences and gain the confidence that they will survive them.

At times, I will use our relationship to help you understand other relationships in your life, past and present. Some of our work together will focus on the here-and-now. At other times, we may explore how past experiences affect you in the present. You can expect the sessions to be client-led and collaborative - they may at times be challenging, but you are always in control of what you share.

My experience has taught me that each person’s therapeutic needs differ. I therefore work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my approach to what you need from the work. I draw upon a variety of disciplines and therapeutic tools: I incorporate elements of body psychotherapy and mindfulness, paying attention to your somatic (physical) experiences, as well as to your thoughts and feelings; I adopt techniques from the creative therapies, such as art or drama therapy, as tools for exploring painful experiences from a safe distance; I am also heavily influenced by the person-centred tradition, which emphasises congruence, non-judgement and empathy as the core conditions of the therapeutic relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an MSc and Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and a Foundation Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills. I trained at the Metanoia Institute one of the leading clinical and academic institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.

I am a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I abide by their ethical framework. I am therefore committed to my own personal development as a practitioner: I attend regular clinical supervision and CPD to support my work. I am also a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR).

I have worked with clients from a range of cultural backgrounds, across a variety of settings, including at the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, Refugee Council, Highbury Counselling Centre, Room to Heal and Centrepoint.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Issues related to gender, sexuality or identity

Photos & videos

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Individual therapy

Rates are on a sliding scale from £57-£75, dependent on income. All initial consultations are £50.

Couples therapy

Rates are on a sliding scale from £80-£100, dependent on joint income. All initial consultations are £70.

Further information

If you would like to arrange an initial assessment, please email me on: emily@emilywhitepsychotherapy.com or call me on 07706 886 207.

In this session we will explore what has brought you to therapy and what you hope to get out of it.  You will have the opportunity to ask me questions and think about whether therapy would benefit you at this time.  Crucially, the session will enable you to discover whether you are comfortable with me.

All contact is with me directly and any messages are kept confidential, so please feel free to leave a voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as I can. There is no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy after the initial meeting.

Upcoming group:

Dalston and Hackney Therapy Group: Making Space for You

  • Do you struggle to make space for yourself in the week?

  • Do you feel like you spend a lot of your time supporting or caring for others, e.g. as a parent, friend, therapist, health professional or partner?

  • Would you value a regular space in your schedule to explore your own needs, think about your relationships, and help you establish a sense of balance?

The Dalston and Hackney Therapy Group is starting a new weekly group: Making Space for You. From October 2019, members will meet weekly on Thursday mornings, working alongside two experienced therapists: Emily White and Lucy Watt.

This group will be an opportunity for you to connect with others, and learn how to be more authentic and open within these and other relationships. In a safe and trusting environment, you will meet other people who are experiencing similar issues to you. The group is there to support and gently challenge you, helping you grow in the ways you’d like to.

When we focus our energy on the needs of others, in our jobs or our personal lives, we can lose touch with our own feelings, needs and wishes, and sometimes even with our sense of self. The Making Space for You group will give you the unusual opportunity to have the time and space to connect, or reconnect, with the parts of yourself that may have become neglected or hidden.

We hear more and more about the importance of self care but, when we are busy, self-care can be hard to put into practice. We are better able to be there for others when we are already caring for ourselves; you can’t give from an empty bottle. This therapy group is a space for you to reconnect with yourself, find balance, and improve your relationships as a consequence.

We are recruiting now for the term starting on 10th October 2019. Please get in touch to arrange an initial assessment to secure your place:

Lucy Watt – lucy@lucywattcounselling.com / 07599 619109

Emily White – emily@emilywhitepsychotherapy.com / 07706 886207

Please note that we only have 8 places so if you are interested we recommend getting in touch with us asap. We will have a waiting list, should you be unable to join in October.

The group will run from E8 Therapy on Kingsland Road, near Dalston Junction station.

It will be held on Thursdays, 9.30am to 11am. The fee is £30 per 1.5 hour session, paid in five-session blocks.

Maps & Directions

London, E8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

Types of client

Young people