Dr Emma Hollywell

Dr Emma Hollywell

About me

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a fully accredited Schema Therapist by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) as well as an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.

I work using an integrative approach, tailoring therapy to the needs of each individual to support clients to gain a greater understanding of themselves and make lasting changes. I value each client’s individuality and my aim is to create a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic experience that reflects each client's distinctiveness.

In addition to the specialist approaches listed above I am also an experienced DBT therapist (DBT British Isles trained) and use a range of third wave therapeutic approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to tailor the therapy to the clients presenting issues.

Starting Therapy

For most people, taking the decision to speak to a psychologist is a big step, in some cases it may take someone years to finally decide to come to therapy. With all of the options out there, it can be difficult to know which kind of therapy would be helpful.

For this reason, we would usually begin by talking on the phone for an initial 15 minute consultation. This would give you a chance to ask any questions you might have and I can get a sense of what you are needing help with. The next step would be for us to schedule a time to meet. In the first few sessions we would sit down in an informal and relaxed way and I would invite you to tell me in detail about what is troubling you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have more than ten years experience of working in mental health and psychological wellbeing. I have a varied clinical background working within NHS services for eating disorders, substance misuse, occupational health and severe and enduring adult mental health, eventually specialising in working with clients with complex trauma and borderline personality disorder. Continued Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of my professional practice.

I am currently working part-time as a lecturer on the City, University of London Counselling Psychology Doctorate programme (DPsych) and the Psychology BSc undergraduate programme.

Before becoming a Psychologist I worked in a fast paced marketing firm as an account manager and witnessed first hand the impact stress can have on wellbeing in the workplace. My doctoral research examined the nature of compassionate care in the NHS and promoting compassionate care, self-compassion and wellbeing in the workplace which are areas I remain passionate about.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Maps & Directions

London, EC1R

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Supervision & training

Supervision available