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About me

Hello, my name is Emma. I am a UKCP registered systemic and family psychotherapist offering support to individuals, couples and families who are experiencing difficulties. I have my own private practice based in Dorking Surrey, and also work in adult and child and adolescent mental health services within the NHS.

Families and those in relationships sometimes get into difficulties due to their differences; or feel the strain when loved ones have troubles. In a similar way to how all parts of the human body can work together the help heal a broken bone or fight an infection; family therapy can help family members work together when something feels particularly difficult.

There is no escaping the fact that we rarely live our lives in isolation. We are one small part of a complex web of relationships and our interactions with people are generally influenced by the response we get from others.  It is therefore unsurprising that everything we do impacts in some way on those around us and visa versa.

Professionally, I have covered the whole life span - from babies, young children and adolescents; to adults, couples, parents and the elderly. As a sibling, a partner and a parent I also have personal experience of how even a small change in one persons life can ultimately impact on close relationships, family dynamics and day to day functioning.

I offer a safe space in which to explore your difficulties and facilitate positive change. I am transparent and collaborative in my approach, helping you to improve relationships and overcome challenges.

I provide the opportunity for an initial consultation to help establish whether my approach is right for you at this time. There is no obligation to take it further.

I am able to offer appointments some evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings depending on availability.

Please call or email me if you have any queries.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • MSc in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy (Institute of Family Therapy/ Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • BSc Hons Psychology, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • Foundation Level Systemic Family Therapy – SW London St Georges NHS Trust (Sutton Hospital)
  • Intermediate Level Systemic Family Therapy - SW London St Georges NHS Trust (Prudence Skynner Clinic, Springfield Hospital)

I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am committed to on-going professional and personal development, and have completed a number of additional courses to enhance my work.

I am experienced in exploring a variety of issues affecting anyone in the family unit;  and how this ultimately impacts on close relationships, family dynamics and day to day functioning.

Supporting the parents and families of children and adolescents with challenging and antisocial behaviour due to issues such as offending behaviour, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Oppositional Defiance Disorder; as well as those affected by issues such as poor school attendance, anxiety, low mood and depression; self harm. 

I am also trained and experienced in facilitating Multi-family groups in schools aimed at improving behaviour and attainment.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have vast experience supporting families with adolescents with challenging and antisocial / offending behaviour.


From £70.00 to £100.00

Additional information

Appointments are available weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Appointment availability can be discussed on first contact.

I provide the opportunity for an initial consultation to help establish whether my approach is right for you at this time. There is no obligation to take it further.

Sessions and Fees

How long are the sessions?

Your initial session will last between 60-90 minutes. This gives us time to discuss your concerns, assess how we can best work together, and answer any questions you may have.

Following sessions are for 60 minutes and will occur every 2-3 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Initial Consultation:

£100 for families and couples, £85 for individuals

Subsequent sessions will be charged at:

£85 per session for families and couples £70 for individuals, payable by cash or cheque.

Some concessions are available and can be discussed at the initial appointment.

How many sessions do I need?

I offer long and short term counselling. The length of therapy can be discussed at your first session.

What do I do if I need to cancel?

I require at least 24 hrs notice of cancellation for which there will be no charge. Appointments cancelled with less notice will incur the full session fee. I will always endeavour to rearrange your appointment.

Are sessions confidential?

All issues discussed in therapy will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Information will only be disclosed if I consider there to be a risk risk of harm to yourself or another. In such circumstances I will endeavour to discuss my reasons for disclosure with you.

When I work

I am able to offer appointments on some evenings in the week and on Saturday mornings.

Further information

I have counselling rooms in both Dorking and Guildford town centres with convenient parking near by. They are not far from the main line station which has good public transport links into the town.

Mid Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5

Guildford, Surrey, GU1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults