About me

Hi, I’m Emma Swaisland, a psychotherapist currently working online via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, and by telephone in south London and north Surrey.

I am passionate about the power of psychotherapy to empower and heal, having experienced and shared the change and growth possible in this process many times.

What to expect from counselling:

It’s perfectly normal to experience some level of distress – we wouldn’t be human otherwise. But there are times when we can feel overwhelmed or vulnerable and our thoughts, behaviour and emotions dominate us in an unhelpful and sometimes destructive way. This is where talking to a professional, qualified therapist can make all the difference. As your therapist, I’ll help you share your problems and gain perspective about the things that are troubling you. Together we’ll identify what might be stopping you from functioning well, reaching your potential, or enjoying healthy relationships, and we’ll explore what could work to improve your situation. Therapy can take place over the short term or it can be open ended. I’m experienced in both and what works best for you is something we’ll discuss during our first meeting.

My approach:

Broadly, my approach is relational: I provide a therapeutic relationship which supports you whilst you safely examine your experience and feelings, learn strategies for coping, explore your options for change and adapt to the things you perhaps cannot change.  I help a wide range of individuals who may be experiencing one or many symptoms or issues with an integrative approach, drawing on theories and techniques from a range of psychotherapeutic models. I believe different approaches help different people at different times. Your presenting problems, desired outcomes and past experience of therapy are also important factors. Within a confidential, non-judgemental setting, I’ll work to help you move towards a more productive, authentic way of being.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications & experience:

I graduated from Roehampton University with a BACP-accredited Masters degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. As well as running my own practice, I have experience working in an NHS setting delivering IAPT counselling services at a GP Practice, and for charitable organisations and specialist bereavement services. Prior to this, I had a career in publishing spanning 20 years, working with publications and authors often in the fields of psychology and self-help.

I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP), one of the main professional bodies in the UK representing therapists, defining standards and promoting expertise. I adhere to the principles of practice outlined in the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, (July 2018).

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

Health anxiety
Conflict resolution


Additional information

£70.00 per session.

A reduced fee of £50.00 is available to students or those on a low income.


I currently have availability on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Awareness Centre
41 Abbeville Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Emma Swaisland

Emma Swaisland