Dr Emma Williamson (CPsychol, PGDip, MSc, BSc Hons)
I am an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in a range of private, health and organisational settings. I currently run a pioneering award winning psychology service in the NHS as well as working in private practice with individuals (adults and children), families, groups and organisations.
I offer specialist psychological assessment and psychotherapy using a range of approaches (Incl. amongst others: CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy DIT, Mentalization-Based Treatment MBT, DBT, Systemic, Solution Focused).
I am experienced in working with all areas of mental health distress and life challenges including:
- Low mood, loss, bereavement and depression;
- Anxiety, stress and worry (incl. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & trauma, Panic, Generalised Anxiety, OCD, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias);
- Interpersonal, personality and relationship difficulties
- Behavioural problems (incl. anger management, addiction, sex, food issues, self-harm, unhelpful repetitive patterns);
- Life stage challenges (incl. professional issues, career/work/school issues, parenthood, divorce/separation, adjustment);
- Physical Health, pain and Medically Unexplained Physical Conditions
I work with adults and children and also provide coaching, consultation, training and supervision to those within the field, on doctoral training courses and in related disciplines. I am passionate about helping groups and organisations think psychologically about complex issues and I am an experienced staff team trainer, working with accommodation and support organisations supporting complex needs groups (incl. care homes, homeless hostels, mental health services, schools).
I’m passionate about supporting and empowering others to make meaningful change in their lives and welcome you to contact me to discuss what you think would be most helpful for you at the current time.
As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to conduct specialist assessments using a range of tools and by integrating information from various sources including self-report measures and interview to determine the most helpful treatment option. An assessment for psychological therapy would usually be completed in one session, but for specialist assessments and when using a variety of assessment batteries this process may extend over several sessions depending on the degree of complexity. It will focus on understanding your current situation, and explore how and when the problems developed and what would be most helpful at the current time.
The formulation is a key part of the psychological process, and involves integrating the assessment information with psychological theory to provide a framework for describing and understanding your situation. This is where we pull together the relevant bits of your life story and past experiences in order to help us make sense of who you are, and what you do, and highlight where change, if relevant, might be possible.
The intervention, if required, is based on the formulation. For some people having an extended assessment and formulation may be sufficient to help them see the links between factors that cause and maintain their particular difficulties. For others, further sessions, called therapy, may be required to help them to develop alternative ways of coping or responding to their difficulties.
My depth training and experience allows me to draw from a number of models of therapy as required. This includes: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT) and narrative approaches. My broad and extensive training helps me to tailor specific formulations and treatments plans to you and your personal situation, thus increasing the efficacy of our work.
Some if the techniques may include:
- using psychological models to facilitate change (e.g. when there are difficulties with motivation)
- psycho-education (education to understand the nature of unpleasant physical or emotional symptoms and their link to difficulties such as anxiety or depression)
- skills training (e.g. teaching skills such as mindfulness or techniques to manage worrying or negative thoughts)
- teaching problem solving skills and copying strategies
- exploring personal values and belief structures to unveil meaningful aspects of life and guide value-based action
- conducting behavioural experiments (termed "homework" in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, to test out beliefs or practice techniques taught in sessions)
- looking at ways to improve communication techniques or the quality of relationships.
Type of clients
- Face to face assessment and therapy
- Short term or long term – time-limited and agreed
- Teaching and Training
- As am member of the British Psychological Society, I abide by their Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009). I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. These affiliations mean that I agree to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethical consideration in all aspects of my therapeutic work and decision-making and am regularly monitored to ensure I abide by the professional standards as outlined by the HCPC.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, CPsychol, University of Surrey
- Post Graduate Diploma Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, University of Essex
- MSc Health Psychology, University of Southampton
- BSc (Hons.) University of Surrey
Membership of professional bodies
- Registered Clinical Psychologist - Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist - British Psychological Society (BPS) and Member of Division of Clinical Psychology
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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£100 per assessment or treatment session.
My fees reflect the fact that I have attained extensive training to doctorate level and I have access to a number of skills and techniques outside the remit of a standard counsellor. As a HCPC registered therapist I hold the protected title of Clinical Psychologist, and am governed by the only legally-recognised body for counselling and psychotherapy. The Chartered status of my membership with the British Psychological Society reflects the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise, and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to reflective practice (learning from each individual client) and professional development.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday evening clinic 5.30-10.30pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|