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About me

I provide a space where all of you will be received with warmth and understanding. A space where we can work together to find clarity to help you understand your struggles and find a more stable and satisfying everyday life.

About me:

I’ve been practicing as a therapist since 2013 and have worked in many different settings, including schools, universities, voluntary organisations and a GP surgery.  I have worked successfully with people of different ages and backgrounds, presenting with a range of issues including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss, abuse, and relationship difficulties. More generally, I’ve been working in psychological well-being for 15 years, running therapeutic art workshops and as a university mental health mentor.

It is from my own life experiences that I have been drawn to work as a therapist as I know therapy can lead change and towards a life that’s more open, connected and satisfying.

Why therapy?

People come to me for a variety of reasons; you might be feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or like life isn’t going the way you want it to. Perhaps you – or your relationships – are suffering because of unhelpful patterns that no longer serve you. You may be experiencing sadness, anxiety, loss, anger, or the effects of childhood trauma. Or perhaps you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, but you know something’s just not right.

You may feel like you’ve tried everything, are feeling overwhelmed or that you can’t go on. I strongly believe that talking openly with an experienced, warm and non-judgmental therapist can make a significant difference to many people’s lives.

You needn’t suffer or struggle alone.

What to expect?

Our first contact is likely to be by email or a short phone call. This will give us chance to introduce ourselves and arrange an initial appointment. The first appointment will be an opportunity for you to say what brings you to therapy, see if I'm the kind of person you feel comfortable opening up to and for me to see if I will be the right therapist for you.

After this session you can decide if you want to continue working with me and from there we will find a mutually convenient time to meet each week.

I really understand the courage it takes to talk about aspects of yourself that you might find painful or embarrassing, and I’ll respect and support you without judgment. Sometimes I might challenge you too, but only as a way of moving your therapy forwards to help you get more from it. I’ll help us build a relationship that’s safe, trusting and always appropriately boundaried.

My approach:

In a safe environment and with genuine sensitivity, I’ll give you the opportunity to share and explore whatever it is you bring; including those aspects of yourself, or your life, that you feel embarrassed of or wish you could disown.

Sessions will be directed by what is of most importance to you; I have no agenda to the outcome of our work together.

As a Gestalt psychotherapist, I'll work with the whole of you (your thoughts, beliefs, emotions and your physical experiences) to help develop a deep awareness of your struggles, where they come from, and how they play out in your life and relationships.

Whilst we can explore your past to see how it influences you now, the basis of our work will be to see how you are living in the present, and how we relate to each other.

At times when it's difficult to  discuss certain events or painful feelings, we can experiment with using different creative approaches to enable you to express make sense of your experiences.

I do not offer advice and believe you are the expert of your life. I see therapy as a way of you finding and uncovering your answers and truths to create choice and flexibility in what you do and how you respond in life.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Post-graduate level Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (SCPTI)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills.
  • BA Fine Art
  • BA English Literature & English Language

I’m a full clinical member of UKCP and work within their ethical framework, and I’m also fully insured, attend regular supervision and am part of the DBS Update Service. To keep my work rooted in best practice and always relevant, I attend professional development workshops and personal supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee is £45 per hour.

I work with people over a short-term period (usually be 8-12 weeks)  or for longer periods of months or years; in our initial consultation we would work out what would work best for you. We would meet weekly and your appointment would be at the same time each week.

Fees are paid on the day of your appointment and you can pay by cash (if face-to-face), PayPal or bank transfer.

I have concessionary places available.


I currently have availability during the daytime on Tuesdays.

Further information

I work face to face from a spacious therapy room located with a view over the canal in Sowerby Bridge. It is a ten minute walk from the train station, has free car parking and is easily accessible by the tow path.


I offer online and telephone appointments and face to face therapy.  I work from  well ventilated, spacious rooms that are cleaned between clients.  Hand sanitiser is provided to be used before entering the room. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to working face to face during this time, please do call or email me.

Sowerby Bridge
West Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Emmy Twigge Psychotherapist UKCP

Emmy Twigge Psychotherapist UKCP