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“In therapy, I aim to create an open and trusting relationship with each client as they make sense of their experiences and work towards their goals.”

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I chose to study psychology because I’m fascinated by how different we all are from each other, at the same time as having something fundamental in common that lets us empathise with each other’s experience. Each person’s situation is different, and what suits one person may not work for another. As a therapist, my job isn’t to tell people what to do, but to collaborate with them to find and implement the solutions that work best for them.

I believe in using evidence-based therapies in a flexible, responsive way, to help each individual person to make meaningful changes in their life. It is a privilege to do this work, and I am continually impressed by the ways in which people are able to change their lives for the better. However complex or long-term the issues, it is always possible to make a difference.

 

Emma is skilled and experienced in evidence-based therapies for adults with a wide range of difficulties including eating disorders, childhood trauma, OCD, anxiety disorders and depression. She has several years’ experience working with people with chronic or progressive physical health conditions. She specialises in third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) including compassion-focused therapy, and has specialist training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and in mindfulness-based approaches. 

Emma is also able to carry out hypothesis-led psychometric testing for complex neurological issues in adults and children, including autism, memory loss, problems with executive functioning, and general learning disability, as well as general IQ testing and cognitive profiling. She is fully trained to use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and other psychometric measures.

Emma has worked with people across the lifespan in a wide range of settings, including general adult mental health, eating disorder services, memory clinics, inpatient settings, and services for people with brain injuries, neurological conditions and learning disabilities. She also has a background in psychology research, exploring early diagnosis of autism, and a randomised controlled trial of an ACT intervention.

 

Taylor, E., Target, M. & Charman, T. (2008) Attachment in adults with high-functioning autism. Attachment and Human Development 10: 43-163. 

Drew, A., Baird, G., Taylor, E., Milne, E. & Charman, T. (2007) The Social Communication Assessment for Toddlers with Autism: an instrument to measure the frequency, form and function of communication in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 37: 648-666. 

Charman, T., Taylor, E., Drew, A., Cockerill, H., Brown, J. A. & Baird, G. (2005) Outcome at 7 years of children diagnosed with autism at age 2: predictive validity of assessments conducted at 2 and 3 years of age and pattern of symptom change over time. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 46(5): 500-513. 

Taylor, E., Charman, T., Baird, G., Drew, A., Slonims, V., Cockerill, H. (2003) Outcomes of seven-year-olds diagnosed with autism at age 24 months: effects of initial child characteristics and interventions. Presented at Edinburgh University

 

 
 
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