Emma is a warm, creative and engaging psychotherapist who has been working with children, families, individuals and groups for 17yrs. She enjoys working in an integrative way; a way that she strongly believes allows her to be flexible in her approach and best meet the needs of her clients. Emma is as happy to play as to talk. She obtained her Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. Becoming a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2004 and she retains that level of membership.

Emma has a vast experience of working with children who have experienced trauma and developmental trauma. As a psychotherapist she has worked in therapeutic residential children’s homes, within domestic abuse recovery projects, as a school’s counsellor in primary and senior settings, as part local authority fostering, adoption and post order teams as well as in private practice.

Emma has experience in working with bereavement and traumatic death, she currently also works with Winston’s Wish, a children’s bereavement support service. Emma has experience designing and delivering bereavement training to schools and other professionals.

As an adoptive parent of two children herself, Emma has experience of the everyday challenges that families may face. Emma is passionate about working to provide support that benefits the whole family. More recently Emma is pursuing training in Attachment Focused Family Therapy and has recently completed DDP Levels 1 and 2 training.

Having worked alongside trauma for many years, Emma believes that self-care is extremely important. She enjoys making the most of living in Sussex between the hills and the sea. Spending time with friends and family and being out running with her dogs are a few favourites.

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 1. An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers
    The Centre for Emotional Development Brighton, Susan Drake, 28 hours, 2019
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 2. An attachment-focussed therapy for traumatised children and their carers
    The Centre for Emotional Development Brighton, Susan Drake, 28 hours, 2019
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Psychology & Practice).
    Northbrook College Sussex, 2003
  • RSA Counselling Skills in The Workplace
    Northbrook College Sussex, 2001
  • Theraplay Level 1.
    Theraplay Institute via West Sussex Post Adoption Team, 2008
  • B.A (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
    University of Brighton, 1997
  • The Body Keeps the Score. Intro 
    Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, 2 hours, 2020
  • Working online
    Jo Ames, 2 hours, June 2020
  • Making Connections with an autistic brain
    Phyliss Coulter, 2 hours, May 2020
  • Shame and secrecy associated with self-harm
    Angela Voulgari, December 2019
  • Shame and secrecy associated with self-harm
    Angela Voulgari, December 2019
  • Child Protection Level 2
    Educare, 5 hours, June 2019
  • Broken lives, broken brains, broken hearts – Find joy in healing the residue of trauma
    Judy Crane, 2019
  • Working with grief and trauma from within a trauma informed perspective
    Beacon House, three days, 2019
  • The Body Keeps the Score; Christiane Sanderson discusses how to respond more effectively to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and complex trauma
    2018
  • Overcoming blocked care and blocked trust
    Dan Hughes, Online seminar, 2018
  • Creative Ways of Working With bereaved 11-18-year Olds.
    Suzannah Phillps, 2013
  • WSCC various trainings in Signs of Safety
    2006 -2012
  • The Neuroscience of Adoption and Fostering:
    Margot Sunderland, 2007
  • Working with attachment & trauma within schools; Inside I’m Hurting
    Louise Michelle Bomber, 2005