Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance the
promotion of psychological well-being. Clinical psychologists have specialist training
in working with a range of problems across a range of healthcare settings e.g. low
mood and anxiety; relationship issues; complicated bereavement; distress caused
by physical health difficulties; behavioural and cognitive difficulties.
A clinical psychologist will typically use a range of different methods during assessment to gain a comprehensive understanding of the 'formulation' or story of how biology, circumstance and personality maintain difficulties. These may include questionnaires and other formal assessment measures (e.g. neuropsychological testing), alongside interviews and observations.
A clinical psychologist may ask to liaise with others involved in your care including other healthcare professionals and family or carers, whilst ensuring your confidentiality is respected, to optimise care provision and risk management. Following assessment, recommendations for how to resolve the distress are made. This may include evidence-based talking therapies, in line with NICE guidelines (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), along with suggestions for lifestyle changes. You take an active role in setting your goals and collaborating in your intervention should you choose to pursue therapy.
Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe medication in the UK and are not medical doctors.
Your Therapist: Dr Emma Riggs
D. Psych. Sc. PG Dip Clin Neuropsychology; Chartered and Clinical Psychologist,
BABCP accredited CBT therapist
Emma has worked as a Clinical Psychologist with a diverse range of clientele
since 2001. She has worked in Forensic Clinical Psychology; Clinical
Neuropsychology; and Community Clinical Psychology in Ireland, Oxfordshire,
Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. She has supervised colleagues from a range of
disciplines and lectured at Bristol, Bath and Oxford Universities.
Expertise: Emma maintains a particular interest in the challenges presented by
persistent physical health symptoms and adjustment to physical health diagnoses
and changes in ability. She can help you manage the fear and uncertainty of symptoms for
which no medical diagnosis has been found, and the challenges this presents to everyday life.
She also worked on the CoBalT trial into CBT for treatment-resistant depression and enjoys supporting others in managing the many challenges life can present. She has undergone further specialist training in a number of Cognitive Therapies including: Mindfulness-based CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and adheres to professional body Continuing Professional Development requirements.
Emma is Chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered to
practice as a Clinical Psychologist by the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
She has full British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy
accreditation (BABCP). She holds professional liability insurance and Enhanced
DBS (Criminal Records) clearance.
Please contact Emma if you feel she can help or for further information.
Telephone Emma on: 07557-878034.
Initial Telephone Consultation: FREE of charge
Initial Face-to-Face Assessment for Therapy: 90 minutes, £120
Therapy Sessions: 50 minutes, £90
Please contact Emma to discuss Consultancy, Teaching, Training, Supervision and other specialist assessments as necessary.
Emma is not currently undertaking medico-legal work.
As with all our therapies, you should seek advice from your GP if you feel you have a