Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance
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 Therapists: Dr Emma Riggs and Dr Marie O'Neill
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 specialist 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 Psychotherapies 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
- 50 minutes £90
Therapy Sessions: 50 minutes - £90
Please contact me to discuss Consultancy, Teaching, Training, Supervision and other
specialist assessments as necessary.
I am not currently undertaking medico-legal work.
Dr Marie O'Neill
D. Clin Psych. C Psychol.
Chartered and Clinical Psychologist, Chartered by the British Psychological
Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Marie qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2001 and provides a
confidential therapy service to people struggling with a range of mental
health difficulties. She specialises in therapy for ex and serving members
of the emergency services and armed forces, particularly those struggling with PTSD or symptoms of post-traumatic stress (eg: excessive worry, difficulty sleeping, changes in mood, withdrawal from others and social occasions, anxiety in busy places, feeling on edge).
Marie obtained a degree in Psychology and Law in 1992 and then worked for several years within the Probation Service, at Broadmoor Special Hospital and at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. During which time she held both clinical and research posts. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London (UCL), when she specialised in work with teenage boys in secure accommodation and in care.
Drawing on a range of models and theories, as well as many years experience and training, Marie seeks to provide an intervention that is tailored to your own individual needs. One of the benefits of seeking psychological support privately is that you can work together to decide on the right approach for you at this point in time and are not tied to a set number of sessions or a limited style of working.
The range of models used are Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including the integration of third wave CBT therapies (eg: ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) and Mindfulness approaches. Marie is also strongly influenced by her training in IPT (Interpersonal Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Please contact Marie if you feel she can help or for further information.
Tel: 07544 561 884 or
Initial Telephone Consultation: FREE of charge
Initial Face-to-Face Assessment and Formulation session: 90 minutes £145
Therapy sessions: 60 minutes £100
As with all our therapies, you should seek advice from your GP if you feel you have a