Psychology In Cirencester

What Is Psychology

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.

What to expect from Psychology

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. 

 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.

Emma Riggs Psychologist cirencester

Dr Emma Riggs


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.

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Please note: All therapists are self-employed and availability will depend on each individual.

Psychology can help with

  • Dealing with trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Help with adjustment to brain injury
  • Bereavement