Dr Emma Punter completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Durham University, following which she completed foundation courses in counselling and psychotherapy. After working as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS, she completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University, University of London. She is currently working as a Counselling Psychologist in a London NHS Trust.
She has a range of experience working with different client groups, with a specialist interest in young people and young adults. She is experienced in helping clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, disordered eating, OCD and complex trauma, as well as personal development and growth.
As a Counselling Psychologist, she is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as psychodynamic and person-centred therapies. She has also completed training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, compassion focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and is undertaking formal schema therapy training. Her theoretical approach is integrative - she draws on a range of theories and techniques to use in isolation or combination, tailoring therapy to best suit the client’s particular needs.
Through her work, she supports individuals to develop a better and more in-depth understanding of their emotions and behaviours. She helps to develop strategies to manage difficult or uncomfortable feelings and to change undesirable patterns of behaviour. She believes in the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship and its role in therapy. She works in partnership with clients to support them in working towards a life that feels authentic, fulfilling and meaningful.