About

Dr Emma Bishop (BSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol, Registered Mindfulness Teacher)

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with people who are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression or low mood, trauma, loss and bereavement, self-criticism, or managing the impact of a physical health condition(s).  I have a special interest in supporting people who experience cancer to manage the stress and uncertainty that this can bring, and worked as a lead psychologist in an NHS cancer psychology service for several years. I am currently working as a lead Clinical Psychologist in a Long COVID service, providing individual therapy and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a range of evidence-based therapies and offer a person-centred approach to understanding what might best support a person with their emotional well-being.  I believe that being flexible and responsive in this way makes therapy as useful as possible, because it is attuned to the person seeking support.  It also means that therapy is a collaborative process.  Therapies that I can offer are informed by these caring and evidenced-based approaches:  

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and MBCT for Cancer
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

In my personal and work life, mindfulness and compassion approaches have helped me to cope with everyday kinds of stress, and in my own experience of loss and difficulty.  I am passionate about sharing these approaches in therapy and have been dedicated to developing these skills as a therapist alongside my own personal practice.

My Training and Experience

Qualifications

I completed doctoral training to be a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Leeds (D. Clin.Psych., 2003-2006).  Before this I studied for an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield (BSc, 1997-2000).

Professional membership

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (PYL02625) and a member of the UK Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK).  I am also a registered Mindfulness Teacher with the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA).

Clinical experience

I have worked in NHS psychology services since 2001, and have experience of working psychologically with people in both mental health and physical health settings.  Over the past 15 years, I have worked in a large Hospital Trust supporting people to manage the impacts of physical health symptoms or treatments including cancer, fatigue, pain, surgery and life limiting conditions.  I have had a lead psychologist role in a cancer service, supporting patients with their psychological and emotional needs during the stressful and often life-changing experience of cancer.

Further training

​Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist I have been committed to developing and maintaining a high standard of clinical skills.  I have further training in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT),  Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and have trained to become a registered mindfulness teacher offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy training in groups and in individual therapy.  I deeply value the skills I have learned through my training, and so the approaches I share in therapy also inform how I look after my own personal well-being.

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