Dr Emily Smyth is a Co-Founder of the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic. As a Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Integrative Psychotherapist, she has accumulated over 10-years of clinical experience, knowledge and expertise across the private, public and charitable sectors to date.
Emily completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with refugee survivors of torture. She has additionally completed a masters degree in Psychology with distinction, a 5-year masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and a postgraduate certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Alongside her work at the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic, Emily also works part-time in Oxford as a trial psychologist on the Study of Trauma and Recovery (STAR): a NIHR funded multi-site Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) investigating the effectiveness of a new integrated trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for individuals with psychosis.
Fundamental to Emily’s approach is the emphasis she places upon the development of a safe, trustworthy, and authentic therapeutic relationship. She believes in the importance of showing unfaltering kindness, empathy and unconditional positive regard to every client she works with. Emily holds an unfaltering belief and hope in people’s ability to change and overcome their difficulties, no matter their struggles, and believes it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. She therefore recognises the importance of identifying each person’s unique strengths and abilities, and believes that the therapeutic process can be a place to share not just difficult experiences, but positive experiences and humour also.
Emily is highly passionate about conducting research that contributes to the field of psychology. In addition to working on the STAR trial, she has published research in the field of neuropsychology, and has recently submitted two further research papers for publication. These papers investigate the prevalence of psychosis in refugees, and the relationship between complex trauma and psychosis in refugees compared to non-refugee populations. In addition to this, Emily is skilled in developing new treatment protocols; training multidisciplinary teams in psychological interventions; delivering career and educational consultation services; and facilitates a number of our group therapy programmes. She is experienced in the treatment of:
Emily is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness-Based therapies, Narrative Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). She is also experienced in delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and is currently working towards becoming a fully accredited DBT practitioner and supervisor with the British Isles. Emily also brings a wealth of experience in delivering relational, person-centred psychotherapy which is more exploratory in nature. She therefore offers a highly adaptable and flexible therapeutic toolbox that can be tailored to the individual needs of each client she works with. Emily offers both short and long-term interventions, and is experienced in working across cultures and languages with interpreters.
Emily’s clinical work is grounded in theory and informed by the latest evidence-base, and she works in adherence with the NICE guidelines. She is committed to delivering and maintaining the highest standards of psychological care at all times.