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About Us

Ashdown Psychology Services was founded by Dr Emma Stevens.  

Dr Emma Stevens is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered with the British Psychological Society.  Emma works in an integrative way, drawing on a range of psychological models including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic, Psychodynamic and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Emma has a particular interest in Attachment Theory.

Emma has over ten years extensive experience working in both the NHS and private healthcare sector.  She currently works as a Principal Clinical Psychologist, leading a psychology team within the NHS, specialising in working with adults with Learning Disabilities.  

Emma works as an Associate Consultant with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities; delivering training nationally on the subjects of Positive Behaviour Support and trauma.

Emma is trained in delivering Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working towards accreditation under specialist supervision.



Qualifications and Training


BSc in Psychology

PGDip in Health Psychology

PsychD in Clinical Psychology

Advanced Professional Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support 

EMDR Parts 1,2 and 3


Membership of Professional Bodies​


Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL27135)


Chartered with the British Psychological Society (180062)

Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (a division of the BPS)

Member of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities (a faculty of the BPS)

Emma also holds an enhanced DBS check







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