DrF Emma Britneff

Clinical Psychologist


I am a registered chartered Clinical Psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and families in a range of NHS mental health services.

I am passionate about working holistically to support children and young people to overcome difficulties that may be getting in the way of living a fulfilling life. I believe that creating a safe environment and a collaborative trusting relationship with the young person is fundamental for positive change to happen. I provide evidence based psychological therapy that is catered to the individual’s unique needs and remains focused on their goals, by drawing upon my training in several different therapeutic approaches. The main therapeutic approaches I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focused therapy and narrative therapy.

I am trained to provide psychological treatment for a range of difficulties across a spectrum of severity. This includes anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, health anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depressive disorders and low mood, trauma, and loss. I can also help young people with stress, sleep problems, psychosexual issues, low self-esteem, and adjustment to physical health conditions or changes to circumstances, for example changes to home or family life.


  • Adolescents
  • Adjustment to physical health difficulties
  • Anxiety (panic attacks, health anxiety, OCD, chronic worry, social anxiety, self-image issues)
  • Depression
  • Functional or medically unexplained symptoms
  • Loss
  • Low self esteem
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Trauma

I have a special interest in working with adolescents, and value working alongside parents to facilitate a shared understanding and ensure that progress continues outside of sessions. I am able to tailor sessions to any special needs that a young person may have, such as ASD, ADHD or learning difficulties.

I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Psychological Association.

  • BSc Psychology; University of Southampton
  • MSc Mental Health Studies; Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych); Royal Holloway, University of London

News & Publications

Ismail, K., Bayley, A., Twist, K., Kurtis, S., Ridge, K., Britneff, E. et al (2020). Reducing weight and increasing physical activity in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease: a randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of enhanced motivational interviewing intervention with usual care. Heart 106:447-454.

Ismail, K., Stewart, K., Ridge, K., Britneff, E., Freudenthal, R., Stahl, D., McCrone, P., Gayle, C., & Doherty, A. M. (2019). A pilot study of an integrated mental health, social and medical model for diabetes care in an inner‐city setting: Three Dimensions for Diabetes (3DFD). Diabetic Medicine.

Doherty, A. M., Britneff, E., Gayle, C., & Ismail, K. (2015). improving outcomes and reducing healthcare costs in diabetes by integrating psychosocial care with medical care: Three Dimensions of Care for Diabetes (3dfd): p510. Diabetic Medicine, 32, 185.

Britneff, E. & Winkley, K. (2013). The role of psychological interventions for people with diabetes and mental health issues. Journal of diabetes Care. Vol 17, No 8, 305-310.

De Zoysa, N., Rogers, H., Stadler, M., Gianfrancesco, C., Beveridge, S., Britneff, E., Choudhary, P., Elliot, J., Heller, S., and Amiel, S. S. A. (2013). A psychoeducational programme to restore hypoglycemia awareness: the DAFNE-HART pilot study. Diabetes Care. doi:10.2337/dc13-1245

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