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Emily Leathers-Smith

Full name

Emily Leathers-Smith
BSc Psychology, MSc Mental Health Studies, PGCert Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Job title

Clinical Psychologist

Special interests

Emily works at both the Optimise Pain Rehabilitation Unit and the Pain Management Centre at the Churchill Hospital, and provides a link between the two services. At Optimise she is involved in assessing the psychological needs of patients, working on the Balanced Life Group Programme at the Horton General Hospital, and offering some patients one-to-one psychological therapy.

She has a particular interest in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support individuals to live beyond their pain and reclaim their quality of life.

Year of professional qualification

2019 (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford)


Emily has experience working in the NHS with a range of client groups, from children to older adults, delivering both individual, family and group work. She enjoys working in an integrative manner, drawing upon a number of different theoretical models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT).

She is interested in incorporating creative methods into her work with patients, e.g. using drawing to understand ideas and concepts.

Emily is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. She was appointed to her current post in November 2019.