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I’m Dr Emma Svanberg, a Clinical Psychologist

...since 2009 and Hypnobirthing practitioner since 2010. I’ve worked in a number of different mental health settings but specialise in the perinatal period –  the time around pregnancy, birth and the first years of parenthood. 


I trained at UCL, London and have done further training with organisations such as the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Anna Freud Centre and the Institute of Psychoanalysis. My interest in perinatal psychology has led me to places as near as Tower Hamlets and as far as Calcutta!

I've been interested in working with parents since my teenage years, when I met the developmental psychopathologist Dr Patricia Crittenden at my kitchen table. My own dad’s work on the Infant Programme in the North East of England and the conversations I had with him and his colleagues over this time sparked a lifelong interest in why parents  matter so very much.


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I'm experienced in a range of psychological therapies

 I work integratively, with a focus on attachment and brief psychodynamic approaches. I’m happy to see you alone, as a couple, with your child – whatever suits you best. I can also offer consultation to other professionals.

Over the years, I’ve brought together my interests in psychology, birth and feminism so that I now aim to provide a service supporting women and their partners through this amazing, crazy, transformational time.

I am an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and the Association for Infant Mental Health and the London Regional Co-ordinator for the Positive Birth Movement. 



I write and campaign to raise awareness

of mental health difficulties during pregnancy, birth and the early years. 

I'm proud to have written for:

The Guardian


The Early Hour

Anya Hayes, Mothers Wellness Toolkit

Sara Campin, Keeping Mum Mighty

Jenna Rutherford, Doula Natal

Lulu Adams, The Mummy Collective

Nadene van der Linden, Unshakeable Calm

Rebecca Schiller

We are Future Female