Em Perera
Dr Em Perera
Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and ACT therapist and supervisor

Main style of therapy used

I am trained to use different therapy approaches to suit individual and family needs. I prefer to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which is an evidence-based therapy that incorporates Mindfulness and purposeful living. ACT is well suited to clients interested in focused but explorative therapy. I also incorporate Family Systems Therapy (FST) when working with families and couples.

Approach suitable for

ACT is suitable for a broad range of people and conditions. It can help adults, adolescents and couples with difficult-to-manage emotions or relationship difficulties. And people who struggle with self-criticism to develop greater self-acceptance, self-compassion and a nurturing approach to themselves.
ACT is an active, practical approach for realising meaningful change.
FST is helpful for couples, families or individuals who are struggling with relationship difficulties at home or work.

Brief summary of approach
My therapeutic approach is to use evidence-based therapies in a flexible, collaborative and client-centred way. A strong therapeutic relationship is the key to successful therapy, and I work to develop this with my clients. This relationship underpins my approach, regardless of the type of therapy being used. I use explorative conversation, exercises and measures to support clients to gain greater self-awareness and manage their behaviour. Sometimes this includes introducing clients to books and websites and agreeing therapeutic tasks between sessions. Regular reviews ensure therapy is meeting initial client goals or to move to new goals that ensure our work is effective and meaningful. The final session usually identifies what has worked and how to spot signs of relapse. Feedback is always welcome and important for a genuinely collaborative therapeutic approach.

Additional information
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (NCPC), BUPA, AXA-PPP, Vitality, Cigna and Aviva Insurance agencies.

Please also see information about training events and courses that I run on www.enhanceliving.org
For appointments please contact me on 07896 045904 or email em@enhanceliving.org.
Clinics are run at The Ananda Clinic on
Mondays and Thursdays 9am – 3pm.