About Emma

I’m Dr Emma Svanberg, I’ve worked with parents and families for nearly 20 years, and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009. I’m also known as the ‘Mumologist’, because my work is predominantly with mums and mums-to-be (although I do work with dads and partners too!)

I’ve worked in a number of different mental health settings but specialise in the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy, birth and the early 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 dad, P.O. Svanberg, pioneered an early intervention programme to promote secure attachment relationships,  and the conversations I had with him and his colleagues over this time sparked a lifelong awareness of why parents matter so very much and our need to support this intense and important time. 

I’m experienced in a range of psychological therapies.

I work integratively, with a focus on attachment and brief psychodynamic approaches. I also draw from Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, systemic and narrative approaches and other theories to offer you an approach which is tailored to your unique needs.   I’m happy to see you alone, as a couple, with your baby – whatever suits you best.  

Alongside my direct clinical work, I use community psychology ideas to offer information, support and empowerment through writing, online communities, social media and activism. Alongside my colleague Dr Rebecca Moore I co-founded Make Birth Better CIC in 2018, working to reduce the impact of birth trauma on families. I am a firm believer that many mental health problems could be prevented or their impact minimized with better support from those around us. 

If you are looking for professional support, I can also offer consultation, supervision and teaching. This may be individual consultation or working in an advisory capacity.  am frequently consulted by individuals and organisations as well as offering training and workshops.

Over recent years, I have frequently been invited to speak at conferences, events and workshops and can develop a bespoke presentation or workshop to meet the requirements of your team or organisation.

My work as a psychologist is all about community. 

As well as the communities I facilitate, I also work alongside other practitioners and under regulatory bodies.

I am an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, Co-Founder of Make Birth Better CIC, I sit on the BPS Perinatal Faculty Committee and am also a member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists for Social Change and the Association for Infant Mental Health.

Make Birth Better Campaign

Make Birth Better started as a social media campaign raising awareness of Birth Trauma, back in 2017, followed by a meeting of 8 people in a (freezing!) room at Kings College, London. It is now a Community Interest Company, with a core team of 6, focused on reducing the impact of birth trauma. 

We offer a platform to share stories and experiences of all aspects of birth and birth trauma,  we lobby for policy change and we offer training, consultation and supervision. And we have a website with a huge amount of free resources. 

Please take a look, and join us in making birth better for everyone.

Newborn baby

1:1 Consultation Session

Do you work in mental health and want to pick my brains? Get in touch to book a session.

Perhaps you have an idea you’d like to mull over, a course you’re developing or a question you can’t find the answer to. Due to the number of enquiries I receive looking for support, I would love to offer you my brains to pick! You are welcome to also pick the brains of the other members of the collective, or even work with us as a group.

This includes:

  • A 60 minute phone or online session focused on a particular topic or question (to be agreed via email prior to the session)
  • Email feedback on possible next steps

This is for you if:

  • You work in the antenatal or postnatal period with parents or parents to be OR
  • You work in mental health
  • You are interested in learning more about perinatal mental health, or any other aspect of our work
  • You have a specific question or questions you would like space to think about
  • You are happy to speak via phone/online

This is not for you if:

  • You are looking for clinical supervision 
  • You would like to discuss a clinical case
  • You are looking for a quote or ideas for your article, book or project (we are happy to do this free of charge)
  • You would like to discuss working with me or others in the collective