Dr Emma Butchard-MacDonald

Dr Emma Butchard-MacDonald

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Dr Emma Butchard-MacDonald

Clinical Psychologist

I am a Clinical Psychologist and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Glasgow

BA (Honours) Psychological Sciences – Edinburgh Napier University

Further Training

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for Physical Health Conditions
  • NES Psychological Interventions in Response to Stress & Distress in Dementia (Trainer Level)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) – I have completed 3 out of 4 phases of training. Final part 4 in April 2023.


Clinical Practice

I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years. My experience includes work with individuals aged across the lifespan, with a range of presenting difficulties in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I have most experience working with adults and older adults within the NHS, providing formulation-led interventions for a variety of presentations including, but not limited to, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD (cPTSD), grief and anxiety disorders consisting of, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I also have specialist experience in supporting clients, families and care staff to better understand and provide person-centred interventions for stress and distressed behaviour in dementia. Neuropsychological assessment of cognitive functioning has also been a core part of my experience, particularly assessment of dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Alongside Private Practice, I currently work as the lead Clinical Psychologist in a Clinical Health Setting providing care to clients throughout their critical illness journey, as well as supporting relatives and staff. In this role, I work with people with a range of presenting difficulties in the context of physical, psychological and cognitive changes following critical illness. Common presentations include various anxiety disorders, depression, cPTSD, adjustment disorder, changes in memory and thinking, and stress and burnout. As the lead Clinical Psychologist, a core part of my role involves service design, development and evaluation as well as delivery of training and supervision to colleagues and Doctoral Trainee Psychologists.

Therapeutic Approach

Clinically I take a compassionate, person-centred and collaborative approach, with the aim to create a safe, supportive environment for clients so we can identify a shared understanding of presenting difficulties and work towards therapeutic goals. I am qualified to use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to draw up different therapeutic models to tailor therapy to individual needs. I believe therapy gives the opportunity to work together to better comprehend presenting difficulties and to provide clients with understanding, tools and confidence to live their life in a valued way.



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