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Dr Emma Pillinger

Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist
All Ages

DClinPsy, AFMCP, EMDR (Part One)

Dr Emma Pillinger

Dr Emma Pillinger is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with over 19 years of experience working in both public and private sectors, in community, residential, and hospital settings. She currently works part time for Devon Partnership NHS Trust and independently as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, the Institute of Functional Medicine, and the EMDR Association UK. Working with people individually, as a couple, family, group or staff team, Dr Pillinger uses a range of psychological therapeutic models and theories to inform her work, predominantly utilising attachment, systemic, psychodynamic, and functional health principles. Specialising in EMDR and ‘parts’ work, her approach is trauma-informed and underpinned by humanistic values that incorporate an essential focus upon building and maintaining the therapeutic relationship – she is committed to creating and contributing to a culture of kindness within healthcare.


Dr Pillinger sees patient across all age ranges and is able to offer therapy to individuals, couples and groups, for many difficulties including: Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; (ADHD) Anxiety; Autistic Spectrum Conditions/Disorder; Depression; Eating disorders; Grief and Loss; Learning difficulties; Long Term Conditions and/or Persistent Physical Symptoms; Neurological conditions; Personal, sexual, and/or family relationships; Personality development/disorder; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Self-harm/suicidal ideation; Serious and enduring mental illness; Sexual orientation and gender identity; and, Trauma.


Described by her peers as a warm, compassionate and enthusiastic professional, Clinical Partners are delighted to present Dr Emma Pillinger as part of our Exeter team.


  • Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Affairs/Infidelity
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Bereavement
  • Bi-Polar Affective Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Childhood ADHD/ADD
  • Childhood Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Childhood Depression and Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cyclothymia
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Support
  • Forgetfulness and Dementia
  • Grief and/or Loss
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Marriage
  • Menopause
  • Miscarriage
  • Motherhood Stresses
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • Personality Development/Disorders
  • Phobias and Fears
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pre Menstrual Tension
  • Relationship Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness
  • Sexual Abuse and Trauma
  • Sexual Functioning
  • Stress
  • Termination
  • Trauma
  • Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Work and Career Related Issues

Therapeutic approaches used

  • Systemic
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Trauma Focussed Therapy Work
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing

Qualifications and Education

  • Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies
  • Level II Counselling Skills in Person Centred Counselling
  • EMDR (Part One)

Professional Bodies and Membership

  • British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Institute of Functional Medicine
  • EMDR Association UK

You don't need a GP referral to see Dr Emma Pillinger.

Speak with a member of our friendly staff in complete confidence and arrange a consultation face-to-face or online at your earliest convenience.

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