Talking Mind with Emma Robertson


Emma is our Assistant Psychologist and group facilitator for the Thriving Minds project. She previously worked in education and came to us to pursue a career as a psychologist. Outside of work, Emma enjoys arts and crafts, rock music and travelling the world. 

Hi Emma, how long have you worked for Mind?

I will have worked for Mind for a year in January.

What are the main responsibilities of an assistant psychologist?

To teach coping strategies and provide one to one emotional support to service users, promoting independence and recovery. I also provide group sessions including managing anxiety and relaxation, confidence and self-esteem, and assertiveness. 

I assist our clinical team with assessments of new referrals to our residential services and I also help to deliver mental health awareness training to staff, and in the community.

What is the best thing about working for Mind?

Working for such a compassionate and caring organisation which has the individual's needs at the heart of all they do.  It is a rewarding place to work for, and to see the positive impact which the services has on people's lives makes me feel proud to be part of such a great organisation. 

Do you have any advice for those considering a career in psychology? 

You need to be passionate, committed, and gain as much experience in the field as you can. Before obtaining this role, I have had many voluntary roles including clinical experience in a hospital, bereavement and welfare support. 

As psychology is quite a competitive field, the important thing is to never give up, and to continue to learn and reflect on your working and life experiences as these are all relevant and valuable for a career in psychology.  

Questions by Kim Dawson

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