Dr Emma Kirkby-Geddes

Chartered Psychologist

Emma (she/her) is a Chartered Psychologist, therapist, researcher and trainer. Emma has 10 years experience of working as a therapist. She specialises in behaviour change for people living with and affected by life changing injury, chronic health conditions and life transition. 
She is experienced in delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and draws upon her training as a mindfulness instructor in her work with clients.  She is currently on the training pathway to become a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  
  • Behaviour change specifically for life transitions, loneliness, physical activity. 
  • Psychological adjustment following traumatic events.
Emma has a PhD in Positive Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. In January 2022 she completed her Professional Doctorate to qualify as a Health Psychologist, where her focus was on developing training and interventions to address chronic loneliness. 
  • Positive Ageing – purpose in life and eudaimonic well-being for living well in middle age and later life
  • Chronic loneliness and the role of experiential avoidance.
She has skills in conducting literature reviews (rapid and systematic) and in undertaking research using quantitative/qualitative methodologies. She has many years of experience in designing and implementing evaluation of training and health projects.
As a trainer, Emma has written and delivered training for a range of audiences focusing on topics such as:
  • Loneliness awareness – to support the work those working on the front line with vulnerable older adults
  • Self-care for health care professionals.
  • Psychological skills – to support NHS staff in their work during the Covid pandemic.
  • Person-Centred Care – for those delivering care to vulnerable adults and adults with long term health conditions.
You can find Dr Kirkby-Geddes’ publications in Resources.