Emily Zarkow

  • Professional Title: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
  • Qualifications: BSc, PGCert, MSc, PGDip in CBT
  • Clinic location: Online, E-Therapy


Emily is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Psychology in 2005. She went on to complete a primary teaching qualification in Oxford and then a Masters degree in Health Psychology in Bristol. She has worked within NHS and community services for over two decades, with both adults and children who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

In 2015 Emily undertook further study at the University of Oxford and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and in 2017 trained as a Supervisor of Psychological Therapies at Exeter University. Emily has worked for the NHS within the IAPT service supporting adults, spent several years working at Bristol based charity ‘Off The Record’ working with young people between the ages of 16-25 and worked for remote CBT providers Healios and ieso. Emily has been involved in research conducted by Bristol medical school on the effectiveness of instant messaging therapy.

Emily has been in private practice since 2017 offering both 1:1 sessions to clients and providing CBT based groups for Bristol Old Vic Theatre school students. Alongside this, she also provided supervision for both trainee and qualified Children and Young people’s Wellbeing Practitioners at Off the Record, Wellspring and Young Somerset.

Emily holds an enhanced DBS check and is fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BAPCP).

Areas of Specialist Experience

Emily is experienced in working with young people and adults who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health including depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, and PTSD.

She has also worked within substance misuse settings with those experiencing problems with addiction.

Therapeutic Approach

Emily believes that that trust and rapport are a vital part of building a solid base for therapy and a platform for change. She aims to cultivate an open, supportive and safe environment where client and therapist can explore and learn from experiences together. Emily incorporates elements of Solution Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Compassion Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness based techniques alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).