Dr Emma Wells

Clinical Psychologist

Leeds

You’re a Clinical Psychologist, what does this mean?

This means that I work with young people and families to try to understand and make sense any difficulties that they may be facing, and provide them with support to improve their wellbeing.

Where have you worked previously?

GIDS is my first job following qualifying as a clinical psychologist. Prior to my training I worked mainly with children and families as an assistant psychologist and research assistant. During my training I completed placements across the lifespan, from working with children to older adults. My specialist placement was in an adolescent inpatient mental health unit where I worked with young people with complex mental health needs.

What was it that interested you about working in GIDS?

Throughout my training I have worked with a number of young people who have talked to me about issues with their gender identity, some of whom were referred to GIDS. I became passionate about the wellbeing of young people presenting with such issues and therefore thought it would be a rewarding team to work in – and so far it is!

What advice would you have to someone coming to their first appointment with you?

Please don’t worry about coming to your first appointment. Whilst this is understandable we work with lots of young people who probably come through the door with similar questions and concerns as you. There is no such thing as a silly question. We will do our best to make you feel at ease – we really are a friendly bunch.

What is your favourite book and/or children’s book?

I love Roald Dahl books. I love his stories – they really opened up my imagination. My favourite recent book is The Night Circus.