Emma Jane Pillinger, Dr

Emma Jane Pillinger, Dr

IFM Certified Practitioner
IFM Certified Practitioner


The Sanctuary Exeter 58 Rivermead Road, St. Leonard'S, Exeter, Devon, UK



Medical Specialties

Functional Medicine

Health Coaching

Lifestyle Medicine

Public Health and General Preventive Medicine


Medical Conditions



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chronic Pain


Anxiety or Bipolar Disorder

Infections (acute and chronic low-grade such as Lyme - Candidiasis etc.)

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Migraines and Headaches

Skin Disorders

Eating Disorders

Chronic Disease

Digestive disorders


Female Disorders


Gluten Sensitivity


Stress-related Conditions

Languages Spoken



I am a qualified clinical psychologist & AFMCP graduate. I utilise my many years of experience to offer clients a safe space to discuss their background & lifestyle in depth, in order that I fully understand their current issues, challenges & goals. Clients find it helpful to tell their complete story & have an opportunity to ask questions / make decisions about the possibility of further work. I offer a confidential, compassionate, non-judgmental space to explore the issues that led them to seek support & make recommendations for intervention. For example, I may suggest functional medicine work, longer term exploratory therapy, or focused trauma work. I provide a space of safety, respect & optimism for the real possibility of change.

Graduate School Education

Diploma in Psychological Studies (2002), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2007), Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Graduate (2018), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) (2019) Aromatherapist in training (current)

Professional Associations

The Health and Care Professions Council, The British Psychological Society, Institute of Functional Medicine, EMDR International Association (2019), School of Natural Health Sciences

What Patients Can Expect

My commitment is to provide clients with the appropriate information & advice to maximise their chances of success. Although I use a range of therapeutic models & theories to inform my work, I mainly utilise systemic & functional health principles, underpinned by humanistic values. At the heart of my work is a deep respect for people & their ability to ‘re-author’ their personal stories in a way that is useful & meaningful to them – my aim is empower clients to explore their personal experiences of mental and/or physical ill-health, whilst providing space within which arising feelings & emotions can be contained. Ultimately, I endeavor to meet the client 'where they are at' in order to make realistic & achievable changes that last.