Emma is a registered psychologist with experience in delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to children, and adults with a broad range of mental health issues which include depression, anxiety, chronic pain, perfectionism, body-focussed repetitive behaviours and stress.
Emma joined the Clinical Psychology Centre team in 2020 after obtaining her Master of Clinical Psychology degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. During her training, she gained experience working in various settings including public health and research clinics.
Emma is passionate about working with individuals through using evidence-based techniques and interventions to help achieve their goals, overcome personal obstacles and live more fulfilling lives. She believes that compassion, collaboration, empathy and understanding are essential in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. She has a particular interest in working with adults who experience anxiety and depressive disorders, and chronic pain, and working with children who experience anxiety disorders, and their families.
We recently sat down with Emma to ask her more about her life, both in and out of work.
Emma’s therapy style
My therapy style is empathetic, collaborative, and solution focused. I endeavor to empower clients through creating a space where they feel heard, understood, and motivated. Moreover, I aim to encourage clients to build upon their own understanding of themselves, acknowledge their own efforts and celebrate their achievements. Throughout therapy, I place an emphasis upon the development of strategies and skills and building a client’s confidence to utilise these tools independently and beyond the end of our work together in therapy.
What is important to Emma throughout the therapeutic process
Throughout therapy, I think it is essential to ensure that what is happening in the therapy room each week is aligned to a client’s goals and what they want to get out of each session. To facilitate this alignment, I believe that it is important that therapists and clients establish a shared understanding of the goals for therapy and how the various strategies and skills introduced throughout therapy are directly linked to achieving these goals.
To ensure that my approach continues to adapt and respond to the client’s needs and the development of their goals, I believe in the importance of continually eliciting and integrating client feedback into my therapeutic approach and the focus of each session. I believe that client feedback can empower clients to take an active role in achieving their goals as well as ensure that therapists are flexible in their approach to delivering evidence-based therapy.
Outside the therapy room
I enjoy spending time outdoors, and reading. At the moment, I’m reading The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I’m also watching The Plot Against America.
One piece of advice that Emma has for someone who is looking to start therapy
The decision to start therapy may be daunting and scary so as best you can, try to focus on what you could get out of it to help you get your foot in the door.
Emma works predominantly with an adult population, and uses techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help her clients achieve their goals. Her working days at the Clinical Psychology Centre are Wednesday and Friday. For more information, or to book an appointment, visit www.clinspsychcentre.com.au, email reception at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 9906 5199.