Emma is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling (2007) and BA (Psychology) (2003) both from the University of Queensland as well as currently conducting research as a doctoral candidate for her Professional Doctorate in Creative Arts Practice. Emma is recognised as a member with Psychotherapists’ and Counsellors’ Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI). The foundations of her approach to therapy are psychodynamic and humanistic with a focus on coming to know more and better understand our internal world. This is achieved in the safety of a trusting, empathetic, and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.
Emma is highly experienced and passionate in the area of trauma working with infants, children, and adults who have experienced abuse, and neglect, and violence arising from war, interpersonal conflict, sexual assault, and trafficking. She adopts a trauma-informed approach that recognises the individual’s traumatic experience as unique, emphasising the need for physical, psychological, and emotional safety. Arts Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy are the main modalities Emma uses each with a robust evidence-base for trauma recovery. Emma is one of a handful of therapists in Australia trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an evidence-based and structured treatment for PTSD.
Emma is also interested in working with people to overcome eating disorders, body image issues, and disordered eating. Clients are often well linked into clinical interventions as necessary interventions for recovery; however client’s often describe a need to explore the meaning of the illness and the impacts on relationships with others and self as part of recovery. Psychotherapy offers a more in-depth exploration which compliments other concurrent treatment approaches. Emma’ doctoral research enquired into the different narratives of eating disorders found in families, using arts-based and feminist narrative research as the primary methodologies.
Emma incorporates the Arts in her practice as another way of giving voice to experiences, memories, feelings, thoughts, and resonances which are sometimes difficult to, or too painful, to access. Additional to working in private practice, Emma lectures in Post-Graduate Counselling degrees and is involved in research keeping her up-to-date with the latest research, literature and theory. In 2017 she will be leading a humanitarian mission in developing and implementing an Arts Therapy program for traumatised children in a developing country.