AboutMy hope is to share the things I have found to be transformative in my own life, and the lives of those I've worked with over the years. My philosophy is one of the essential goodness and possibility in every human life.

Emma Harley

As a Clinical Psychologist I have spent over 15 years working with a wide range of people and issues. I have worked as a therapist, supervisor, and lecturer in in the government, university, not-for-profit, and health sectors, and have worked in Central Australia in remote communities, as well as overseas. I now manage a private practice in Brisbane, Australia, where I am passionate about utilising my varied experience to work in a holistic and integrated way with people. I also continue to play a role as a Consultant Clinical Supervisor at The University of Queensland. 

I came to psychology a little later in life after studying in other fields, yet having found psychology personally very helpful in my own life. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004, initially with a strong interest in psychodynamic psychotherapies and the place of the 'wisdom traditions' and philosophy in therapy.

In my 15 years as a therapist I have become increasingly holistic in my approach. My training across different types of therapy, and my study and personal experience in different meditation and spiritual traditions has deepened my understanding of how we can reduce our suffering and increase our happiness as human beings. Over time I tend to trust more in the wisdom held in our intuition and bodies, and to appreciate the gifts of creativity.

I have taught as a Senior Lecturer in postgraduate clinical psychology training programs in Queensland and have given workshops in the area of mind-body healing in work with trauma. I have additionally lectured in the areas of social justice, philosophy, and ethics and have a strong interest in the role of the environment, culture and justice in personal and community wellbeing.

I maintain ongoing study – presently in the areas of mind-body healing (including the neuroscientific underpinnings) and mindfulness meditation. I have also studied in architecture, law, theology and philosophy. I hold the following qualifications & registrations in Psychology:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Psychology), & Doctor of Clinical Psychology (The University of Qld)
  • Full Member Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA)
  • Area of specialisation in Clinical Psychology with AHPRA