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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 fundamental goodness and promise in each of our lives.

Emma Harley

As a Clinical Psychologist I have spent 18 years working with a wide range of people and issues. I have worked as a therapist, supervisor, and lecturer 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 drawing on my rich experiences with people, and the many tools I have learned to work in a holistic and growth-focussed way with people. 

I came to psychology a little later in life after studying in other fields, yet having found the wisdoms of psychology, philosophy, and the spiritual traditions enormously 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 18 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. My exposure to the areas of performance and positive psychology have brought an added dimension of understanding our unique personality trajectories and how we can best thrive. My personal and professional journey have also brought me a much deeper understanding of the mind-body connection and how important it is to draw on the wisdom held in our bodies, our intuitive capacities, and our 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 and somatically-focussed mindfulness meditation. I have also previously studied in architecture, law, theology and philosophy. I hold the following qualifications & registrations in Psychology:

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