Dr. Emma Harley offers clinical psychology services in person in Brisbane, Australia and online.

Why see a clinical psychologist?

People seek therapy and counselling for a number of reasons – often there have been underlying concerns or struggles for some time. Sometimes the addition of significant life stressors such as work, health or relationship issues overstretch our coping resources. I often work with people with the following presenting concerns:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic disorder
  • Personal and workplace stress
  • Relationship issues contributing to emotional distress or mood disturbance
  • Adjustment to health crisis or chronic health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to major life transitions and changes

Often there can be many overlapping issues and sometimes there can be additional struggles with addiction, body-image or disordered eating. These issues can often be addressed as part of our overall treatment (Though where addiction, substance-dependency, or eating disorders are the primary concern you might find it helpful to speak with your GP or the “Find a Psychologist” service of the Australian Psychological Society to locate a Psychologist who specialises in these areas).

Clinical Psychologists undertake highly specialised training in understanding human development, personality and issues of mental health. As a Clinical Psychologist I have undertaken 7 years of University level training (holding the qualifications of Doctor of Clinical Psychology) and have extensive experience in understanding and treating psychological distress in both it’s more everyday and more complex forms. Clinical Psychologists are trained to understand the interplay of factors such as family history, biology, cultural, individual and life-history involved in the psychological issues.

Unlike Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists utilise a range of non-medication based therapies to bring relief from suffering and enhance wellbeing and growth. Clinical Psychologists are registered with Australia’s governing health body, AHPRA, and must adhere to ongoing professional training, supervision and abide by a national code of ethics designed to protect consumers.

If you are experiencing significant concerns in any area of mental health you may be eligible for a referral from your GP to see me, and this would also entitle you to a significant Medicare rebate for our sessions.

My approach

I adopt an integrative approach and depending on your preferences and situation often work with or more of the following models:

  • Psychodynamic (including transpersonal and Jungian)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Person-centred and humanistic therapies
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Attachment-based therapies
  • Mindfulness based & Compassion based therapies
  • Mind-body therapies
  • And various others….

I have a particular interest in holistic mind-body and spiritually centred psychology and helping clients create flourishing and authentic lives. Each person tends to work best with a unique approach tailored to them, and this is something that we would discuss upon first meeting. As a Clinical Psychologist I work with adults across the life span and with couples.

(Please note that I do not generally provide assessments or medico-legal reports for the purposes of  third-party insurance matters, medical, or legal issues). 

Fees

Clinical Psychology fees may attract a significant Medicare rebate if you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP or specialist doctor. You may also be able to claim a rebate under extras cover if you hold private health. Please note I am not able to bulk bill but can sometimes negotiate a reduced fee for full-time students and pensioners.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment with Dr. Emma Harley, clinical psychologist, please get in touch via our contact page.