About Emily May: Sydney Family & Child Psychologist

Grad Dip Pscyh (Hons) The University of Sydney; AMAPS

I am a fully registered psychologist and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. As a family and child psychologist, I am committed to supporting young people, families and adults to make positive changes in their lives.

I bring creativity, compassion and experience to my work. My services include providing therapy and counselling for children, teenagers, and young adults, as well as parenting advice and therapy for families and adults. I also offer group programs and am involved in various community projects.

You can claim a Medicare rebate for my services if you have a GP referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan.

Becoming a family & child psychologist

Emily May sydney family and child psychologist from Fostering Hope PsychologySince I was a young, I knew I wanted to support others, especially young people, to express themselves and to make the most out of life. Originally I studied philosophy, languages and social policy, and engaged in voluntary work supporting marginalised and at risk young people.

My passion for social justice led me to a job working for the peak body in NSW for youth affairs, where I took up a position empowering young people from all walks of life by convincing politicians to make positive changes for young people, training up youth workers to better support young people, and talking to young people about the issues that matter to them.

It felt like a natural progression to study and train to become a psychologist, as I already had so much knowledge and so many skills working directly with young people, families and the broader community.

I began my career as a psychologist working in schools and in the community sector. Since then, I have expanded my work to include providing therapy to children, young people and families, as well as adults, in a private practice setting. I also facilitate group programs and collaborate on community projects in and around Sydney. For the past three years I worked for a government program for young people at risk of homelessness, and their families. I now run my own practice and work at Headspace, a youth mental health centre, in Campbelltown.

Training and up-skilling front line workers who directly support young people is also an important part of my work.

Psychology study and training

I completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Sydney, and was accepted into the University honours program, where I completed a thesis on the effects of online gaming on young people.

Committed to building my practical skills as a psychologist, I completed my registration as a psychologist through the Australian College of Applied Psychology. During this two-year registration process, I worked as a school counsellor and trained in a range of different psychology techniques and approaches. I completed a one-year Certificate in Narrative Therapy, as well as a range of additional professional development courses and workshops during this time.

Since then I have been invited to speak at a number of conferences, including the 2013 International Narrative Therapy and Community Workers conference and the 2013 Youth Action Conference for Youth Workers. I am committed to lifelong learning as a psychologist, and frequently engage in professional development opportunities, including the following:

  • Talk that sings: Introducing Narrative Solutions with Heart – Johnella Bird, Auckland New Zealand (2013)
  • Working with Adolescents in a Family Context – La Bouviere Centre, Melbourne (2013)
  • Mindfulness and Self Regulation for Young People – Compass Training (2013)
  • Understanding Autism – (2013)
  • Art and Play Therapy for Children- Centre for Creative Change (2013)
  • Advanced Mediation Training - Fighting Fair Mediation (2012)
  • Negotiating the Gender Edge in Therapy - Johnella Bird (2012)
  • Bush Adventure Therapy - Evolve Hub Training (2011)
  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth (2010)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Introductory Course - Act Mindfully (2010)
  • Creative Therapy for Young People - Centre for Creative Change (2010)



Psychologist Registration Program, The College of Applied Psychology, 2012

Graduate Diploma (Psychology) (Honours), The University of Sydney, 2009

BA Communications (social inquiry), The University of Technology Sydney, 2005

Fostering Hope

I founded Fostering Hope in 2013 with the vision to develop an innovative family and child psychology service, where I could bring together ideas from psychology and counselling and make them relevant and useful to young people, families and adults.

Call me for a free 15 minute phone consultation on 0420 320 322 to discuss if my approach is a good fit for you, your child or your family, or fill out the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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