Finding the right psychologist is like finding the right partner, you want to find someone you click with, who gets you, and who is willing to stand by through difficult times. Please read below to find out if my approach is the best fit for you.Emily May sydney family and child psychologist from Fostering Hope PsychologyEmily May sydney family and child psychologist from Fostering Hope PsychologyEmily May sydney family and child psychologist from Fostering Hope Psychology

My style is holistic, evidence-based, creative, compassionate and down to earth. I take psychology, neuroscience and therapy and make it useful and relevant to the lives of the young people, families and adults I work with. I am relaxed and genuine in my approach to counselling. I have open ears and an open heart, and am genuinely interested to hear your story and  always remain available and present.

Emily May sydney family and child psychologist from Fostering Hope Psychology

Emily May, Sydney Family & Child Psychologist

Therapy isn't a one size fits all. I take a holistic approach and draw on a range of approaches to suit your needs. I then tailor counselling to fit with your history, current experience and hopes for the future.

The main approaches I use in therapy include, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Thearpy (CBT), Interpersonal Neurobiology, Family Therapy and Creative Therapy. In a nutshell, I see people as more than just the problems they present with, their problems and concerns are just one part of who they. I am interested to know about the whole story of a person, and to help people build on their strengths, and to develop new ways of addressing old problems. I also recognise that we all have different minds and different bodies, and that the genetic codes we are born with interact with our experience in the world to create the ways we think, feel and act. Neuroscience tells us that our brains are not fixed, but rather change over time depending on our age and our experiences in the world. Therapy is one way of strengthening pathways in the brain that lead to more positive experiences. You can read below for more information on these approaches.

I am also guided by the principles of social justice and human rights. I believe everyone in society has the right to safety, well being and belonging.

Emily_May_SHOT_026Narrative therapy

Narrative therapy is a collaborative approach for working with people in a way that honours their knowledge, skills and experience. The basic principle of narrative therapy is that people are more than the problems they experience.  The aim of therapy is to reduce the influence of problems in a person's life, so they are better able to develop the strengths and resources they need to develop a life that is consistent with their hopes, dreams and values.

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Mindfulness therapy

Mindfulness is the act of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment, without judgment. That is, observing what is happening in and around us, without evaluating what is happening. The intention is to tune into the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, and has since been appropriated by Western practitioners, including psychologists, most commonly as a strategy to assist with emotional regulation. I apply mindfulness as a technique in therapy, but also as an approach to  all the work I do. My intention is to stay present with the people I work with, and invite them to become mindful in their own lives.

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Social justice and human rights

Social justice is the belief that all members of a society have a collective responsibility to ensure that each person has access to a safe, equal and dignified life.waiting room for my approach page of Emily May psychologist Fostering Hope Psychology
Human rights recognises the inherent value of each person, regardless of background, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe. Human rights are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, which are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies. They are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and having the ability to make genuine choices in our daily lives.
I aim to live by the principles of social justice and human rights in all the work I do, both in and out of the therapy room.

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