Dr Emma BolesEmmaís qualifications are Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from The University of Sydney and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science from Macquarie University. She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in both non-profit and private practice settings.
Emmaís main areas of interest and expertise include trauma, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety, grief, perfectionism, self-esteem or confidence issues, body image issues, work and study-related stress, adjustment to change, coping with stressful situations, managing strong emotions, relationship difficulties, and migration and resettlement difficulties for people newly arrived in Australia. Emma is also experienced supporting carers of loved ones and patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
Emma is skilled at working collaboratively with clients to assist them in navigating stressful situations or progressing toward their goals. She does this by aiming to build an insightful understanding of the factors underlying or contributing their current difficulties. Emma adopts a client-centred approach in order to support each client according to their particular needs. Emma is also experienced and skilled in working from a culturally sensitive perspective, and has supported clients from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds.
In her therapeutic work Emma draws on a range of therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness Based therapies, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Emma is able to draw on her experience in these varied treatment modalities to tailor the therapy to match each personís particular needs and goals.
As well as private practice Emma works with adults and young people from a refugee background who have experienced trauma. Emma works with refugees to support them in their recovery and in rebuilding a meaningful and fulfilling life after trauma. Emma supports trauma survivors to heal by helping them to make sense of their past experiences, live more meaningfully in the present, and focus on their existing strengths and resilience to navigate future challenges.
Emma is a warm, compassionate and empathic therapist who is dedicated to assisting people to cope during difficult times in their lives. Her approach is also centred around encouraging and fostering personal growth, confidence and self-worth, and assisting people to create meaning and purpose in their lives and build resilience against future life stressors.
In addition to providing therapy and treatment Emma is an AHPRA approved Clinical Supervisor, and has presented on trauma and working with refugees and asylum seekers to other health professionals at national and international conferences.
Emma is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology, and is an Associate Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association.