Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families.
Areas of Special Interest
Trauma (Sexual / non-Sexual). Anxiety Disorders. Eating Disorders. Relationships. Parenting Support. Health Psychology. Sexual Health. Culturally Diverse Populations – Maori, Pasifika, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern. Spiritually / Faith Based Therapy. Gender / Sexually Diverse Populations.
Emma is dedicated to working collaboratively with clients to assist them in developing an understanding of how they think, feel, and behave; as well as supporting them to develop skills to manage their own wellbeing. She believes in supporting clients by building their knowledge and skills, while utilising positive and strength based psychology.
Emma believes that understanding the relationship you have with yourself and how this influences how you relate to the world is an important aspect of developing self-awareness and skills that can subsequently improve well-being.
Emma is registered with ACC Sensitive Claims to provide therapy and supported assessment for children, adolescents and adults.
Emma recognises that many clients have been trying their best to manage their difficulties prior to starting therapy. The decision to seek professional support can be challenging and is often due to previously helpful strategies becoming less effective overtime; rather than clients ‘not trying hard enough’.
Coming from a culturally diverse background and upbringing, Emma enjoys working with cultural and diverse populations. She has a special interest in Pasifika, East (Indian) and Oriental Asian, Middle Eastern and migrant families.
Emma is trained in a range of therapeutic frameworks, some of these include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Based Treatment (FBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST),
- Group Therapy
- Relationship Therapy (Developmental Model)
- Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
Emma believes that therapy approaches need to be decided in collaboration with clients after assessing the presenting difficulties and client goals. Often a few approaches are utilised during therapy as required.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Psychologist
- Member NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
- ACC Registered Psychologist (Sensitive Claims)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice
- Masters of Arts (Hons, Psychology)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education)
Background and Experience
Emma was born in Fiji and is mixed race; she was raised in New Zealand and completed her academic studies in Auckland. She has worked in New Zealand and Australia in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Emma has a broad range of experience across the ages with mood disorders, relationship difficulties and trauma. Her specialist experience has come from working within settings such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Corrections (Forensics), Primary Health Organisations (PHO), Care and Protection, Private Practice and Trauma Based Services.