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Get to know Emily: A quick guide to my approach

I often reflect on how much we expect of clients in our role as counsellors, and mental health professionals more broadly. When starting counselling, the relationship can feel very imbalanced in terms of the expectations on clients to openly share about their lives without knowing much about the person sitting opposite them. This is why so many of my blogs and posts focus on sharing information about how I work; I want anyone considering counselling with me to feel assured that I have training and experience relevent to their needs, but also that my approach is one that seems a good fit for them. I hope that this quick guide is a helpful place to find the information you need to decide if Emily Stanley Counselling is a good fit for you.

My Framework

Throughout my studies and work experience I have developed a clear framework that applies to all of my work. No matter the therapeutic techniques I am using with a client, the core of all counselling or professional supervision services I offer is:

  • The belief that all people come to counselling with existing strengths and skills and resources

  • Empathy, genuine care and unconditional positive regard

  • A holistic of the person (see my previous blog/post for a deep dive!)

  • Social justice (equity, inclusivity, diversity and advocacy)


Through my studies and professional experience I have developed an integrative approach to my work with clients. Techniques I often use are:

Areas of Speciality

Since graduating from the Masters of Counselling degree at the University of Qld, I have gained specialist counselling experience in the areas of:

  • Eating disorders

  • Body relationship issues

  • Life transitions (especially when co-ocurring with ED and trauma)

  • Trauma, including PTSD

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities- migrant, refugeee and asylum seeker, unaccompanied young people

  • Anxiety

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Depression

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

What To Expect in Sessions

Session are tailored to each client individually. Whether you are seeing me for trauma counselling, relationships counselling or support for more general life challenges, our sessions will be guided by the same overall process of:

  • Creating a safe space together; physical space, sensory preferences

  • Getting to know you- your values, goals, challenges

  • Implement approaches most effective for your goals and challenges

  • Regularly review sessions together; what’s working, adjustments needed

If you would like to get started with counselling and would like a free meet and greet phone call, please get in touch.


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