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Emily Hirshman-Smith

Adv Dip Couns, MA Couns
Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Perth Western Australia

About Emily

Emily is trained as an Humanistic Integrative Psychodynamic Therapist. She believes that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and that clients will have different needs based on their presenting issues and history. Emily understands that the relationship between Therapist and Client is central to the work, and she places a great deal of emphasis on creating a safe environment and building trust.

Emily’s approach also stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. Clients are encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents, siblings and significant others, at a pace that feels safe for them. Emily treats this information with sensitivity and care, whilst also focusing on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship where relational patterns can be identified and worked with in the present, with the aim of facilitating change.

Emily is originally from the UK and commenced her training as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in 2001. While in the UK, Emily worked at a Women’s refuge with survivors of abuse, and in private practice. She migrated to Australia in 2005, and in 2010 completed a Master of Counselling.

Emily has worked as a Youth Counsellor in Sydney, co-facilitating group therapy sessions for teenage Mums while also working with adolescents on a range of issues including sexual abuse and drug addiction.

Since 2011, Emily has been working for Sexual and Reproductive Health WA, a clinic specialising in all areas of sexual health. Emily commenced private practice in WA 2013.

Emily works from both Mount Pleasant and the Fremantle area, and offers daytime and after hours appointments.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Counselling Association

Areas of Expertise

Emily works with couples and individuals on both a short and long term basis. Her areas of expertise are:

  • Relationships
  • Couples Counselling (including desire discrepancy, conflict resolution, communication)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual dysfunction (including vaginismus, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction)
  • Sex / Pornography addiction
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Adolescent Counselling
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Post Termination Counselling
  • Grief and Loss

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