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Meet Emily Arkell

Meet Emily Arkell

Emily has a passion for helping people to live psychologically flexible and healthy lives in which they can thrive. She attained a Bachelor of Psychology with first class honours and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) with excellence from the University of New South Wales. Her experience spans a range of presentations and settings including anxiety disorders and chronic pain in the public health system; chronic and severe mental health problems (e.g. psychosis, bipolar) in an NGO; and complex trauma, eating disorders, and emotional dysregulation in private practice.  

Emily has a special interest in working with women’s mental health concerns. For her Master’s thesis, she chose to investigate the relationship between different types of perfectionism and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression. As such, Emily understands how the unrealistic standards that many women place on themselves or perceive from others can contribute to struggles in the perinatal period. Emily believes that women deserve evidence-based and personalised treatments for the issues that affect them and strives to deliver this service for everyone she works with. Her other areas of interest include sleep disorders, emotional dysregulation, eating disorders, trauma, and helping people adjust to life with chronic health problems.

Emily flexibly draws from a range of evidence-based treatments in her therapy including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also enjoys incorporating elements of Schema Therapy into her practice to help clients understand how deep-seated beliefs can influence longstanding patterns of feeling and behaving.

With her wholehearted and personable manner, Emily aims to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel safe to grapple with difficult experiences and big emotions. She is committed to meeting each person’s individual needs through feedback-informed therapy. Emily hopes her clients will leave therapy knowing the changes they made were the result of their own courage and willingness to experience vulnerability in the service of a life worth living.

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