Dr Emer McDermott

Clinical Psychologist



Anxiety & Stress

Life Transitions

Grief & Loss


Self Esteem

ADHD & Autism

Pregnancy & Postnatal Depression

Rates & Availability

Standard Fee is $295.00
Senior Psychologist
($137.05 Medicare Rebate available*)
Out-of-pocket is $157.95

Days: Mon, Thur
Online via video call

* The Medicare rebate is available to clients under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.

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Good At Tough Love

Sensitive & Gentle

Get to know Emer

I believe our community, upbringing, and relationships (past and present) shape how we see ourselves and how we navigate through life. 

Over the past 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with people from different backgrounds in a multitude of countries and settings (schools, private clinics, public hospitals and community mental health settings).

I enjoy being welcomed on the journey of my clients’s lives and developing genuine relationships grounded in trust, openness, and curiosity. I strive to see the world through your lens and understand your unique family, cultural, and life experiences. 

My clients have described my therapeutic approach as open, non-judgemental and encouraging. This allows you to be vulnerable in your sessions and creates a safe space in which we can work together on your journey. 


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
-Mae West

My educational background consists of bachelor’s and masters degrees in psychology, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Trinity College Dublin. 

I like to utilise a holistic approach to therapy, seeking to understand all aspects of your identity and lifestyle to inform our work together. 

I provide evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, EMDR, Schema Therapy, although other approaches such as integrating Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness approaches are incorporated depending on your needs, and what we’re working on together. 

Emer’s Grounding Technique

After a trauma, it’s normal to experience flashbacks, anxiety, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Grounding techniques help control these symptoms by turning attention away from thoughts, memories, or worries, and refocusing on the present moment.

Using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique, you will purposefully take in the details of your surroundings using each of your senses. 

What are 5 things you can see?
Look for small details such as a pattern on the ceiling, the way light reflects off a surface, or an object you never noticed.

What are 4 things you can feel?
Notice the sensation of clothing on your body, the sun on your skin, or the feeling of the chair you are sitting in. Pick up an object and examine its weight, texture, and other physical qualities.

What are 3 things you can hear?
Pay special attention to the sounds your mind has tuned out, such as a ticking clock, distant traffic, or trees blowing in the wind.

What are 2 things you can smell?
Try to notice smells in the air around you, like an air freshener or freshly mowed grass. You may also look around for something that has a scent, such as a flower or an unlit candle.

What is 1 thing you can taste?
Carry gum, or small snacks for this step. Pop one in your mouth and focus your attention closely on the flavours.

Outside The Therapy Room…

I learnt to swim when I moved to Sydney, so I try to get in the water as much as possible and enjoy my new skill!

My therapy song…

Dermot Kennedy – Better Days