Emily Hirshman-Smith - Perth Counsellor

Emily Hirshman-Smith

MA Couns, Adv Dip Couns

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Perth, Western Australia

Emily is an experienced Humanistic Psychodynamic therapist who works with couples, individuals and adolescents on both a short and long term basis. She specialises in the area of sexual health, which encompasses the following:

  • Couples counselling (including differences in libido, sexual difficulties, communication issues, conflict resolution)
  • Relationships
  • Addiction (porn, sex, drug and alcohol)
  • Sexual dysfunction (including anorgasmia, vaginismus, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Gender and Sexual identity
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling
  • Post Termination Counselling
  • Adolescent Counselling
  • Eating Disorders

Emily is passionate about working in the area of sexual health as it affects so many aspects of our lives, and the human condition. Emily is respectful to the sensitive nature of working in sexual health, and places a great deal of emphasis on creating a safe, confidential environment and building trust.

Emily believes the relationship between Therapist and Client is central to the work, and that there is no 'one size fits all' approach, that clients will have different needs based on their presenting issues and history.

Emily's approach also stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. When working over a longer term basis, 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 working with 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 worked for Sexual and Reproductive Health WA, a clinic specialising in all areas of sexual health.

To contact Emily:

Telephone: 0406 076 887
Email: emilyhirshman@gmail.com



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