Individual Therapy

Seeking help or need someone to talk to? Embrace Wellness Hub is a wellness service offering a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions and assessments, including one-on-one, individual therapy. Embrace’s registered, qualified psychologists work in a holistic and trauma-informed manner and recognise each client is unique and thus has individual needs. Currently located in Manly West at the Silky Oaks main campus, Embrace is proud to serve its community and provides services to people of all ages, genders, sexualities, and cultural backgrounds.

Each psychologist brings their own skill set, area of expertise and model of practice. Part of our success is ensuring we match client need with the most appropriate practitioner where possible. Embrace psychologists are registered allied mental health professionals that are skilled to provide support and intervention for the following issues and concerns:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Grief and Loss

  • Trauma

  • Parenting and Attachment

  • Emotional, Social and Behavioural Concerns in Children and Young People

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Self-Esteem

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • University/School Issues

  • Pain Management 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • Other Issues 

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Embrace Psychologists offer 1 on 1 (individual) therapy sessions which focus on achieving set goals as agreed upon by the psychologist and client.

The Embrace team consists of highly qualified and experienced professionals committed to delivering current, evidence-based therapeutic interventions within a client-centred framework and using a range of modalities. The team specialise in working with children and young people who have experienced harm, neglect and trauma.


No matter who you are or where you have come from, our psychologists endeavour to meet the needs of our community by offering a broad range of therapeutic approaches and interventions, which include:

  • Attachment and trauma informed therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Creative arts therapies (art, drama, music, dance/movement and sand play therapy)

  • Animal Assisted Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


After Hours & Emergency Support

Please note, Embrace Wellness Hub is not an emergency response service. If you or someone you know needs immediate support or help, please contact emergency services on 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

A list of other support services can be accessed here.

Animal-assisted therapy

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) involves the use of animals as a form of treatment with a goal to improve a patient’s emotional, social or cognitive functioning. It is a treatment based upon building a bond with an animal, usually a dog, through interaction and play. It is intentional and therapeutic.

Embrace is lucky enough to have therapy dog Noodle as part of the team. Noodle helps psychologist Jingal support clients by bringing a playful yet calming element into sessions. Noodle is a ball of energy! He loves getting pats and scratches on his back and when he is calm, likes getting tummy rubs.

Meet therapy dog, Noodle!


Single-incident and complex trauma

Single incident trauma can occur when a person is exposed to a 'one off' event and is commonly associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Complex trauma describes exposure to multiple traumas, along with the impacts of those exposures.


Embrace Wellness Hub has practitioners that are equipped with the skills and training to assist a large number of people who present with both single incident and complex trauma. Embrace is fortunate to offer clients two effective therapy approaches to survivors of trauma, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Animal Assisted Therapy.

You can read more about our psychologists and their speciality areas here.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is one of the most effective and thoroughly researched clinical methods used in the treatment of trauma. Most of the time, a person's body routinely manages new information and experiences without them being aware of it. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and the person is traumatised by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), their natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. 


During trauma, our brain can process and store memories incorrectly. This incorrect storage can lead to past memories feeling very present. Related or unrelated stimuli in the present can lead to a person reacting as they did at the time of trauma as the brain feels like the past disturbing event is currently happening. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. A person's ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can therefore become inhibited. EMDR therapy helps create the connections between the brain’s memory networks, enabling it to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way. It corrects this mis-storage so that the painful memories associated with the trauma lose their impact, often meaning clients can react to stimuli in the present without the past interfering. 


EMDR uses a body-based technique called 'bilateral simulation' during which the therapist will guide the client through eye movements in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain. This will typically involve the client being asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory and then required to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across their visual field. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects in a person's life.


If you have acquired a physical or psychological injury at work or in the course of carrying out your work, you may require the services and support of a psychologist as part of your recovery.

Each WorkCover claim is decided based on your specific circumstances and information obtained. WorkCover may refer you to a psychologist once your claim has been approved. Sessions are often time-limited and the number of sessions is determined by your WorkCover representative after assessing your claim. For successful claims, WorkCover will cover the cost of your session/s with an Embrace psychologist.


For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us.

Accessibility for Clients in Regional, Rural or Remote Areas of Australia

For the majority of our clients, individual therapy sessions are conducted in person at our Embrace clinic in Manly, Qld. For clients living in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia, it can be difficult to access suitable health professionals to meet their mental health needs. Embrace offers therapy sessions via teleconference (typically via Skype) to eligible clients. Please view question '10' on our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information to see if you qualify for sessions via teleconferencing.

Group Therapy

Embrace Wellness Hub offers group therapy programs throughout the year for children, adolescents and adults. Group therapy is a great way to broaden your range of psychological treatment with the support and motivation of peers. Our group numbers are kept small, generally consisting of 6-10 participants.

Under the Better Access Initiative, individuals may be eligible for 10 individual and 10 group Medicare rebateable therapy sessions each calendar year. To be eligible for a rebate for a group session, you will require a referral from your GP (under a Mental Health Treatment Plan) or a referral from your treating Psychiatrist or Pediatrician.

For a list of dates and fees, please contact the Embrace reception on (07) 3906 8888 or email

Education & Training

Embrace Wellness Hub believes a well-educated and appropriately trained workforce or leadership group is pertinent for developing effective and resilient teams. Training can also help reduce staff turnover rates and improve job satisfaction. As a result, Embrace provides professional development opportunities through education and training to schools, other learning institutes, businesses and organisations. We provide customised small and large group workshops and training. 


With your consultation, we can develop a program relevant to your operational or business needs. Some areas we can assist with include:

  • Trauma and attachment

  • Resilience building, including dealing with critical incidents

  • Stress and anxiety management

  • Mental health first aid

  • Conflict resolution

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Change management


As we tailor workshops and trainings to suit our client’s needs, sessions may run for a couple of hours, half-day, or for full-day. 


Please contact us on (07) 3906 8888 to discuss how we can assist your organisation’s needs.

Successful Work Team