About Dr. Emily O'Leary.
Dr. Emily O’Leary, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Emily O’Leary is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ experience. With a BA Honors in Psychology, a PhD in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, Emily is now called upon to guest lecture at universities on anxiety, and present her research at both national and international conferences.
Emily provides training and supervision to other psychologists throughout the world and is an ad hoc reviewer for a number of international psychology journals.
Dr. Emily O’Leary is best known for her groundbreaking work in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. Emily works with attention to detail, while remaining totally real and relatable in her approach to sharing valuable information and resources with her clients.
As director and co-director of four treatment clinics, Emily practices her belief in the significance of incorporating a strong family focus and including loved ones as an important part of treatment. She is the founder and director / co-director of numerous clinics which focus in the diagnosis, care and treatment of OCD and Anxiety:
Aside from her work as a Clinical Psychologist, Principal Researcher and Director at her clinics, Dr. Emily is a popular speaker across worldwide radio, online and print media, including ABC Radio, ACA, Today Tonight and the Courier Mail. As a regular columnist for Mindfood, Dr. Emily is committed to raising awareness of the complexity of health conditions such as OCD and Anxiety and shares the success she’s had with her evidence-based treatments. She has been described as a charismatic and engaging presenter, who pulls no punches when delivering lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.
Dr. Emily is a:.
Through upholding her mission to empower clients to overcome their health challenges with support and respect, Dr. Emily has produced a membership service to allow patients affordable, regular access to her tools and techniques. Her philosophy is that it is better to learn the tools before you need them rather than wait for an issue to occur. Emily’s hopes this online membership model will help as many people as possible to make positive meaningful changes in their lives.
Emily is a creative leader providing strategies designed to optimise training for mental health professionals. She encourages a “bring it on” mindset to business development and life. As the Clinical Director of four psychology clinics and a consultancy company, Emily walks the talk and is passionate about sharing her expertise by providing strategies to:
- Build leadership and management skills
- Develop skills in evidence-based treatment for anxiety/OCD
- Build resilience and a can-do mindset
- Optimise performance through training and support
In addition to her consultancy work, Emily has also completed the largest study into OCD in New Zealand. She is passionate about promoting evidence-based treatment for adults with OCD through workshops, research, and clinical practice.
listen to Dr Emily in episode 237. In this episode we chat about her therapy story, her research, bringing humour and authenticity into the treatment of OCD, metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), ERP sticking points/challenges, OCD content vs OCD process, avoiding pitfalls of circular arguments,
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What do others say about Emily?.
I recently had the pleasure of having a one-on-one workshop with Emily for her ’10 Step Workbook for Adults with OCD’. Emily presented the workshop in an engaging manner with compassion and a high degree of professionalism. The workshop was well structured, clinically relevant and filled with practical ways to engage with clients. The workbook itself is easy to follow, without too much jargon and I believe a real asset for any client wanting to manage their symptoms. It was very clear from talking to Emily the high level of expertise she has in this area and her passion for treatment. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone with an interest in OCD.
MAPSNorth (founder) & Lead Psychologist Australian Institute of Sport
Emily O'Leary has translated her skill into engaging presentations and training programs. She's not to be missed!
CEO & Editor-in-Chief MINDFOOD
Clinical psychologist Dr Emily O’Leary’s ground-breaking work in the areas of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders has seen her create five different treatment clinics as director and co-director in Queensland, Australia. This hands-on health practitioner’s belief in a strong family focus as part of treatment has seen Emily as guest speaker in different markets across the world and a constant voice in media, in television, online and print. This engaging professional creates content that is accessible for professionals and those interested in the field of psychology. Empowering clients and giving them effective tools in their busy lives, Emily‘s writing is both accessible and engaging, utilising her many years of experience as a hands on professional.
Psychotherapists, Educator, Host – Talking Life 96five Brisbane
When it comes to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), whether it is for a referral or community education or to be a guest on radio, Dr Emily O'Leary is my go-to person. Emily has an incredible depth of knowledge matched with passion for people to understand and recover from OCD. She is a clear communicator as well as a delight to engage with.
I attended the workshop on ‘Effective Use of Behavioural Experiments in Adults with OCD’ presented by Dr Emily O’Leary at the 2019 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference. The workshop was well structured and the material was of the highest relevance and value for my practice as a clinical psychologist working within a district health board. The presentation clearly achieved its objectives of providing participants with an improved understanding of conceptualising clients with OCD, and developing confidence in the development and execution of behavioural experiments to best reflect the clients individual needs. It was clear from the presentation and from the interactions with workshop participants that Dr O’Leary has an exceptionally high level of expertise in the area of OCD. Further to this, Dr O’Leary presented the material with a high degree of professionalism, compassion and warmth.
Dr Emily O'Leary has been a most generous presenter to the Indooroopilly Mental Health Professional Network (MHPN). She has presented on different aspects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at two of our evenings to very appreciative audiences. When we advertise that Dr O'Leary will be speaking we always receive a very enthusiastic response and the room is full. Not only Psychologists but GPs, Social Workers, Teachers and other professionals attend to increase their knowledge and skills. She is the consummate professional - bringing a comprehensive slide presentation and handouts and is always willing to send a copy of her presentation to attendees which they value very much.
Emily is an amazing speaker. She has a warm and engaging delivery and is keen to answer questions through out the presentation. She is able to deliver a valuable workshop on a serious topic full of information presented with empathy and humour. Her extensive knowledge and skills are evident in her workshops and her take home messages make a difference in peoples lives. Emily is professional and well presented. I would highly recommend attending any workshop that she presents.
Years Clinical Experience
PhD on OCD in New Zealand