A health psychology practice igniting the connection between body and mind

a health psychology practice igniting the connection between body and mind.

Dr Emily Macvean is the founder of Embody Psychology. A genuinely passionate Health Psychologist, Emily connects the intrinsic but often undervalued link between our physical and psychological wellbeing.

Emily honours an individual's strength and trust with non-judgemental intervention programs that compassionately share skill acquisition. She uses a flexible combination of evidenced-based approaches designed to support adults and young adults embody the life values they wish to live.

Emily is proud to offer appointments at the all-encompassing Western Health Collective in West Footscray and can be contacted below. Medicare and Health Fund rebates are available.




Dr Emily Macvean
Health Psychologist

Dr Emily Macvean is the founder of Embody Psychology. Emily helps individuals understand their whole selves, body and mind, so their health and relationships can truly thrive, in spite of physical set-backs and ongoing challenges.

Emily co-majored in Psychology and Psychophysiology at Swinburne University, and after obtaining first class honours, she was awarded a full scholarship to complete a Doctorate of Psychology (Health) at Deakin University. Her doctoral qualitative research investigated Australian specialists' attitudes and practices of organ donation, which was recently published in a high impact, international SAGE scientific journal: Journal of Health Psychology

Emily is a Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists and a member of the Australian Psychological Society with a Health Psychology endorsement. She maintains a commitment to excellence through researching best-practice techniques and her strong understanding of health psychology, clinical psychology, attachment, physiology, neurology, endocrinology, pharmacology and psychoneuroimmunology.

In addition to private clinical work, Emily has nearly a decade of multidisciplinary team experience in pain management and chronic illness hospital units, rehabilitation units, community health settings and university lecturing.


  • 2007-2010 Doctorate of Psychology (Health)

  • 2002 Bachelor of Science – Psychophysiology Honours (First Class)

  • 1997-2001 Bachelor of Arts – Psychology/Psychophysiology


  • Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)

  • Member of Australian Psychological Society


Health Psychology

Embody Psychology specialises in clinical health psychology, a field of psychology that focuses on the overlap between biological, psychological, social and emotional aspects of health and disease, and how to better understand and treat this crucial intersection.

While an established offering in many public hospital psychology units, private health psychology services are much harder to find. This prompted Emily to establish Embody Psychology, located in her beloved Inner West. Incidents of chronic illness are rising, but so is life expectancy. To maximise our quality of life, there has never been a more important time for health psychology in Australia.

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Health psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and health to promote general well-being and understand physical illness.

They are specially trained to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness as well as supporting people who are chronically ill.

Health psychologists promote healthier lifestyles and try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health.
— The British Psychological Society

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Emily honours an individual's strength and trust with compassionate intervention programs. Drawing on her training (seven years tertiary), expertise and passion for physiology, Emily assists adults and young adults so they may embody the life values they wish to live, especially when faced with ongoing challenges such as:

  • chronic conditions such as PCOS, diabetes, IBS, HIV, autoimmune conditions

  • life-threatening illness such as cancer and other progressive diseases

  • anxiety

  • health phobias and panic

  • chronic pain management including TMJ, post-surgical programs

  • depression

  • weight management

  • stress management

  • grief and loss

  • body image concerns and disordered eating

  • assertiveness training

  • alcohol and other substance use

  • life transition and adjustment issues

  • other specialised adjustment conditions such as organ transplantation.

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Working collaboratively at all times, Emily uses a flexible combination of humanistic and only evidenced-based approaches, including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Graded Exposure Therapy for panic and phobia.



Emily offers appointments on Wednesday and Thursday at the Western Health Collective in West Footscray. For more information and bookings please call (03) 9687 5670 on weekdays between 8am and 8pm.

Medicare and health fund rebates are available.