Emma Toone

Emma Toone

Practice Development Consultant, Child-Parent Psychotherapy
Berry Street

Bachelor of Health Science - Naturopathy
Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies
Master of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Emma Toone is a child psychotherapist who consults within private practice and Berry Street. She teaches psychoanalytic and child development theories in the Department of Psychiatry at Monash University and contributes to public policy advocacy for infants and children in her roles with Berry Street and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health. Emma is a member of the Victorian Child Psychotherapy Association, the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia and the Australian and World Associations for Infant Mental Health.

In Berry Street, Emma has led the development of the Turtle Program, which provides therapeutic intervention for infants, children and their mothers after family violence. She prepared the Berry Street supplementary submission and provided evidence to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence on the therapeutic needs of infants and children experiencing dynamic family violence risk. Other Berry Street roles have included providing early childhood mental health consultation to the Early Learning is Fun (ELF) initiative and working in Take Two.

As an Associate of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Emma is completing a literature review of international best practice for father-inclusion in children’s relational repair after violence; and is a clinical advisor on a Child-Parent Psychotherapy feasibility study for women and children affected by violence, being designed by researchers from the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.