May Shum

May Shum

Registered Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS

BA (Psychology), Grad Dip Psychology, Grad Dip Applied Psychology

Ring to ScheduleBridges CounsellingSydney(02) 9683 1444

May has been providing psychological therapy since 2010, spanning across private practices, an immigration detention centre, an employee assistance program, non-profit organisations, hospitals and schools. Being a psychologist and a mother of young children, May has a special interest supporting parents experiencing depression and anxiety during pregnancy and early parenthood.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Adult Counselling

  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including social anxiety, panic attacks, stress management
  • Conflict management
  • Coping with emotions including shame, grief and anger
  • Cross-cultural and migrant issues
  • Depression (eg. feeling down/hopeless, sleep difficulties etc)
  • Family difficulties
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Prenatal and Postnatal anxiety and depression
  • Relationship issues including conflict and domestic violence
  • Self-harm and suicidality
  • Trauma and abuse counselling
  • Work related issues

Adolescent Counselling

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Behavioural challenges for adolescents
  • Body image issues
  • Bullying (eg. physical, verbal, online etc)
  • Career path confusion
  • Grief and Loss
  • Exam stress, study skills and preparation
  • Family difficulties
  • Friendship and dating issues
  • Resilience and confidence building
  • School issues
  • Self-esteem, confidence and assertive communication
  • Self-harm and suicidality

How I Approach Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a psychologist, I love connecting with clients, helping them to build their resilience and self-efficacy as they learn to better cope with the challenges of life. I value being able to listen well to what is important to each person as we work together on how to achieve their individual goals. I am passionate about helping adults and adolescents feel empowered, confident and hopeful.

No matter how difficult a problem is, it is definitely possible to find meaningful ways to bounce back from it and increase your resilience.

I am dedicated to providing therapy that allows my client to feel safe, hopeful and respected. It is important that my client knows I value their thoughts, feelings and decisions. We will work together to find solutions to problems. We will try different strategies to bring meaningful and positive changes that are desired by the client.

A combination of therapies is used and will be influenced by the unique needs and goals of each client. Such therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Additionally, I see the importance of exploring my client’s personal strengths and combining that with strategies to help them experience a more resilient and optimistic way of approaching life.

Professional Memberships


My fee is $180 for a 50-60 minute therapy session.

I am Medicare accredited with clients who have a Mental Health Care Plan obtained from their General Practitioner. The Medicare rebate is $87.45 per session for 6 to 20 sessions per calendar year.

If you are having financial difficulties, concessions may be available.

Private health claiming may be available for most private health funds, so please check with your fund before our first session.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies