Dr Emma Nicholls

Dr Emma Nicholls2020-07-28T15:13:24+10:00
Clinical Psychologist Emma Nicholls

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist with strengths working with complex trauma, PTSD, Emotional instability and Borderline Personality Disorder. Emma’s therapeutic style is collaborative and warm, and she tailors treatment to focus on the client’s personal goals. She works from a place of empathy, support and patience, with treatment that is often long-term in nature depending on the needs of the individual. Emma works with older adolescents, adults, and occasionally does family and couples work as needed.

Emma’s aim is to support clients using the most up to date evidence-based treatments to assist in gaining awareness and a sense of self-efficacy in managing mental health issues and improving life satisfaction. She is committed to gaining an understanding of client’s inner worlds, their thought processes, emotional experiences, and behaviour patterns. In taking the time to gain a deep understanding of these issues, therapy can focus on creating change that will lead to positive and life-affirming outcomes. Emma’s clients can expect her to be attuned with them in sessions, to feel heard, and to work collaboratively at their pace.

Emma is best known for her work with complex issues and her use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Her strong interest and commitment to understanding the complexity of humans and psychological issues has led her to study a range of therapy modalities and techniques. Emma has undertaken specialised training in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mentalisation-Based Therapy.

Similarly, she has extensive training and experience treating a range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Stress management
  • Depression & mood disorders
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex Trauma
  • Emotional instability and/or dysregulation
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Personality disorders, in particular Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Self-harm
  • Substance use and addiction issues

Professional associations

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society