Dr Emma Nicholls

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist with particular strengths working with:

Complex trauma and PTSD

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Emotional instability

Borderline Personality Disorder



If you are struggling with complex trauma, PTSD, intense emotions or have been told you may have Borderline Personality Disorder, then Emma would be a perfect match for you! She is passionate about these difficulties and using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Emma is available Mondays and Wednesdays (including evenings)


More about Emma –

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.  Her goal is to help each individual develop the tools and insights that will enable you to live the life you wish to live.

Treatment Approaches

Therapy with Emma can include practical skills, psycho-education, and in-depth therapeutic processes to understand psychological and emotional processes. Her 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. Emma 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 expert her to be attuned with them in sessions, to feel heard, and to work collaboratively at their pace.

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

Emma shines when working with complex issues. She is best known for her work with complex issues 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. She uses her sound clinical judgment and experience to incorporate these as needed in treatment. She is passionate about helping people to understand and experience their emotions, gain distress tolerance skills, mindfulness practice, and interpersonal skills.

Presenting issues 

Emma works with older adolescents and adults, and occasionally does family and couples work as needed. She has extensive training and experience treating a range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety disorders and stress management
  • Depression & mood disorder
  • Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 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

Qualifications and experience 

B.A (Psych), PG.Dip.Psych, D.Psych (Clinical), Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Emma completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community and acute mental health services, the specialist service for the treatment of personality disorders (Spectrum), drug and alcohol treatment services, and in private practice.  Her work with a specialist government service in Victoria included the development and evaluation of psychological treatment programs for BPD and complex trauma, and included both group and individual treatment. She has extensive experience working with complex mental health issues, as well as individuals going through difficult life events and transitions.


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