Emma Cholakians

Emma Cholakians – Psychologist/Director

Emma’s Work as a Therapist

Emma is a registered Psychologist in Melbourne with a strong interest in helping individuals and couples flourish and have more rewarding relationships.

With her passion for working with couples, Emma helps you understand each other better, recognise and enhance your strengths, resolve conflict, break free of old patterns, and communicate more effectively.

Emma uses a client-centered approach, which means her clients’ needs, desires, and goals are of utmost importance. Her counselling work focuses on providing her clients with nurturance, education, collaboration, and research-based counselling methods.

Growing up between Middle Eastern and European cultures has shown Emma the influence culture has on relationship dynamics. The family unit has such a strong influence on the connection, happiness, and development of its members.

Being the parent of a toddler has taught Emma the importance of continuing to foster a close and loving connection with her partner despite the distractions a young child can bring into a relationship.

Experience and Training as a Psychologist

Emma has experience in private, not for profit, and public sectors, providing both short and long-term treatment for a range of relationship and mental health problems.

Emma has worked with various types of couples helping to foster more desirable and satisfying relationships. Couples have included same and opposite-sex couples, young couples, couples who are pregnant, couples in business, etc.

In couples therapy, Emma has helped her clients with secrets that have caused damage, including secrets such as infidelity (including cybersex). She also has experience with couples stuck in conflict; those with addiction issues; couples stressed by life transitions, financial issues, parenting conflicts, lifestyle differences; and those with conflicts in the extended family.

Emma is trained in several therapies that have been shown to help couples improve their relationships. These include the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Schema Therapy for Couples, and Relationship Therapy Methodologies developed by the Hart Centre.

All of these couples therapy methods help you become more aware of your problems, reduce your reactions to one another, and help you resolve differences. The goal is to help you connect more deeply with one another so you can have a more rewarding and lasting relationship.

Emma is bilingual (English and Armenian).

Therapy Credentials and Professional Memberships

Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major), Monash University; Melbourne

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Bond University; Gold Coast

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Monash University; Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, Cairnmillar Institute; Melbourne

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, MWT; Melbourne

Member of Australian Psychological Society

Emma is a dedicated therapist who loves helping individuals and couples create relationships that meet their needs and bring them joy.

Contact Emma to book your counselling appointment by phone at 1300 784 184 or emailing her at emma@couplesmelbourne.com