An exploration of self can open the door to a whole new world of possibilities…



Our emotions tell a story, they direct our actions.  But unless we are aware of how they influence what we do, they can often get in the way.

Talking Emotions helps you listen. Not only to the story that comes from your head, but also to what your body has to say. Developing greater awareness of your emotional experience and the skills to manage it can be the springboard to creating healthier relationships with self and others, and lead to a more productive life.

Director, Louise Cooper, established Talking Emotions to provide an arena where emotions take centre stage.

Let’s start the conversation.



Talking Emotions offers individual counselling for adults and adolescents. Our South Yarra and Fitzroy locations have excellent access to public transport and a variety of parking options.

Talking Emotions can help with:

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Sexuality and gender

  • Chronic illness

Medicare and private health insurance rebated sessions are available. The fee for a 50-minute, individual session is $180. Talking Emotions practitioners and associates are trained in Emotion Focused Therapy as well as other specialised modalities.

Talking Emotions provides LGBTI inclusive practice. 



Talking Emotions offers presentations and workshops for professional development and to assist in promoting well-being in the workplace. 

  • Mental health in the workplace

  • LGBTIQ inclusiveness (for health professionals and workplaces)

  • Managing Stress & Anxiety

  • Psychosocial aspects of Parkinson's Disease

Talking Emotions can tailor a program to meet your specific needs.



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Dr Louise Cooper
Director of Talking Emotions

South Yarra and Fitzroy

Louise is an experienced presenter, facilitator, counsellor and supervisor. She establishes collaborative working relationships with clients, engendering mutual respect and a celebration of individuality. She believes that each individual necessarily needs to be encouraged to take responsibility for change in their lives and endeavours to foster a nurturing and supportive environment where challenges can be approached in safety.

Louise hopes to assist individual clients in gaining meaning from the past, an ability to live in the present, and hope for the future.

When working with groups, Louise draws from her experience as an actor and broadcaster to skillfully engage people in stories and metaphor that facilitate learning.

Louise is a former co-ordinator of group programs at the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) and practitioner at Drummond Street Services Queerspace. She is an AHPRA registered supervisor, an internationally accredited supervisor in Emotion Focused Therapy, and Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.

Contact Louise

Talking Emotions associates are practitioners in Emotion Focused Therapy as well as other approaches.

Charlotte Cunningham

Charlotte Cunningham


Charlotte is a registered psychologist who has a background in acting and literature studies, and an enduring fascination with the human condition. Drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches, Charlotte works within a collaborative, person-centred, humanistic framework, both guiding and being guided by her clients. Ultimately, she is committed to supporting clients in exploring, understanding and integrating their lived experience so that they may develop authentic and meaningful lives.

Charlotte has worked in public, private and not-for-profit mental health services, providing both group and individual support. She has extensive experience working with addictions, and with people 16 + who experience personality disorders, eating disorders, developmental and post-traumatic stress, anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Charlotte is also passionate about the journey through grief and loss, and challenging life transitions.

Contact Charlotte on 0403 828 431 for more information.

Laura Kemppainen


Laura works with children (5+), adolescents and adults.  Laura worked in a family/community mental health organisations prior to entering private practice and specialised in addiction and trauma. She has also worked for an LGBTIQ + specific service. Laura has a warm and client-centered style and works collaboratively with clients to create and work on meaningful treatment goals believing strongly in the importance of listening and clients being heard in therapy. Laura combines evidence-based interventions including emotion-focused and person-centered therapy. With children and families she combines play with talking therapy and practical interventions (including liaising with schools).  Laura works with a anxiety, depression, general mental health issues, trauma, relationship & attachment issues, grief & loss, sexuality & gender identity, and issues with adjustment and substance use. !

Visit Laura Kemppainen’s website or call 0432 867 845 for more information.

Immogen O'Connor

Immogen O'Connor

South Yarra and Fitzroy

Immogen works from a humanistic, client-centered and emotion focused perspective to assist people in understanding and healing their emotional system. She facilitates a safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic space for people to share and explore their most sensitive and difficult issues. Immogen works with adolescents (12+) as well as adults and has a particular interest in working with addictive and/or compulsive behaviours, pain and trauma and childhood sexual abuse.

Visit the Head to Heart Psychology website or contact Immogen at or on 0438 071 109 for more information.

Colleen Reilly

Colleen Reilly
Psychotherapist and Couples Counsellor

South Yarra

Colleen Reilly offers individuals and couples counselling and psychotherapy in a supportive and healing environment. Her special interest, and training, is in couple and relationship therapy.

By providing an empathetic, fair and non-judgmental space to work through personal issues, Colleen helps her clients with concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss and grief, parenting, and stress management.

Visit the Purple Heart Counselling website or call 0413 542 653 for more information.

Ash White

Ash White
Psychologist & Psychotherapist

South Yarra

Ash aims to help people to understand themselves, navigate relationships, perceive the world more clearly, and discover meaning in life as well as find their own innate resources to cope and to heal.

He starts by treating clients as unique individuals, no cookie-cutter therapy approaches. In collaboration with clients, he comes up with ways that are tailor-made for specific problems, circumstances, and personal strengths. His special areas of experience are perfectionism, facing terminal illness, and adjustment after military service or after leaving religion.

Visit the Mosaic Psychology website for call 0449 256 255 for more information.



Phone 0408 051 290

Talking Emotions South Yarra
Suite 208, 122 Toorak Road
South Yarra VIC 3141

Talking Emotions Fitzroy
Level 1, 411 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

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