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Dr Nicol Thomas

Dr Nicol Thomas

Mobile 0432 221 027

Dr Nicol Thomas

Mobile 0432 221 027

I am a Lacanian psychoanalyst. Lacan's psychoanalysis is based in the idea that the unconscious is structured like language. What you say reveals the unconscious processes that underlie any issues that are problematic for you, or recur. Recurring problems especially, are well resolved when you work within the realms of psychoanalysis. I believe that psychoanalysis offers a way of working through issues that is radically different to many modern modalities.


  • 31 Hoddle St, Elsternwick, Melbourne VIC 3185 0432 221 027 PHONE 0432 221 027


  • Psychoanalysis, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • I offer Lacanian psychoanalysis, which is a form of talking therapy that aims to explore the unconscious. This is a means of long-term work that aims towards an absolute difference. The work we do is for the subject, and is specific to each one who enters the work.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Communication Issues, Depression, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Intimacy Issues, Migrant Issues, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Freudian, Psychoanalytic

    Lacanian psychoanalysis.


    • PhD Victoria University - 2003 - Victoria University
    • MA (Psychoanalysis) - 2017 - Victoria University
    • Registered Practicing Psychoanalyst - 2021 - Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis
    • Member of the School, International of Forums - 2018 - IF-SPFLF

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis

    Quality Provision

    I am a Registered Practicing Analyst with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis. I have 11 years of clinical practice that includes ongoing peer supervision. I regularly present at clinical seminars and conferences both in Australia and internationally.


    I am a psychoanalyst in private practice. I have worked at St John of God Hospital's mental health outreach program, Pomegranate House. I am a Registered Practicing Analyst with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis, and regularly participate in clinical seminars and conferences. I am also a member for the Forum of Melbourne of the International of Forums: School of Psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Field and a Member of the School of the IF-SPFLF, which is an international body of psychoanalysis of the Lacanian Field. I have ten years of clinical experience.


    Monday through Friday.
    After hours availability.

    Transport and Parking

    Ample street parking.
    Tram route 67, stop at corner of Kooyong Rd and Glenhuntly Rd.
    nearest train station is Elsternwick on the Sandringham line, five minutes walk from station.


    My base fee is $100 per session.
    I have a sliding scale for concessions and hardship cases.

    Payment Options

    Cash, cheque, electronic banking transfer


  • English
  • German

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    10 Questions with Nicol Thomas

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • The intrinsic quality that each subject has something to say that needs to be witnessed and heard. The idea and feeling that one's voice could be buried under layers of categories, diagnoses and prescriptive 'cures' does not reach at the heart of one's individual pain and circumstances. To actually be heard as yourself is a liberation; also, to come to know that one is responsible for one's own 'health' is also a liberation. The work of listening to the subject--one by one--is very important to me.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The practice of psychoanalysis as explored by Jacques Lacan, whilst difficult to understand, helped me learn that there is no 'ONE' approach to life and living; that we each need to find our 'philosophy' one by one. That this journey via psychoanalysis is certainly not easy, but it can change everything.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • In Lacanian terms, what we experience as anxiety, pain, shame, is termed 'jouissance'. (Of course this is a simple explanation, but it will do for now.) What interests me is the way that the subject can come to an analysis, be witnessed, come to feel safe with their jouissance, which clears the way to take up an absolutely different position to that jouissance. This is life changing.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Lacanian psychoanalysis. This is a talking therapy that is based in Freudian psychoanalysis. The aim is for a therapeutic alliance, as the analysand takes responsibility for their own work and working through. I, as your analyst, work with you as you explore the vicissitudes of your own unconscious world.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • There is no time allocated to this process; some analysands feel better after the first session when they can just talk. Keeping on talking is a journey that produces many affects; each affect needs to be explored. Sometimes when the analysand feels 'worse' it means that their unconscious is producing the correct expressions for them, and this needs to be worked on in the clinic with me. But towards the end of an analysis, what constitutes 'progress' is a different position to jouissance.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • There are three parts of a Lacanian training; theoretical studies, supervision of one's cases, and one's own personal psychoanalysis. A Lacanian analyst has already grappled with their unconscious in order to better work with their analysands and thus not get caught up in a transference that badly effects the work. For me, this makes the analyst much more open to witnessing, analysing and working with the analysand.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Working with people, listening to my analysands, really hearing what each unique subject says. Taking part in the journey of unfolding as each analysand works through their unconscious world.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • All. The. Time.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Reduction and eradication of our basic subjectivity; that each one of us is unique. This generalization of people leads to some of the ideologies of hate that is so problematic. As though basic humanism is being forgotten or destroyed.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I love Nick Cave's work, also Björk. I am very inspired by the music of Hawaii as well.
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    Dr Nicol Thomas

    Nicol Thomas


    My interest in and practice of psychoanalysis stems from my deep inquiry into humans--our selves--as unique subjects within the framework of the social world that we are born into. Rather than applying ourselves to categories, or diagnoses, psychoanalysis aims to find where we are in position to the demands that the world at large imposes onto us. The human unconscious is radically unique to each of us. The psychoanalytic space is the place to explore you as the very kernel of you....

    • Elsternwick
    • Freudian, Psychoanalytic