The Hart Centre is passionate about creating healthy loving relationships, of all kinds.
Our mission is to be the most highly regarded relationship help service in Australia, by delivering a comprehensive range of the highest quality relationship and marriage counselling and advice, and books and products to educate and enhance client’s relationships. To have every client who comes through our doors leave feeling listened to, understood, and educated on how to build a better relationship with their partner, while at the same time bringing out the best in themselves.
We are proud to have been in operation for 18 years in Australia. We have our own in-house relationship counselling training program, and on-going professional development program, and are constantly seeking best practice methodologies.
With our specialized experience in relationship and marriage counselling, together with our caring, compassionate and unbiased approach, you are in safe and experienced hands.
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Grad Dip Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych, B Ed, Dip Teach, AMAPS
Director of The Hart Centre
Julie has been a private practicing Psychologist for 24 years and because of her great passion for relationships, she has specialised in relationship counselling for the majority of that time. Previously she worked as a Remedial Teacher for Catholic Education for 18 years.
With her caring and compassionate nature, and unbiased and non-judgemental approach, she can give couples insight into what dynamics are operating in their relationship that are creating the difficulties, and then help with how to overcome them with strategies on how to communicate how they’re feeling, listen more effectively, and make changes to behaviours that are creating problems.
The first session is a very important session, as a couple is often feeling very worried about their relationship and unsure about whether seeking help will resolve their problem. In the first session Julie listens very carefully to each partner and can then give some insight into why their relationship “dance” has developed the way that is has, with ideas of what strategies will help. For most couples, even though there is more work to do, they can feel that what’s happening between them is now more understandable and there is hope for the future.
Most couples come away pleased that they have been taken this proactive step in learning more about their relationship, and how they can create more mutual happiness as well as have an active, vital and fulfilling sex life.
Julie has helped over 3000 couples create a happier relationship over the more than 20 years she has been working in the field.
Julie has also studied widely on Narcissism and Narcissistic traits and offers help and support to those who need support in dealing with and managing these in both themselves and their partners. She also specialises in relationships where one or both partners has Asperger’s/ ASD.
In addition, she has worked with couples overcoming the impact of an affair, resolving long standing arguments, reconnecting after growing apart, improving their communication, reviving their sex life, managing parenting issues and issues with their extended family.
In her Relationship studies, Julie has trained in Family Systems Theory (with David Schnarch and Ellen Badin), Emotional Focus Therapy (with Jenny Fitzgerald), the Gottman Institute, Relational Life Therapy (with Terry Real), A.C.T (with Russ Harris), the Enneagram (The Enneagram Institute, U.S with Don Riso & Russ Hudson) along with attending the Couples Conferences in the US.
In Sexual issues Julie has trained with David Schnarch (The Sexual Crucible), David Deida (Sacred Intimacy), Barry McCarthy (Good Enough Sex Model) and Sandra Pertot (Australia’ pre-eminent Clinical Psychologist and Sex Therapist).
Brendan is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and trained mediator, having specialised in marriage and relationship counselling over the last 13 years.
He has had vast experience in marriage preparation, communication training and conflict strategies. Brendan can share with you some insights into what dynamics are at work that can impede you from having the relationship you really desire.
Brendan also works with his clients in the treating of: depression (especially in the context of a relationship), anxiety, PTSD, narcissism, panic disorder, sleep hygiene, anger management and family counselling.
Brendan is enthusiastic, warm and engaging and he values highly the importance of a constructive, nurturing and intimate relationship.
Ruth provides relationship counselling in Brisbane. Ruth’s experience as a registered psychologist incorporates a broad range of human resource, organisational development and health services to both the public and private sectors. Her established practice of psychology promotes growth in the face of adversity through relationship transformation, building resilience to stress, managing marital distress, anxiety and feelings of depression. Ruth’s interest in relationship counselling stimulates her involvement in associated professional development activities, thereby enhancing her practice of psychology when working with couples.
Ruth believes the most important ingredient of any relationship is a shared sense of trust. Trust is the foundation for reliability, dependability, honesty, good faith and intimacy. Her approach to couples counselling explores how to transform impasses in relationships into opportunities for insight, inspiration and growth. Are you being the best you can be?
In addition to appointments for Relationship Counselling & Marriage Counselling, Ruth is also available for Pre-Marriage Counselling, Anger Management, Porn Addiction Counselling, Narcissism Counselling, and Phone and Skype Counselling.
Leanne has been a registered psychologist since 2009. She specialises in relationship counselling, and also has experience working with a vast array of issues, ranging from addiction, anxiety and depression to trauma and eating disorders. She enjoys working with adults as well as children. Leanne firmly believes that what happens within a relationship can impact more than just the couple, as such it is important to put in that effort to make positive and loving change. Leanne also sees clients who are experiencing sexual difficulties, including low libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Leanne’s focus is on allowing the individual and couple to express their needs in a safe and nurturing environment. Her method of counselling includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing, often integrating the three to achieve the best outcome based on individual needs.
When working with couples Leanne likes to consider the whole family environment, and will occasionally see the couple individually to work on issues that are presenting within the relationship. This allows for total openness and a space to learn more about your own behaviours without feeling judged or criticised. The aim of relationship counselling is to open communication so as to nurture the relationship and get reacquainted with each other, to find out what our partner needs, and sometimes to also discover exactly what it is that you need.
BPsych (Hons), Grad Dip Gestalt Theory & Methods, Assoc MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
Sharon is an experienced Psychologist, specialising in relationship counselling on the Sunshine Coast. She has an extensive history working with couples and families, helping them to identify and change unhelpful, damaging and sometimes harmful patterns and behaviours in their relationships. Sharon believes that the key to all successful relationships is effective communication, an understanding of your partners’ needs and desires and a willingness to show love to your partner in a way that is recognised by them.
Sharon has a particular interest in assisting couples to explore those matters that are often sensitive or difficult to discuss including sexual problems. Sharon’s approach to such matters ensures that you can feel comfortable exploring matters of sensitivity without the usual level of distress that typically goes with discussing such issues.
Sharon is passionate about helping people to rebuild strong relationships by helping couples and families to explore and investigate what makes each other feel happy and loved. She will work with you to help each partner in the relationship recognise how to successfully, and happily, meet each other’s needs so that you can re-kindle that ‘in-love’ feeling once again and heal your relationship.
Whether your relationship is with your spouse, your friend, your partner or your children, Sharon will use her supportive, warm and caring approach to helping each of you understand how to love one another once again so that each partner in the relationship can feel valued, respected, understood and loved.
In addition to Sharon specialising in relationship counselling and seeing clients for sexual difficulties, she also sees clients for pre-marriage counselling, anger management, narcissism and porn addiction.
BA, MA, Post Grad App Psych, M Psych, M Crim, MAPS,
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Catherine feels it is a privilege to be a psychologist and support people during important and challenging times in their lives. She finds the richness of the connection that she shares with clients extremely rewarding. It’s a pleasure seeing people grow and develop.
Most of the people she sees as a psychologist are struggling with anxiety, depression or relationship issues. Often if you are having difficulties in one of these areas, you may also experience problems on another of these areas as well. This is because these problems are usually related, often resulting from past traumatic or painful events in your life.
Regardless of how much pain you are in and how troubled your relationship is, as your couples counsellor, Catherine is committed to helping you improve your relationship. Couples therapy with Catherine goes beyond “damage control”, she will help you grow as individuals as well as a couple.
If you are like most couples that come to see Catherine for couples or marriage counselling, you can most likely relate to some of the following: you are not communicating effectively, left feeling frustrated and distressed; trust has vanished from your relationship; stress due to children, work, finances, family pressures or illness is damaging your relationship; one or both of you have contemplated or threatened to leave the relationship; you or your partner has had an affair and you are either reeling in feelings of betrayal, riddled with guilt for what you have done, and/or unsure of how and if you can repair the damage; sexual difficulties like mismatched libidos or erectile dysfunction make you feel unwanted, inadequate and disconnected; one or both of you has had a difficult personal history that makes your relationship dynamic more challenging (e.g. childhood trauma, difficult relationships, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, or mental illness).
Catherine is also available for appointments for Pre-Marriage Counselling, Narcissism, Anger Management, Porn Addiction, and is available for phone and skype appointments.
Catherine has learned that regardless of how stuck and discouraged you feel, there is always a way to overcome your problems. As a counselling psychologist, she provides a unique balance of intellectual and analytical understanding with a deep capacity for empathy. As a result of growing up in Switzerland and studying in Germany, she also is able to do therapy in German.
B A Hons, M Psych Clin, PhD, MAPS, M College Clin Psych
Hart Centre Certified
Jeanne is a Clinical Psychologist with many years’ experience with relationship counselling in Sydney as both a counsellor and psychotherapist, first in a voluntary capacity and then as a clinician. She works with adults and young people from different cultures and social backgrounds and particularly likes to work with couples and relationships.
Jeanne believes relationships are so important. We are born into a relationship (the mother-child relationship) and we are programmed to attach ourselves to others, to want to give and receive love, and to expect that throughout our lives. We are social beings.
No matter how strong we are as individuals we will cope better and be more resilient if we have the support and love of one or more significant others.
And yet in our culture, with its emphasis on individual achievement and competitiveness, there is a lot of loneliness and difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships. Many people can benefit from a helping hand in this area…She believes that most people have the capacity to find healing in themselves and to make better relationships… if only they can access the help that they need.
Julia is passionate about relationship counselling. Life, as Julia sees it, is about relationships; relationships with yourself and relationships with others. Julia has extensive experience as a psychologist and has worked within government, private and community sectors in counselling, educational and training roles. She has conducted workshops focusing on enhancing couple relationships with Relationships Australia as well as communication skills and self-esteem programs.
Julia provides counselling to individuals as well, across a wide range of issues including workplace stress, bullying, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and grief and loss. She also guides people through life transitions including being single again, changing careers, coping with redundancy, and being an “empty nester”. Julia is also available for pre-marriage counselling, anger management counselling, and counselling relating to narcissism.
Julia is skilled in using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator as a platform for couples to work through differences and to value the gifts each brings to the relationship. She is dynamic in her approach and empowers people to take responsibility for their own happiness.
Julia believes that all people have the right to seek happiness and fulfillment in their personal and work lives and that everyone at times needs support and help to find clarity, purpose and healing along their way. With sensitivity and a touch of humour at times, Julia encourages people to take responsibility for their life and choices, empowering them to explore new directions and make positive changes.
B Sc (Hons), B Soc Admin, B A (Psych), B Psych (Hons), Grad Dip Mediation (Family), PhD
Hart Centre Certified
Ros has worked in a variety of practice settings for over 15 years. She now specialises in relationship counselling with individuals, couples and families. She is a psychologist, family therapist and a qualified family mediator. She specialises in relationship counselling and family counselling.
Ros focuses on assisting couples to identify barriers to healthy, mutually nurturing relationships and to develop alternative patterns of interaction. Her experience in adult mental health equips her to help partners in narcissistic relationships regain their confidence and self-respect. She is especially sensitive to the unique issues faced by same-sex and cross-cultural couples.
As a family therapist and family mediator, Ros is familiar with the issues involved in separation and divorce, re-partnering and blended families. She offers family counselling on these issues, among others. Ros is also sensitive to male depression, which is often misjudged as irritability and anger, especially in the context of marital breakdown.
Ros believes that the fast pace of modern life makes it too easy for couples to forget the important principles of a healthy relationship: CODE; Compassion, Openness, Depth, Equality. Her gentle, caring and compassionate approach will help you make the desired positive changes you choose for your life and your relationship. Other areas of interest and areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, recovery from sexual abuse, workcover and education.
Ros offers counselling via Skype or phone, in circumstances where face to face counselling is too difficult to arrange.
Ros has a doctorate in education and in addition to her private practice, is also a researcher at the university. She has also co-authored the book ‘A Girl’s Education’.
Andrea is passionate about marriage counselling. She is a Registered Psychologist with experience in treating a wide range of difficulties affecting individuals, couples and families. With a special interest in close relationships, Andrea is passionate about supporting couples through many of the challenges and opportunities they may experience.
Andrea is experienced in providing counselling and interventions to both individuals and couples across a number of issues including the following: Couples/relationship and marriage counselling, anger management counselling, pre-marriage counselling, sexuality and sex therapy, narcissism, all areas of mental illness, abuse, trauma and grief, and addictions.
Andrea believes in providing a safe and respectful environment for both opposite and same sex couples, at any stage of their relationship. In order for positive and healthy outcomes to be achieved for each individual, she assists couples to build on their strengths and improve their skills in listening, communication and connection. Andrea is friendly, professional and takes care to ensure counselling services are tailored to the needs of her clients.
Sessions are available face to face, over the telephone or Skype depending on your preferences.
Dr David is an experienced clinical psychologist with a history of helping couples with relationship issues. In his practice he sees men, women and couples wishing to improve their lives and deal more effectively with problems of mood regulation, difficult emotions, life change and substance abuse. The therapeutic approaches that David uses are matched to the needs of the client and the situation. Generally the most useful approach comes under the ambit of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which is a versatile new form of cognitive behavioural therapy.
At the heart of David’s therapeutic approach is respect and a desire to be relevant and useful for the couple. Respect for each individual is paramount and the aim is to help the individual build workable strategies for themselves and the relationship. With many couples who find themselves stuck there are important underlying emotional problems. To help work through these emotionally focused therapy is the most useful. The object of the therapy is to harness the strengths that the client already possesses. This “strength based” approach is vital to making the most of the therapy experience and ensuring a process of continuing growth.
David is happy to help with a range of difficulties from anger management, porn addiction and substance abuse through to issues concerning physical intimacy. David bases his approach on compassion and understanding. The pathway through to a better future for many individuals and couples requires establishing core values and a clear vision of goals, Working through difficult emotions, assumptions, expectations and “history” is important for most couples.
The goal of therapy is to help couples who value their relationship and want to make it work better. Based on his experience he knows this is possible and is positively supportive of any couple that takes the courageous (and wise) step of seeking help. He starts from the position that the relationship is something of great value and as long as it is not destructive for either party can be the most important vehicle for personal fulfillment. David has written a number of articles for medical professionals on the importance of relationships and the importance reaching out to men. David is available for regular sessions as well as telephone and Skype consultations.
David regularly gets positive feedback. In particular his approach may suit those who have found other approaches less solution focussed than they would like. His approach aims to meet clients where they are at. As this is usually in a crisis he aims to establish a plan quite quickly by identifying the key issues and what is need to stabilise the relationship until more long lasting strategies can be applied. He will provide more structure than many clients have experienced in the past and guide clients carefully matching the pacing and direction to their needs.
B.A (Psych), Dip (Graphology), M Int Sports Sc Assoc, MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
Rebecca specialises in Relationship Counselling in her Townsville clinic. She uses advanced strategic interventions to resolve a whole range of human challenges in a way that liberates and redefines the boundaries of what is possible.
You will be surprised at how easily you can address and navigate any issue or areas of concern as Rebecca guides you through scenarios ranging from individual problems to those of the couple, the family, the peer group and the workplace. Rebecca specialises in relationship counselling helping couples to reconnect through improving communication and sexual relations and also by taking a fresh look at your relationship strengths. Whether it is finding solutions to common sexual problems, coming back from the brink of separation or getting your needs met in the relationship, Rebecca can help.
Rebecca also has a broad range of experience with the following issues that may be impacting upon your relationship: anger and domestic violence, porn addiction and sexual dysfunction, narcissism and other problematic personality disorders/traits, history of sexual abuse. She is also available for pre-marriage counselling, and can offer phone appointments if necessary.
Rebecca’s unique strategic approach and methods of intervention can bring about remarkable swift, effective and lasting solutions to a whole range of human challenges. Drawing from many different methodologies the like of Generative NLP, Strategic Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Hypnosis and Organisational psychology Rebecca can tailor a personalised intervention plan responsive to your particular needs.
Rebecca provides a safe, respectful and collaborative space to explore your concerns and ultimately develop strategies to overcome obstacles in order for you to realise your full potential both personally and in all your valued relationships.
Annette has been practising for over 18 years and has broad experience in the counselling, forensic, clinical and vocational fields. She has considerable experience in helping people with difficulties in the areas of anxiety, depression, work-related stress, anger management, substance misuse and relationships. She also sees clients for narcissism, porn addiction, anger management and pre-marriage counselling, and will provide phone appointments if necessary.
Her areas of interest include building resiliency to stress, promoting better coping skills, increasing effective communication and problem solving skills. She has particular expertise in the psychological management of stress and relationships.
Annette’s strengths include strong intuition, the ability to engage and challenge clients, to get to the heart of self-limiting beliefs, and to work creatively with clients to support them in making the desired changes they choose for their lives and their relationships.
B Soc Sci (Psych), B Soc Sci (Hons), Post Grad Dip Psych, Grad Dip Systemic Therapy, H Dip Ed.
Hart Centre Certified
Beverley’s speciality is relationship counselling in Sydney, due to her special focus and interest in relationships. She has done extensive training in this area both locally and overseas.
Beverley offers a safe and confidential space where relationships and patterns of behaviour can be gently explored. Beverley is an experienced relationships counsellor, with same sex, gay or heterosexual relationships. She is familiar with the dynamics of families, inlaws and stepfamilies. If during therapy one or both of you discover that the emotional switch has been turned off and the decision is taken to separate, therapy can help sort out this process especially when there are children involved.
Beverley specialises in relationship counselling and can also provide infertility counselling. When an individual or couple have been diagnosed with infertility this can cause stress and despair. Beverley has experience and expertise acquired from many years of working with fertility professionals in Sydney. She will provide information on different treatment options available to individuals and couples so that they can make an informed choice that will suit their needs. Counselling provides a space where a couple can learn how they can nurture their relationship during fertility treatment.
When an individual or couple are advised that their best option is to use donor sperm, donor oocytes or donor embryos, counselling is an informative way of ensuring that all parties are on the same page as far as hopes and expectations are concerned both before and after treatment.
A major life change occurs when a couple have a baby, even when the baby has been planned parenthood can cause a lot of joy but also a lot of stress. This is especially a difficulty when couples want to conform to a high standard and take a baby’s restlessness or crying as a sign that they are not fulfilling their role. The experience of parenthood can cause a couple to disagree and argue. The lack of uniformity on expectations around parenting might polarise a couple. It is useful at this time to attend counselling where the norms of parenting and different views and values are thoroughly addressed.
Sarah is passionate about relationship counselling. She is a multi-skilled and dynamic Psychologist with years of experience working with individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues. When working with couples Sarah embraces the complexities of the problems clients bring, in an arena which provides a sense of safety and support.
We all want our lives to be fulfilling and meaningful as an individual. As a couple part of this fulfillment comes from a relationship that has sustained love, passion and mutual respect. Given the challenges we are subjected to in modern life we often fall into dysfunctional patterns of managing ourselves in our relationships which can result in levels of unhappiness or dissatisfaction. The ability to turn this negative dysfunctional pattern around, and to embrace a new and healthier way to relate as a couple is truly exciting, giving new hope for a different and more rewarding future.
Sarah finds it a privilege to be able to step into the lives of couples in trouble, and assist them to find insight, address issues, explore new ways of doing things and above all, reach a new understanding of yourselves which will allow positive changes in your relationship.
As well as relationship counselling and marriage counselling, Sarah is available for appointments for pre-marriage counselling, sexual difficulties, porn addiction, narcissism and anger management. For those clients unable to attend the clinic, Sarah has facilities for phone and skype appointments.
Angelica is a clinical psychologist with substantial experience in relationship counseling in Sydney. Angelica has additional certification in intimacy, sexual, and relationship issues. She has helped hundreds of couples to overcome emotional distance, issues with desire, sexual problems, affairs, high conflict and cross-cultural marriage problems.
Angelica’s couples are encouraged to use homework exercises she provides to actively engage with one another to increase the benefits of therapy work. She regularly suggests specific exercises, books, readings, videoclips, podcasts, and games.
Angelica is also interested in helping people to regain self worth, process trauma, and manage difficult personalities.
In addition to her 16 year’s experience in the public and private sectors, Angelica is a published researcher, has presented at conferences and workshops.
As a wife and mother of two children, Angelica prioritizes family and self care when she is not sharing her time between her clients, supervisees, and charity work.
Stuart is a psychologist with ten years of counselling experience with individual adults and children, couples, and groups in private, educational, corporate and volunteer settings. He has a friendly manner and endeavours to make people feel comfortable and supported in counselling.
Understanding that people may seek relationship counselling for a range of reasons, Stuart’s first task is to help each individual clarify his or her goals. He attends to the health and wellbeing of each individual in the relationship and does not assume that one or both people want to stay together. If both parties do, Stuart helps them explore the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant aspects of the relationship. These may include communication and conflict management, fairness and power, trust and commitment, managing personality differences or individual mental health concerns, aspects of intimacy, and managing external stressors on the relationship such as finances, parenting, extended family, work, health, fertility issues and addictions. Within the counselling sessions, Stuart fosters mature, respectful and constructive conversations to help the couple communicate and problem-solve more effectively in the ‘real world’.
BA, M Ed, Grad Dip Psych, Post Grad Dip Psych, M Psych, MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
Cherie specialises in Relationship Counselling in Sydney. She is a caring, empathic and intuitive person who likes to provide a safe, peaceful and reflective environment where people can come to deepen their understanding of themselves and their partner and experiment with new ways of being together.
Cherie has always held a strong interest and value in relationships and enjoys working alongside couples as they gain insight into their process, consider their own and their partner’s wants and needs, make choices and learn new ways of approaching familiar situations to bring about the changes that they hope for. She can help with negative emotional patterns, communication and conflict, family disputes, and a wide range of sexual problems, including orgasm disorders and porn addiction.
Cherie enjoys all aspects of her psychological practice and also offers individual therapy for adults. She has special interest and experience in treating the effects of trauma and working with adults healing the scars of earlier difficult life experiences. She has experience working with a range of areas including: fertility problems, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, life planning, and life transitions.
Cherie has trained in and uses: family systems therapy, couple counselling, Hakomi (Body Centred Psychotherapy and Mindfulness), CBT, Self Psychology, ACT and Schema Therapy.
B Psych, Post Grad Dip Reichian Therapy, Post Grad Dip Psychodrama, Certified Mediator, Cert 4 Training & Assess, MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
Valda is a registered clinical psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has more than 20 years experience as an individual, couple and group therapist, and is also a certified family mediator. Having been born and raised in Brazil, she also speaks Portuguese.
Valda works with individuals, couples and groups in both long and short-term psychotherapy and counselling. Her therapeutic style follows an integrative approach, drawing from diverse theories according to each clients’ needs or preferences. These include: schema therapy,cognitive behavioural, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, client centred, psychodrama, and psychodynamic approaches.
Relationship counselling is one of Valda’s passions. She has extensive experience working with couples in distress, including same-sex couples and cross-cultural relationships. Her areas of interest and expertise include: sexuality issues, affairs or other breaches of trust, porn overuse and other compulsive behaviours, narcissism in relationships, conflict and anger management, stress, trauma, and grief. Valda also assists couples who are planning cohabitation or marriage, blending families, or considering a separation or divorce.
Creating a safe environment, where individual and cultural differences are valued and confidentiality is taken seriously, is central to Valda’s approach. She enjoys helping clients solve problems and develop the full potential of their relationships.
BA, Grad Dip Arts (Psych), Post Grad Dip Couns Psych,Dip Clin Hypnotherapy, Dip Ed, MAPS, MASCH, MACA, MICF
Hart Centre Certified
Peter’s passion is Relationship Counselling in his Adelaide clinic. Your life is now not how it once was with you and your partner. Something’s changed, maybe the spark has left your relationship and perhaps some conflict has entered. Yet, the remnants of the good times remain, the memories of what has been created by you both together. Something gained which could be lost. The question is, what is it that is important to do now?
Peter draws upon personal training and clinical experience with relationships to answer this question. He helps you to diagnose your situation with creative counselling which will highlight all the important aspects of your relationship. Whether these issues relate to emotion, such as anger; personality issues, such as narcissism; human issues, such as sex and sexuality; family issues relating to parenting; mental health issues, like anxiety and depression; or, personal issues around conflict or relationship skills, Peter can offer sensible, practical, and reliable guidance, which will help you make your own decisions.
Rosemary has been a psychologist for some 30 years, and is passionate about providing relationship counselling in Brisbane. She has considerable experience in working to assist people with individual and relationship difficulties. She is experienced in both assessment and therapy, and is particularly interested in working with couples to address the challenges of difficult communication, lack of intimacy, infidelity and disengagement.
Issues such as anger management, difficult personality factors (including narcissism), depression and anxiety, also contribute to relationship problems. Rosemary addresses these factors as they arise. Rosemary also offers same sex couple counselling, and pre-marriage counselling.
In her work, Rosemary aims to help people to identify and communicate their needs, understand the emotions that manifest as psychological pain, and to work towards clarity, acceptance, and compassion in their relationships with others, and also with themselves.
Rosemary draws on therapeutic tools such as CBT, Mindfulness, ACT, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Sessions are available in person at her Auchenflower rooms, or via telephone or Skype by arrangement.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Maria is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and is a registered provider with Medicare. She has completed a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) degree and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Maria regularly undertakes professional development and training to keep updated on the latest therapeutic practices to empower people to develop self awareness and initiate positive change.
Maria is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Her experience includes working with a range of diverse issues. These include depression, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem, trauma, work-related stresses, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, separation, divorce, and grief and loss issues. Key models in her approach to counseling include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution- Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Exposure Therapy and Emotion-focused therapy for relationships.
Maria believes that the fundamental key to successful relationships is being able to communicate effectively. She enjoys helping her clients identify and change the unhelpful and sometimes destructive patterns and behaviours in their relationships. She is passionate about facilitating personal growth in every individual and in empowering them to find hope, strength and resilience no matter what their history. Maria’s warmth and valuable life experiences enables her to relate easily and empathically to clients from diverse backgrounds. Her ability to develop a genuine, respectful and collaborative relationship with clients greatly assists in achieving positive therapeutic outcomes. Maria is married with 2 teenage children.
Deborah is a registered psychologist and provides marriage counselling in Sydney. She has worked for over 15 years in the private and public sector including education, rehabilitation and private practice. She has extensive experience counselling adults, adolescents and young people across a range of areas. These include relationships, life transition and adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, abuse and trauma, career development and academic performance.
Deborah has a keen interest in working with couples and families and believes that good relationships can be central to one’s psychological and physical wellbeing.
She is particularly passionate and committed to assisting couples develop skills and resilience to tackle life problems and work towards addressing the needs of each individual as well as the needs of the couple. She has a special interest in sexual intimacy, trust, conflict and communication issues. Deborah works with couples towards achieving realistic and wise decisions about their relationship.
Her warm, caring approach and respectful non-judgmental manner validates her deep belief in engaging with her clients and developing a trusting, safe and collaborative environment.
Deborah uses evidence – based psychology to improve the wellbeing of young people and adults. Her approach incorporates cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy as well as elements of mindfulness and positive psychology.
Charley is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists. She has experience as an adult, adolescent, and couple therapist and is also a trained trauma specialist. She utilises mindfulness on a regular basis and enjoys seeing people transform as they find calm in the midst of chaos.
Charley has a direct and educative style. She has a calming effect and knows when to be warm and when to be more direct. She has the flexibility to be different ways with different people. She uses stories, charts, whiteboard and anecdotes to help you understand concepts or help you have a deeper insight into your experiences. She is results-driven and uses therapies that are both powerful, safe and based on scientific evidence.
Charley will take you on a journey of self-exploration, investigation, reflection, offering different perspectives and to help you see things in a new light or things as you haven’t seen before. If you’re ready for positive change in your life and ready to try new things, she will gladly guide you on your path.
She deals with a wide range of issues, specialising in relationship counselling. Charley also sees clients for parenting, helping couples to reconnect after an affair, addressing imbalances in relationships, reduce arguments and fighting by helping with more effective ways to address difficult issues, porn addiction or porn issues, sex therapy, pre-marriage counselling, anger, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, grief and loss.
She also has a special interest in trauma and has helped many overcome later obstacles created by childhood or adolescent sexual or physical abuse. Due to her insight into couples, she sometimes brings up your issues before you do.
Charley is caring and passionate about helping people to reach their potential. She provides a safe and supportive environment in which clients can process distressing emotions and learn new skills to lead healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.
She is available for Skype sessions for out-of-town clients.
Kathrine has been a Registered Psychologist in Perth for ten years and prior to this was a counsellor for four years, specialising in developing intimacy in relationships. She understands the importance of relationships in life as a building block to higher achievement, and will help you help yourself by giving you practical skills you can work on immediately.
She has a special interest in individual and relationship counselling and seeing clients with sexual difficulties. Kathrine understands that relationships are rarely smooth sailing and that with some knowledge you can create the relationship that you really want, or move on in the least stressful way if this is the direction you wish to take.
In addition to seeing clients for relationship counselling and sexual difficulties, Kathrine is also available for appointments relating to Pre-Marriage Counselling, Anger Management, Narcissism, Porn Addiction, and is also available for phone/skype appointments if needed.
Kathrine is a warm and caring person, who will listen to both sides without judgement or bias, and will give you practical steps to ensure you both realise your full potential individually and in your relationship.
Trisha specialises in individual and couples counselling. She is an expert in the field of relationships and families with over 18 years experience. Trisha works to improve communication, clarify expectations and derive meaning from both actions and words, achieving greater understanding between partners. She will give you practical conflict management and problem solving strategies to take away to enhance connection, and put processes in place to strengthen your relationship skills. This will reinforce the foundation of your relationship, building trust and increasing faith in one another to nurture the relationship.
At the core of her approach, Trish promotes the interest of the relationship. Differences may not always be resolved but accepted as part of respecting each other and prioritising the needs of the relationship.
Both individuals and all couples seeking relationship support will benefit from her years of experience and training by the world’s leading relationship experts such as Dr John Gottman. Trish utilises evidence-based approaches to develop an individualised treatment approach.
Typical issues that she sees contributing to relationship disharmony are communication, finances, sex, parenting, trust and extended family.
Trisha has worked in not for profit and government organisations within an employee assistance model for over a decade. She has a wealth of experience working with workplace issues including work stress, rehabilitation, bullying and harassment. Her areas of interest are Depression and Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Separation and Addiction work.
She works with individuals to progress towards their goals in a supportive and empathetic manner. Using a solution-focussed, strengths based framework, clients find positive approaches to address the presenting issue as well as practical strategies to manage the situation, whatever it may be.
She is trained in CBT, ACT, IPT and Motivational Interviewing. However will develop interventions based on the individual client’s way of operating, tailoring strategies to the client’s learning style.
Other areas of interest are in addictions, depression and anxiety, stress and grief and loss.
Trisha offers phone and Skype consultations for clients who are unable to attend the clinic.
BA Psychology and Social Communications, BA (Hons) Psychology
Hart Centre Certified
Tony has been working in Mental Health since 1997, and now specialises in Couples Counselling. He has been a Psychologist in private practice since 1999. His passion to work with couples is underpinned by his burning desire to assist individuals bring the best out of themselves. That way the individual can become the best person for themselves and their partner so they can both enjoy a mutually rewarding relationship based on honesty, equity, respect, trust and support.
Over the past 18 years Tony has earned himself a reputation of working collaboratively with clients in a friendly, warm and understanding manner. His caring, compassionate and empathic nature coupled with his overall light-hearted approach make him very easy to talk to about any issue. Over the years Tony has gained significant skills in assisting individuals and couples experiencing difficulties with: Anger; Anxiety; Communication; Conflict Resolution; Depression; Infidelity; Internet Pornography; Relationship Issues, Same-Sex Attraction / Relationships; Self-esteem and Violence.
Tony is a full member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc, the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Australasian Ego State Therapy Association. He also draws on other approaches including: Family; Narrative and Solution Focused Therapies.
Tony’s motto ‘working towards better mental health’ is underpinned by his belief that one of his key roles is to meet his clients where they are at. This allows him to gain an appreciation and understanding of their situation. He then helps them understand their own thoughts and behaviours and collaboratively develops mutually agreed tailored interventions aimed at positive behavioural change.
Some of the goals that Tony sets collaboratively with his clients are about: honesty and accountability; open communication; negotiation and fairness; economic partnership; shared responsibility; shared power; respect and trust; support; non-threatening behaviour; intimacy; physical affection and personal integrity.
Some of the results clients can achieve after working with Tony include: feeling better about themselves, their partner and their relationship; communicating better; being better able to resolve issues as they arise; resolving past issues and looking forward to a better future; feeling once again that they want to be in their relationship and having their ‘spark’ re-ignited.
Tony is a full Member of the: Australian Psychological Society; Psychology Board of Australia; Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Australasian Ego State Therapy Association and Australian Division of Independent Professional Practice.
Tony feels that people ‘inviting him to be a guest’ in their lives in their time of need, is a privilege which he finds professionally and personally humbling.
BA. Dip Ed, Grad Dip Fam Ther (Clin Prac). Grad Dip Psych (Mon). MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
Joe specialises in individual, family and relationship counselling and has been a practising Psychologist for over 20 years. He has worked in the public sector within the Department of Human Services and was responsible for Managing a Specialist Behavioural Intervention Team. Joe has been in private practice for a number of years and three years ago made the decision to move his family to Wollongong from Victoria. Joe has a broad range of experience having worked with many groups including individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults as well as provision of couples and family therapy. Joe has particular interest in couples and relationship counselling, having seen ample evidence in his practice, that the pursuit of a healthy functioning relationship is a vital to wellbeing.
Joe provides a supportive, safe and caring environment. He has an eclectic approach to therapy, with skills in a number of therapeutic techniques including: Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
In relationship counselling Joe provides an accommodating client focused approach to working through the personal, interpersonal and emotional issues bought into the room by the couples he works with.
B.Litt (Hons.), M. Litt. M. Psych (Counselling), MAPS.
Hart Centre Certified
Joanne specialises in individual and relationship counselling. She is passionate about helping and supporting couples as they deal with long-standing relationship issues and move toward developing new and positive relationship approaches and skills. She listens to her clients needs in a caring and non-judgemental way and is rewarded by seeing couples grow and change in positive ways.
Together with couple counselling, Joanne is experienced in other problems: Depression and anxiety, anger management, narcissism, pre-marriage issues, family therapy, trauma, aspergers and related syndromes, pain management, sexual difficulties and porn addiction. Sometimes some of these problems can, and do, impact on couples and it is important to work out the ways in which such difficulties may have affected a relationship.
Joanne has been in private practice for 12 years and prior to that worked in a Family and Relationship agency that focused on couple therapy. She is also trained in family mediation, conflict management and hypnosis.
Joanne has found recently that skype and phone counselling can be an excellent alternative for individuals or couples who live in remote locations or for reasons of time or privacy would prefer to experience counselling online.
Sylvia is passionate about individual and relationship counselling. She is a fully registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society currently working in a successful private practice.
Sylvia has over ten years experience working with clients from all backgrounds and has a special interest in helping clients with anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is also available for appointments relating to pre-marriage counselling, anger management, porn addiction and narcissism.
Sylvia draws from her cognitive behavioural training and is mindful of the importance of tailoring therapy to the individual client needs.
As a parent in a busy home Sylvia understands the challenges many couples face in managing their own lives and providing a stable home for their children.
Sylvia believes communication and honesty are vital in building a loving relationship, and that through supportive counselling the most challenging relationships can succeed and grow.
Elizabeth’s main focus is Marriage Counselling in her Gold Coast clinic, and has worked with individuals and in group settings. She has worked with families, couples, individuals, parents, teens and children throughout her career within the non-government sector and now brings this experience to private practice. She has worked with clients through all of the stages of the family life cycle: dating, partnering and marriage, separation or divorce, re-partnering, parenting children within two homes, and blended families.
With her openness to the developmental transitions within families, she brings rich insight and collaboration to the emergence of new meanings for couples and assists them in the creation of a rich, full and meaningful lived experience. Her philosophical stance reflects an exposure to a wide range of approaches, and this is used to create a non-judgemental, open and accepting space within the counselling environment.
Elizabeth understands that many couples who come into counselling are discouraged about the direction their relationships have taken, feel hopeless about making changes, and can be accusatory and blaming toward their partner for the state of their relationship. They have seen this result in an increased defensiveness on the part of each partner. Elizabeth’s commitment to the couple relationship is paramount in assisting the couple to view their dilemma as an opportunity to develop new alternatives in their relationship which allow them to stop struggling, reconcile their differences and enhance their relationship.
In addition to relationship/marriage counselling, Elizabeth is also available Pre-Marriage Counselling, Anger Management, appointments relating to Narcissism, and is available for phone and skype appointments if necessary.
BA (Psych), Grad Dip Sc (Psych), Grad Dip (App Psych), MA (Coaching Psychology)
Hart Centre Certified
Melanie specialises in individual and Relationship Counselling in Sydney and has worked as a registered Psychologist for over 16 years, in a variety of public and private settings. She has previously worked as a college guidance counsellor with children, teenagers, and their families, and understands the busy lifestyles many families lead in today’s day and age. For these reasons she facilitates Skype and phone sessions if face-to-face sessions are not possible.
She particularly loves working with couples and families, as she feels that having healthy relationships is essential to our overall happiness. Melanie has experience working with a variety of issues that couples and families face, such as communication breakdown and conflict, infidelity and issues with trust, achieving a satisfying sex life, separation and joining of families, and even to explore how to re-ignite the ‘spark’ in a romantic relationship.
Dearne provides Marriage Counselling in Sydney and has a diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors along with being trained through Lifeline in the development of complex counselling skills. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and participates in reflective individual and peer clinical supervision on a regular basis.
Dearne uses different therapeutic approaches depending on the individual’s needs. These include: Person Centred, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Transactional Analysis.
In addition to her special interest in relationship counselling, her experience in private practice includes supporting people in crisis or at risk, as well as their families and friends, treatment of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, pregnancy issues & post and antenatal depression. She also provides sex counselling for the areas of mismatched libidos and erectile dysfunction.
B Soc Work; B Ed (Hons); B Soc Sci (Pysch); Grade Dip Psych; Grad Dip Couns; M Couns
Hart Centre Certified
Korey is a certified Emotion Focused Therapist (EFT). She obtained her certification with the ICEFT. EFT is the foundation of her couple therapy work. Korey commenced working with couples in 1993 while on a placement with Relationships Australia. Since this time Korey has continued to undertake specialist training in working with couples. In particular Korey has been interested in understanding how best to assist couples when there has been a significant traumatic or hurtful event/s.
The most satisfying and fulfilling part of couple work for Korey which she finds heart-warming is: hearing a couple speak about how they are now attuned to each other. The couple therapy process has enabled them to experience a higher sense of security, connection and acknowledgement in their relationship. Korey is passionate about individual and relationship counselling and believes it is an honour and privilege to be allowed to hear somebody’s life story.
Her experience has involved working with: couples, families and individuals dealing with challenging life events such as: 1) working through traumatic events such as infidelity; 2) people with terminal illnesses and their bereaved families, partners and friends; 3) men, women, young people and children who have been sexually assaulted and/or abused. Korey has been in the field of counselling since 1986, and has an employment history of providing counselling for non-government, government and private agencies. Areas she has training include: Emotionally Focused Therapy – Couples & Individuals, Relationship Counselling, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Grief & Bereavement Therapy, Hypnosis, Recovery from Abuse, Body Image issues, Workplace Stress management, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, and Anxiety & Depression.
Korey has studied in several areas of the social sciences. She holds the following degrees: Honours B. Soc. Sc. (Pysch.); Graduate Degree in Psychology; Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Education; Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Master of Counselling. Korey is a Registered Psychologist & Clinical Social Worker.
Please note: Korey currently offers Sex Therapy from her Brisbane CBD clinic only.
Kellie provides marriage counselling in Sydney, and has an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling from the Institute of Family Practice. Kellie is also Hart Centre certified and a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association. She engages in regular self-reflection and participates in peer and clinical supervision.
Kellie has a very caring and respectful nature and has experience using a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the client’s need (eg. systemic therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, emotionally focused couple therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy). She is passionate about assisting individuals, couples and families overcome their relationship difficulties and achieve more fulfilling, healthy and loving ways of relating with each other. She provides a safe and non-judgemental environment for clients to identify and explore their relationship issues and individual needs. Kellie focuses on providing practical skills to work through these issues, such as improved communication and conflict resolution skills, for personal growth and enabling relationships to grow in more positive ways.
In addition to counselling, Kellie also works in Indigenous Affairs and has a personal interest in improving the health, social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Dr Cristina is a registered Psychologist in Sydney with Psychology Board of Australia and a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She specialises in couples counselling and marital preparation. In addition to her Honours Degree in Psychology, she holds a PhD from the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and a Postgraduate Diploma on Intercultural Communication. She has worked as a Psychologist in private, academic and corporate settings.
Cristina has over ten years of experience in providing a variety of evidence-based techniques and therapeutic approaches such as CBT and Psychodynamic Therapy. Her approach to support counselling is caring and empathic.
In addition to working in private practice, Cristina is also a lecturer and researcher. She teaches several psychology units (postgraduate and masters levels) at Australian College of Applied Psychology and University of Sydney. In the corporative setting, Cristina has worked as a cultural consultant in several countries focusing on expatriates stages of adaptation. Her PhD thesis was on expatriates’ strategies of integration in Australia, and she particularly looked into intermarriages and conflict resolution styles during adaptation. As an academic, Cristina has presented several papers in international conferences and published several book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in renowned journals. Cristina speaks English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
Christine is passionate about providing individual and couples counselling in Mermaid Beach. Her interests include mindfulness, emotion focused counselling and positive psychology. Christine is particularly interested in career development, anger management and couples counselling, having completed training in Gottman Couples Counselling and Emotion Focused Couples Counselling. Her practice focuses on adults and the challenges and choices experienced in their lives. She is a firm believer of changing the things we can and accepting the things we can’t.
As well as couples counselling Christine has a special interest in individual counselling, especially concerning stress, burn-out and anxiety in adults, and the impact this has upon life goals, relationships and other choices. She utilises various therapies and techniques such as CBT, ACT, mindfulness, visualisation, emotional focused therapy and emotional freedom techniques.
Christine believes that although we often find ourselves stuck, whether it be in relationships, careers, roles or belief systems for example, we are often unaware that we actually do have choice. Even if we choose to stay the same, we are making a choice. A choice that may impact our life and others greatly.
Christine believes in exploring and expanding choices with her clients. In her experience this leads clients to utilise their own strengths and to become more empowered. Thus enabling clients to make amazing and sometimes even hard choices in pursuit of their values, needs, goals and dreams.
Ann-Marie is an experienced Psychologist, specialising in individual and marriage counselling. Appreciating the ups and downs everyday life can place on relationships, Ann-Marie is passionate about working with couples to help them best manage these challenges and as a result strengthen and deepen their relationships.
Ann-Marie joined the Psychology profession following a successful career in banking. Hence she brings a solid understanding of workplace issues and how work stress/change can impact a relationship.
Ann-Marie uses a range of therapeutic interventions and tailors her approach to the needs of the individual and or couple. While being supportive and compassionate, Ann-Marie is practical and grounded with the intent of promoting empathy, insight and sustainable behaviour change.
Married with two children, Ann-Marie enjoys the challenge of living what she encourages about work/life balance.
Natascha has been practising as an individual and relationship counselling psychologist for 23 years and is passionate about working with clients, empowering each person to reach their full potential and live a rich, fulfilling and meaningful life.
Natascha has a particular strong interest in relationship issues, marriage therapy, family therapy, anxiety, anger management, same sex relationships, sexual issues including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, desire issues, porn addiction, depression and trauma.
Natascha enjoys working with individuals who present with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, work place issues and parenting difficulties.
Natascha has a very gentle, caring, warm and calm nature that assists her in working with both individuals, and people struggling in a relationship to work towards being a healthier individual within that relationship or family. She tailors her approach for each client depending on what it is the client hopes to gain from participating in therapy.
Cheryl, a registered psychologist and relationship coach, has worked in the field of relationship education and counselling for 25+ years. Cheryl has a sincere and genuine desire to assist individuals and couples in creating stronger, healthier and more satisfying relationships. Described by both clients and colleagues alike as warm, open, personable and compassionate, Cheryl’s relaxed style promotes a comfortable, yet safe, environment within which to explore your relationship issues.
Cheryl’s primary areas of interest are relationship and family psychology. Because Cheryl trained directly under the tutelage of Drs John & Julie Gottman in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy she has an up-to-date, evidence-based approach to her work with clients. She also draws upon key relationship therapies including emotion-focused, attachment, and psycho-dynamic.
Importantly, Cheryl’s understanding of the connection between psychological experience (for example depression, anxiety and anger) and relational problems informs her holistic approach which gently and effectively supports both individuals and couples in their quest to reduce their emotional pain.
Cheryl provides counselling in all areas of life and relationship including: remaining connected (or recapturing the ‘spark’); managing conflict; dealing with betrayal and loss of trust; negotiating parenting-hood and blended/step-families; re-partnering and rebuilding after separation; and navigating the potential ‘minefield’ of extended family. Cheryl also brings a practical focus to her work in the area of communication skills training, assertiveness coaching, and anger management.
Cheryl is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field of relationship counselling. She served over a number of years on several relationship community bodies including: the editorial advisory board of ‘Threshold’ (Australia’s leading journal of marriage & relationship education) and the National Committee of Marriage and Relationship Educators (MAREAA).
Prior to entering full-time private practice Cheryl was employed for 8 years as the Manager, Relationship Education at LifeWorks Relationship Education & Counselling Services, one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit relationship agencies. Cheryl welcomes telephone and skype counselling for clients who prefer these modalities, or for whom attending face-to-face sessions is problematic.
Ann offers online counselling through Skype. Ann is an experienced psychologist in Melbourne. She is passionate about relationship counselling, and creates strong connections with clients and effective working environments. Her clients feel comfortable in the knowledge that they are ‘in safe hands’, which enables them to open up and share their thoughts and troubles. This then allows Ann to use a variety of practices and techniques to help her clients get to a place that is healthier and happier, and to depart her service to continue their journey on their own. Ann has helped hundreds of people in this way.
It is of particular interest to Ann to work with people who want to improve their relationships. This has seen her help many couples improve their communication, resolve long-standing disagreements, overcome struggles with sex and intimacy, or ‘simply’ reconnect after having drifted apart. Ann’s interest in relationship work extends beyond romantic relationships to include extended family relationships, relationships at work, friendships and so on. She has also worked with individuals and successfully helped them deal with depression, anxiety, loss and grief, anger, narcissism, indecision, and troubles related to work and career, to name a few. Finally, Ann has led many group programs that have helped people to improve their self-awareness, particularly in the corporate sector.
Ann likes to partner with her clients and engage them in decisions around the areas of focus, the duration of the work, how progress will be reviewed, and what success looks like. In this way, Ann’s clients are active participants in the therapeutic process and ultimately, in their own healing. Ann achieves this with clients via face-to-face, SKYPE-based, and telephone-based meetings.
Having worked as a psychologist for many years, Ann keeps up to date with the practice and application of current psychological techniques. She effectively translates what is known about human psychology into effective practice, tailoring it to the individual needs of her clients so that they understand it as it relates to them and can take it with them into the future.
Deborah has been providing effective relationship counselling for more than 20 years and sees clients from her Winthrop office. Her desire and ability to help couples build resilient and more deeply connected relationships is reflected in comments made by her clients, present and past, as well as her popularity as a relationship therapist. She has specialised skills in helping couples work through a wide range of difficulties and strongly believes that the relationship we have with our significant other, as well as with ourselves impacts significantly on our overall wellbeing.
Having trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy at Curtin University of Western Australia and studied Family Therapy and Family Research at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, the approach Deborah uses is evidence based and identifies emotion as the most important factor in adult attachment and the way couples bond. There is an emphasis on the way in which partners connect emotionally and when in distressing patterns how they can be helped to reconnect to build stronger bonds. Deborah also draws from other therapies such as psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural, in addressing and working through individual factors that also impact on our relationship with ourselves and partner.
Deborah can assist with communication difficulties and the management of conflict, intimacy issues both physical and emotional, reconnecting after an affair, and issues to do with power and control. She is also aware of the many and varied challenges faced by couples across the life span and can assist couples through difficult developmental transitions such as having children, coping with ageing, illness, and the blended family.
Within a confidential, safe and supportive environment Deborah can help you to work through your relationship issues and help you to achieve a deeper connection with your significant other.
Tracy sees clients for relationship counselling in her Wodonga office. She has worked in the counselling /psychology field for over 30 years, and has worked in schools, hospitals, community agencies, private practice, government departments, universities and welfare organisations.
Throughout the years her special interest has been in working with couples. She has spent many years involved in pre-marriage education, providing seminars and workshops for couples, and focusing her professional development on relationship counselling.
She has been married for 20 years and has 2 teenage children. Her own personal experiences have helped enormously in understanding the joys and challenges of being in a relationship. She has a passion to see them work, a passion to help couples and families remain together, a passion to provide for couples and families the support they need in an environment which in so many ways can be hostile and challenging for modern families.
Gale is an experienced psychologist who has been practising on the Gold Coast since 1997. She has been specialising in individual and relationship counselling for over 15 years. Gale focuses on practical ways to restore and improve your relationship in a friendly, caring counselling environment.
Gale has had experience in a wide range of individual and relationship areas, including pre-marriage preparation, communication styles, affairs, step/blended families, intimacy issues, separation counselling, grief, injury/illness of a spouse/partner, parenting styles and shared goals/life purpose.
Gale enjoys assisting in all types of relationship concerns including friendships, family members and co-workers.
Gale also has a strong interest in physical health and psychology, mindfulness and stress management and can incorporate these types of strategies within the relationship counselling.
Grad Dip Psychotherapy, Postgrad Dip Psych, B Sc, Cert IV Training and Assessment
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Emma is a registered Psychologist in Melbourne with a strong interest in relationship counselling. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and has experience in private, not for profit and public sectors, working in both acute management and long-term treatment settings.
Emma has developed the skills to provide a client-centred approach that involves education, collaboration, and evidence-based interventions to assist with fostering more desirable and satisfying relationships. Over the years, Emma has worked with couples that have experienced communication difficulties, infidelity, imbalances in power, issues with extended family, life transitional difficulties and conflicting ideas on matters such as child rearing, lifestyle differences and finances.
Emma has a particularly strong interest in both individual and relationship counselling and is passionate about assisting couples become more adaptive by helping each person understand the other’s needs, improving communication styles, practicing conflict resolution and assertiveness skills and promoting strengths within the relationship.
Emma currently manages her own allied health practice and embraces a holistic approach to mental wellness. Emma is available for consultation after hours and welcomes face-to-face counselling as well as telephone and Skype counselling.
D. Psych, M. OrgPsych, BA (Psych) Hons, Dip Clin Hyp, Dip ESTm, MAPS, MACCP, MASH, MAACBT
Hart Centre Certified
Karina is a Clinical Psychologist in Brisbane and has had 30 years’ experience working in psychological practice and with individuals and couples to overcome relationship difficulties and promote healthy and fulfilling relationships. She can work with you to constructively explore and disentangle threads and identify frustrating and self-defeating cycles that have been impacting upon your relationships. In a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment Karina can help to overcome communication struggles and painful interactions to assist in reconnecting with your partner as well as assist in gaining insight, develop strategies to manage relationship difficulties more effectively.
Working with you as an individual, she can help in the areas of: anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, addictions, depression, anger, stress management and self-esteem.
Karina has a flexible, down to earth and compassionate approach and is effective at getting to the cause of the problems and drawing on a range of evidence based interventions to assist in therapy. She draws on a number of therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Ego State Therapy frameworks. For over 20 years Karina has been using Hypnosis to assist in changing behaviour, symptoms, and attitudes for issues/problems.
She can help couples and individuals who:
Feel resentment or anger building due to unresolved differences
Experience chronic misunderstanding or confusion about their relationship
Are in high conflict relationships
Are in crisis
Experience feelings of betrayal due to infidelity
Experience emotional or verbal abuse
Are dealing with a controlling spouse
Feel traumatic relationship histories are impacting on their current relationships
Feel lonely and hopeless about their future
Are having difficulty communicating
Karina is a graduate of University of Sydney (NSW), Griffith University (Gold Coast, QLD) and Bond University (Gold Coast, QLD).She has worked in Mental Health, Corrections, Sexual Health, Employment Services and Work Rehabilitation companies. Karina has been in private practice for 24 years.
BA Psych; Grad Dip Ed Psych; M Ed Psych; PHD; Dip Bis; Maps
Hart Centre Certified
Dr. Cosic has a very positive strengths based interpersonal approach to client assessment and intervention and works collaboratively on the goals of the client. The emphasis being on self-management and the acknowledgement that clients don’t need to be cured, they need support to develop more functional capacities to manage their own lives, relationships and issues. She approaches couples work from an understanding that relationships impact and enhance our lives, and it is through relationships that we grow and develop personally and socially.
Dr. Sanja has been a registered psychologist in Melbourne since 1993, with AHPRA endorsement as a counselling psychologist, and has worked in the acute and community mental health services. In the last fifteen years she has also worked in the addiction field managing Gamblers Help Southern- the largest standalone problem gambling service in Victoria. She has also had a private practice over this period focusing generally on the supervision and development of other health professionals; including psychologists. She is also currently employed with a private hospital setting as a senior psychologist providing both clinician supervision and client interventions.
She has extensive experience with disability, mental health, addictions, trauma, couples counselling, as well as high prevalence disorders; anxiety and depression. She is also a trained hypnotherapist and is able to treat chronic health conditions such as smoking reduction and cessation, and teaching relaxation and breathing techniques.
Dr. Sanja has also worked extensively with CALD communities and understands the issues of marginalisation and disadvantage for some communities such as the GLBTI community.
Christopher is a Clinical Psychologist in Brisbane with a special interest in Relationship and Marriage Therapy. Early in his career he provided telephone based counselling to children, adolescents and parents (including child behaviour management programs) and later worked in acute mental health settings with Queensland Health. He then moved into private practice and currently works with individuals as well as couples.
For couples, Christopher focuses on the underlying needs that are typically unmet when relationships become distressed. These needs may include a desire to be truly heard and responded to by the individual’s partner, the need for connection, safety and intimacy and sometimes the need for greater autonomy in the relationship. These personal needs are explored in great depth as when they are unmet relationships become battlefields of characterised by arguments, verbal attacks and withdrawal which leaves both individuals feeling hurt and hopeless about the future. Christopher typically sees positive results from therapy after a few initial sessions and he primarily follows an Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) approach in his work with couples. Christopher also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) approaches.
Christopher also sees clients for anger management, narcissism, pre-marriage counselling, phone and skype counselling.
Meredith is a registered psychologist (since 1993) and has practised for over 25 years. She is an Accredited Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, supervising other psychologists for their Board registration and their ongoing professional development. She has trained extensively in couple counselling (under Dr. John Gottman in the Gottman Couples Therapy Method; within Relationships Australia’s Specialist Course in Couple Therapy; and Certificate of Family Therapy amongst other training); and was Clinical Director at LifeWorks Relationship Education and Counselling Services in her previous role. Committed to continual learning, more recently, Meredith has attended Tavistock Relationships, London, undertaking further training in Advanced Couples Therapy.
Meredith believes that relationships offer life’s most profound joys, however often they bring conflict, anger, disappointment and sadness. “When our own needs and expectations do not meet those of the person we love, it can be hard to know how to find a solution, sustain intimacy and keep and build trust. Counselling offers a way to find clarity and solve problems, even those that are very long-standing. However, counselling can also feel like a step into the unknown and I meet the couple’s experience with deep respect, providing emotional safety for each person in a way that is described by others as respectful, gentle and knowledgeable. I am strongly committed to using evidence-based strategies to work jointly with couples to achieve their goals”.
Counselling is offered for all areas of relationship challenges such as conflict, loss of trust, recovery from infidelity, navigating family dynamics, parenting and step-parenting, and the impact of trauma, grief and loss on relationships. Counselling also addresses changes that may occur over time such as the loss of vibrancy in the relationship; whilst also building on and celebrating a couple’s strengths.
MASS Counselling, BA Psychology, Couples Institute Diploma, EMDR
Hart Centre Certified
Christina is a mature, experienced therapist working on the Central Coast and in the Hunter Valley. She is passionate about couples counselling, in particular the frequent impact that sexual dysfunction and the impact of trauma have on the relationship. Her belief is that creativity, pleasure and fulfilment lie at the centre of human existence and if difficulties in sexual expression and functioning are present it can go to the core of a person’s relationship to self and others.
Christina has specialised training in sex therapy both in Australia and the USA. She also understands personally and theoretically the impact that trauma can have on both the individual and the couple dynamics in any relationship. She is currently undergoing further advanced trauma studies in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR).
Christina creates a safe, non-judgemental environment that enables her clients to share openly their thoughts and concerns. This then enables her to utilise a number of different techniques and modalities which allow her clients to move to a more positive, open and even joyful space, taking with them the tools they have learned, allowing progression of their own journey. In this way Christina has helped hundreds of individuals and couples.
Christina works with individuals and couples struggling with issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, self-acceptance, grief and loss, adoption, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, and interpersonal relationships. Together she explores with her clients their values, identifies their commitments and the aspects of their life that are important to them, and then works to sensitively peel back the numerous life stressors that might keep her client from not living the life that is desired.
Christina offers an integrated holistic approach, working with the emotional, the physical, the mental and the existential/spiritual. She believes that a treatment plan should be individually tailored to each client or couple. She likes to partner with clients, involving them regarding the focus of the work, the duration, the review of work and what success will look like. In this way Christina’s clients are active participants in the therapeutic process, and therefore in their own healing.
Joanna is a highly qualified registered psychologist in Perth who provides therapy for people of all ages, including families and couples. She provides a confidential and professional service and is committed to ensuring that all clients receive the highest standard of care and a positive experience of counselling. She understands that many people feel nervous about attending counselling, so makes sure to spend time in the first session discussing goals and motivations for attending therapy and what to expect from the sessions. Joanna works from a client centred approach, which means that therapy is guided by the client’s goals and at their own pace.
Joanna sees a range of issues that can impact on the connection between people, including communication difficulties, differences in expectations, cultural differences, trust difficulties, blended families, life changes, and adjusting to a first child. By assisting couples to understand how previous experiences can have a flow on effect in current relationships, and how to effectively communicate and support each person’s needs, she helps them develop a deeper understanding of each other and a deeper connection within the relationship.
BA (Psych); Grad Dip (Applied Psych); BSW (Hons); MAPS
Hart Centre Certified
*Not currently taking new clients*
Christine has worked in private practice for 18 years to provide confidential and professional counselling in a supportive environment. Her work has covered a wide range of issues with relationships and individuals, eg challenges and changes in relationships, relationship building/rebuilding, life changes and losses, personal coaching, family and blended family issues, parenting issues, communication, workplace issues, stress, anxiety and depression.
Christine’s passion in working with relationships is inspired and informed by her extensive ongoing professional development and training to update knowledge and skills through workshops and conferences. Considerable training has built on her existing knowledge of the differences and complexities in relationships that surface through the challenges in life that relationships face through different stages of the relationship.
The process of change occurs through tailoring the counselling approach to suit individual needs of clients and relationships. This leads to better communication and understanding of each other and in turn a deeper connection in the relationship. Individuals become active participants by engaging in a joint process of partnership between individuals and counsellor.
Christine’s warm and caring approach allows a rapport to build quickly to engage in a working relationship. Her focus underpinning her work is to facilitate personal growth and empower individuals and relationships to reach their full potential and thrive by building/rebuilding relationships to a deeper level of connection in order to have a fulfilling life.
Christine offers appointments for relationship counselling, family counselling, Individual counselling, Pre-marriage counselling, Mediation, Sex Therapy, Anger Management, Individual counselling, Blended families, Parenting issues, Adolescents and Phone counselling.
Counselling approaches offered are drawn from Family Systems Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Client-centred Therapy.
Noga is a Registered Psychologist with 25 years experience. She enjoys working with individuals and couples on relationship issues to improve skills in communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. Initially working with individuals, she witnessed how strong, solid relationships can heal emotional wounds and empower growth. She developed expertise in relationship counselling while continuing to work with individuals, children and adolescents on various issues including depression, anxiety, stress, career and life transitions.
Noga’s approach combines CBT, solution-focused therapy, narrative and psychodynamic perspectives with emphasis on positive psychology. Warm, genuine and compassionate, she seeks to create a safe, non-judgemental space to enable clients to open-up and reflect. Noga’s strength is keeping a positive focus. She empowers clients to set meaningful goals and nurtures their capability to change. She builds, and relies on client engagement and commitment as the basis of treatment success, while problem-solving strategies are always discussed and tailored to suit each individual’s need and situation. Noga has also worked in corporate and organisational settings, consulting to companies and professional organisations to help individuals and teams to surmount career related issues.
Ruth teaches couples how to resurrect love and bring passion and intimacy back into their lives. For those who have never experienced it, she shows them how to achieve it.
Through extensive training and decades of experience as a sexologist, Ruth is able to address complex and sensitive sex-related issues with great skill. She is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) and regularly attends seminars, workshops, forums and professional development meetings in order to remain abreast of the latest clinical and research findings in the field of sex and sexuality.
Ruth’s therapeutic style, developed over decades of clinical practice, reflects a carefully crafted balance of sensitivity, practicality, fun and no-holds-barred truth. Ruth teaches her clients how to communicate differently, spontaneously and talk about their needs that are not being met. A strong believer that knowledge is power, Ruth specialises in teaching her clients about themselves, why they behave the way they do, and how they affect each other. Ruth helps her clients to develop the tools they need to change their lives.
B Arts (Psych); Grad Dip Soc Health; M. Health Sci (Child & Adolescent Psych); Cert Psych Prac
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Joclyn has been a fully registered psychologist since 2008. She has worked in a wide range of psychology settings in the Penrith area and enjoys helping people from many different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. She is committed to helping her clients to lead a rich and meaningful life, which often involves helping them identify and manage overwhelming emotions and unhelpful coping styles. Joclyn is a great listener and provides a warm and supportive environment for her clients to work through the issues that cause them distress.
Joclyn believes that our close relationships form a very important part of our well-being. She is passionate about assisting her clients to grow and nurture their relationships and has many years of experience in teaching communication, conflict resolution and social skills required to achieve this.
Joclyn is very passionate about working with couples and individuals on their relationships and helping them create health relationships. Joclyn has had some training using Gottman’s work and from the Hart centre on relationships. Joclyn tailors the sessions to suit the needs of her clients and works towards helping couples achieve their goals. Joclyn has helped many couples make positive changes in their relationships through learning to communicate, understand and listen to each other better, deal with conflict better, learn to let go and forgive each other and learn to support each other and work as a team. Joclyn aims to engage with both couples to help them both work together to achieve their goals.
Magdalena is a warm, compassionate Psychologist who has been working with Individuals, Couples and Families in therapy for 15 years over a wide variety of issues. As a couples therapist, she provides a calm and comforting space for couples to explore concerns that they wish to resolve in a healthy and respectful way. Magdalena is bilingual and can counsel in both English and Spanish.
Magdalena has a strong interest in relationship issues, communication, trust issues, infidelity, family therapy, anxiety, depression, intimacy and sexual issues, porn addiction, jealousy, commitment issues, going through IVF, having a baby, parenting difficulties, separation and divorce.
Magdalena also enjoys helping individuals who present with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, low self esteem and confidence issues, work place concerns, career change, grief and weight issues.
Magdalena has been trained in various methodologies including, mindfulness, psychoanalysis and systemic theory with which have been proven to be highly effective in working with individuals, couples and family. Magdalena’s approach as a therapist is caring, empathic, respectful and engaging throughout the whole process. She tailors her work to each client so that it is possible to work together towards feeling empowered, confident and healthier within themselves and others around them.
Ann has been practicing as a Psychologist for over 16 years and has been helping couples for more than 10 years. Ann is passionate about helping people find their sense of identity and improve their overall connections to others. Ann believes that the relationship between the client and the Psychologist is the most important element to successful therapy and she brings to her work respect, openness, honesty and empathy.
Ann has a particular strong interest in relationships issues, depression, anxiety, alcohol and other drug issues, same sex relationships and trauma.
She is very committed to helping individuals who present with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, parenting difficulties, work place issues and trauma.
Ann uses a range of approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Ann also uses Schema Therapy that assists people with the more difficult long-standing problems.
She is passionate about helping couples feel more emotionally connected, more in tune with each other’s needs and to improve their overall communication skills. Ann’s approach is tailored to meet needs of her clients. She works with her client’s goals and hopes for the future while at the same time providing direction and focus when needed. Ann views the therapy as a journey where everyone works together to achieve the desired goals for therapy.
Alinda has a background in Medical Science and a Psychology Degree. She brings her maturity, experience and training in both the Health Sciences and Psychology to assist clients. Alinda has been involved in the care and management of clients for many years and provides a professional, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Delivering client focused therapy, where the treatment and care is aimed at each individual, wishing to improve their mental health, relationships and make changes in the right direction.
Working with individuals who may need to create a better work-life balance, need tools to help mange anger, struggle to maintain relationships, recovering from a broken relationship, moving on from loss, separation, divorce and stress management and sleep improvement are all areas where Alinda can assist. Additionally she has experience working with couples offering improved communication skills, support in the recovery from infidelity, reigniting desire and mismatched libido and many other relationship concerns.
Alinda is a Sexual Health Therapist and member of ASSERT (Australian Society of Sex Educators Researchers and Therapists) and ISSHM (International Society of Sexual Heath). Sex Therapists are qualified counsellors and healthcare professionals who have had extensive training in human sexuality. Alinda is due to complete her Masters in Medicine Science and Sexual Health through the University Of Sydney in November 2017, and continues to increase her clinical knowledge with further research and training. She has extensive clinical experience with Erectile Dysfunction, performance anxiety, delayed and premature ejaculation, porn and sex addiction, and painful sex or Vaginismus.
Sexual issues can often cause distress and conflict in relationships and sex therapists can assist with these difficulties. As a qualified Sex Therapist, Alinda uses specialised clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to help people deal with sexual difficulties or concerns.
Clients can expect her mature, professional and clinical experience to aid them in achieving the goals desired. A focus on result driven therapy has provided many others with success, and her ability to create a comfortable environment to discuss intimate and personal issues is of great value and importance.
Christine offers online counselling through Skype. Christine is a registered psychologist with 15 years of diverse experience in private practice as well as psychology consulting to the private sector in Australia, USA and UK. Christine is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
A published Author of the book ‘BE by Design: How I BE Is Up to Me’, certified HeartMath coach, craniosacral therapist, somatic prenatal and birth therapist and accredited NLP trainer, Christine is passionate about, and dedicated to working alongside couples and families to embrace the best version of themselves. She achieves this through the use of compassionate and empowering psychological solutions that are practical, easy to implement, and make a difference to people’s lives. Christine completed a PhD at Bond University, specialising in building secure attachment within relationships.
Christine draws upon a wide range of approaches in her counselling sessions, including: (i) enhanced bonding and attachment therapy for couples, families and individuals who want to create accountable and loving relationships; (ii) mindfulness to live in the present free of old conditioning, patterns, negative & unhelpful beliefs, stress, anxiety and depression; (iii) Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to address issues relating to self-esteem, self-worth and communication challenges; (iv) Positive Psychology; and (v) conscious parenting techniques for parents wanting to create healthy and unconditionally loving relationships with their children.
Dr Trish has over 25 years’ experience working with adults, adolescents, and children and their families. She has worked with children with disabilities and their families; in an early intervention programme for pre-school aged children; and with adults and their families.
Her entire psychology working life has been spent working within the Western suburbs of Melbourne, an area of highly diverse cultural populations, and high levels of social and economic disadvantage.
Dr Trish works with individuals with a wide variety of problems in living. This includes adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood management problems; victims of crime or other traumatic events; and those with difficulties in the area of weight management and overeating, as well as with couples. She operates her private practice from GP’s surgeries in the Western area of Melbourne.
Dr Trish is a trained specialist in the use of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) with individuals across disorders and age ranges. She is an expert in the provision of therapy interventions to individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, and those who have experienced traumatic events. She is also registered with Victims of Crime service agencies. In addition, she teaches and supervises psychology students at RMIT University.
Bulk billing under a Mental Health Care Plan is available by negotiation for patients in financial difficulties.
Masters in Psychology, Relationships Coach & Family Therapist
Hart Centre Certified
Hania Gorski is a highly skilled and engaging psychologist with 27 years’ professional counselling experience. She holds specialist qualifications as a relationship and family therapist with a special interest in supporting couples on their journey together.
Hania takes an integrative approach to counselling; she collaborates with her clients to meet their unique therapeutic needs and counselling goals, using a variety of tools and techniques. She supports her clients’ inner growth process through counselling and coaching, with an emphasis on developing strengths and a positive outlook, turning problems into opportunities. Each client can expect a warm and nonjudgmental environment with Hania, where they can be open and reassured while seeking guidance to address any issues they’d like to resolve.
Hania tailors counselling process by adapting a range of therapeutic and coaching approaches. They include: Systemic Therapy (Individual/Couple/Family), Imago Couples Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Existential/Phenomenological Therapy and Transactional Analysis (TA). Hania is strongly committed to helping her clients overcome life’s challenges with effective, practical counselling support.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Suzanne is a tertiary educated counsellor with post graduate training and an extensive 20 years’ experience in relationship, intimacy, sexuality and personal wellbeing counselling. She provides a professional and confidential service to clients wanting to explore issues of concern regarding sex, sexuality and relationships.
Suzanne is a certified Sex Educator and Sex Therapist with ASSERT (Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists 2009) and is a clinical member of AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapists). Suzanne applies Bowlby’s Attachment Theory & Family Systems Theory to assist clients in their efforts to improve their wellbeing and relationship effectiveness.
Clients are encouraged to learn about, and develop the capacity to shift perspectives, and to appreciate the importance of our relationships – how it impacts our development, sense of self, ability to deal with others, and mental health. That understanding their partner’s brain and attachment style can help them defuse conflict and build a secure relationship. Also trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, Suzanne utilises the Gottman Relationship Checkup and report to identify the relationships strengths and challenges, concerns and recommendations.
Sessions are available in person, or via telephone or Skype by arrangement.
Over 20 years Dee has worked with several hundred couples. Her passion for coaching couples was ignited because so many people who came to see her for help with anxiety, stress or depression, were actually caught up in conflict with their partner or spouse and it became clear that if she could help couples build a safe and sound emotional life together then anxiety and depression were significantly decreased and often disappeared.
Hence over many years her role as a couples counsellor and coach has evolved to provide couples with the learnings, understandings and skills which teach them: – how to soothe each other and keep loving feelings alive – how to recognize the cry for reassurance from their spouse – how to break the resentment cycle – how to remove the threat of break up and loss of family and loved ones – how to dissolve the pain of feeling unloved or unlovable – how to express concerns and talk to each other without destructive ridicule & on-going criticism and conflict
Dee’s starting point is to create a safe place for each partner to begin expressing concerns in a non-threatening, non-judgmental, warm and friendly setting. Whether it be in person in her counselling rooms, by telephone or Skyping online you will feel heard and understood. The first session will put you at ease and help you take the initial steps towards sorting things out. Most often taking this first step starts to alleviate the overwhelming pain and you can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Dee also counsels in Anger management, Stress Management, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anxiety relief for individuals and utilises Mindfulness, Guided Relaxation and other mainstream therapeutic modalities.
Robyn has been practising for 30 years as a Registered Individual and Relationship Psychologist. She provides the space for clients to be heard and listened to in a safe and productive setting. Her style is caring and strategic. She also works as a Life Coach, dealing with issues of stress, work/ life balance and resilience training.
Her passion is to teach couples how to “fireproof “ their relationship through learning the skills of communication and conflict resolution, and providing them with a template for resolving past and future challenges with a new found confidence.
Robyn often sees couple relationships troubled by poor communication skills; an inability to resolve conflict; difficulty in making joint decisions; trust and infidelity issues; different approaches to parenting styles, money, sex and extended families as well as problems associated with separation and divorce.
She works with both individuals and couples to discover new ways of experiencing themselves and their relationships that are rewarding and fulfilling. Her approach draws predominantly from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Solution Focused and Brief Therapy.
She works with Face to Face counselling as well as Skype, Email and Phone Counselling.
Robyn has run Couples Workshops, Pre-Marital Education for Engaged Couples and Weight Awareness programs. She has attended a wide variety of Conferences and Workshops over the years both in Australia and Internationally.
Katie is a registered psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has 10 years’ experience in individual, couple and group therapy. She is also a trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Filial Therapy (Child-Parent Relationship Therapy).
Katie works with children, adolescents, adults and couples in both short and long term counselling. Katie’s personal philosophy is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship that is firmly based on openness and acceptance. She brings a unique perspective on dealing with client’s difficulties through multiple lenses, while keeping a dedicated and strength-based approach for all clients. Her therapeutic style follows and integrative approach that is tailored to each client’s individual needs. She draws on various types of interventions including Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, CBT, ACT, Solution Focussed Therapy and Mindfulness.
Katie has a special interest in relationship counselling and has extensive experience working with FIFO workers to improve their relationships and adjust to the difficulties associated with having regular time apart. Her areas of interest and expertise include: conflict and anger management, stress, affairs or other breaches of trust, trauma and grief. Katie also assists couples with parenting support and is experienced with helping clients to understand their parenting style and work together using each other’s strengths.
Katie strives to ensure a safe and confidential environment is maintained at all times. She enjoys helping clients to solve their own problems and develop the full potential of their relationship.
Morgan is a perceptive and thoughtful counsellor with over 14 years of professional experience. He is a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia, Australian Society of Sex Educators and Research Therapists NSW, and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
He teaches and supervises counselling students. Prior to working in private practice, Morgan has a substantial background working in management and consultancy in the public and private sectors. Morgan provides effective therapeutic support to adults, couples and families.
Morgan is strongly committed to helping his clients make positive changes in their lives and their relationships. His genuine and understanding manner enables his clients to freely discuss and work through their concerns. He has a client centred approach and provides a quiet, focused atmosphere in his sessions. Morgan supports his clients to create lasting changes with the issue at hand and gives his clients the tools and strategies to help them now and into the future.
Each session with Morgan is focused on his client’s needs by starting where the client is at. Morgan incorporates Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Solution-Focused therapy in his practice to address a variety of concerns in a way which is meaningful for each of his clients.
Mariel is a registered psychologist with over 19 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, families, and elderly clients. She helps her clients develop therapeutic goals and works with them to achieve lasting change. Drawing on her own experience of life transitions, she brings a personal perspective to counselling, helping people from different cultural backgrounds.
Mariel’s friendly and practical approach creates a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore difficulties and realise positive change. She is exceptionally qualified in couples counselling, and in helping couples sort through the issues and dysfunctional patterns that prevent them enjoying their relationships. She believes that the nearly all troubled relationships can be assisted to regain the openness, joy and flow that are the hallmarks of health.
Mariel’s doctoral thesis was on migration and the psychological identities that this experience creates. She tutored in psychology at Swinburne University and counselled at the university’s Psychology Clinic. She was also a crisis counsellor at a suicide line. In her early career she worked in community settings, counselling families and individuals dealing with child protection and parenting, suicide risk, mental health and relationships issues. Later she supported those living with dementia, their families and carers, through counselling and educational activities targeting the general public and volunteers.
For the last decade Mariel has worked in private practice and for the last seven years she has specialised in couples counselling and family counselling. She has helped couples with relationship difficulties better manage the personal issues with children and family during marriage, separation, and divorce.
Mariel is fluent in Spanish.
Mariel’s areas of expertise Mariel has experience and training in assisting clients with a broad spectrum of presenting concerns, including:
– Relationships – communication, infidelity, and relationship dissatisfaction – Family breakdown, including divorce and related difficulties – Parenting and family issues – Support for families and carers affected by mental illness or physical illness – Peri- and post-natal depression – Depression – Grief and loss – Anxiety, including social anxiety – Generalised anxiety and perfectionism – Obsessions and compulsions – Post-traumatic stress – Self-esteem – Stress and burnout – Difficulties of adjustment to life transitions – Career challenges – return from parental leave, career change, redundancy – Work/life balance – Working with cultural diversity, cultural values and beliefs
Therapeutic approaches Depending on her client’s needs and preferences Mariel uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including:
Helena is a Relationship Counsellor and Clinical Psychosexual Therapist. She specialises in supporting couples and individuals to overcome relationship difficulties, and enhance and maintain sexuality and intimacy across all life stages. She is available to meet with individuals and with couples who are experiencing general relationship difficulties, and those with problems related to sexuality, sexual functioning and intimacy.
With an established career as a specialist cancer and breast cancer nurse, Helena also has a special interest in sexual functioning and intimacy for women and men who have undergone treatment for cancer and other significant illness. Helena is married with three adult children, and is a first time Grandmama of a beautiful two-year-old grandson.
She works as a Clinical Sexologist / Counsellor in both Bunbury and Perth, in a Psychology and Counselling practice managed by her and her husband.
As well as her private practice, Helena works in a GP practice in Fremantle, and with a specialist Gynaecological clinic in Leederville. She also works with a not-for-profit organisation providing counselling support for those with an intellectual and/or physical disability and those on the autism spectrum.
Fully registered AMHSW, BSW, PostGrad Dip Edu, M Econ.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Marlena has a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental therapy approach, which she uses to create a safe and supportive space for you heal your relationship. She feels honoured when her clients share their sensitive and vulnerable parts of themselves as they work towards healing their relationships.
With her authentic, curious, and gentle challenging style, Marlena encourages healing, relationship repair, and growth.
Marlena finds great pleasure in working with couples. Her personal and professional journey of healing and growth has shown her how essential healthy relationships are to our happiness and wellbeing.
She believes that we all get a bit stacked at times and require support. Marlena recognises that relationships are complex and can bring both joy and hurt; and that it is through relationships that we heal, grow, and live satisfying lives.
With over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families, Marlena has the expertise to help you heal.
She has been trained and worked with a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based techniques, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Choosing approaches uniquely suited to you and your concerns, Marlena will help you solve your problems whether you are an individual or a couple. She uses whichever techniques are most likely to bring you a more rewarding relationship and a happier life.
In addition to helping individuals and couples resolve relationship issues, Marlena has worked intensively with issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, various addictive behaviours, including problematic gambling, eating disorders, grief and loss, mental health, abuse, self esteem, stigma, and parenting difficulties.
Marlena is bilingual and can counsel in both English and Polish and is a registered Medicare Provider.
Linda has been researching in social and mental health and practising in specialised work with couples for almost 7 years. Linda is dedicated to helping individuals explore what might be holding them back from enjoying and engaging in love, in life, and in relationships. Each counselling session provides a safe space where clients feel heard, supported, and not judged for who they are, what they do, and how they relate to others.
In couples counselling, Linda works collaboratively with her clients to help them express what they need in their intimate relationships to feel safe, secure, and uniquely valued.
Linda has a strong interest in relationship issues resulting from affairs and betrayals, depression, chronic illness, intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, and problems with sexual and emotional intimacy. She is also committed to working with clients who are experiencing conflict arising from major life transitions (e.g., births, deaths, marriages, children leaving home, starting school, relocation, job changes and retraining), and in the prevention of intimate partner violence.
Linda uses a range of therapeutic approaches to suit her clients’ needs. These include Emotion Focused Therapy, Integrative Behavioural Therapy, Bowen’s Family Systems Approach, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Behavioural Activation.
Linda is passionate about supporting her clients to create new meaning and opportunities in life.
Linda feels very lucky to have found a career that she is passionate about. It never feels like going to work for her as counselling is her heartfelt passion. To be able to assist couples and individuals to meet their true potential, and heal along the way, is so humbling and magical to watch.
She values the importance of providing a warm inviting therapy space that individuals and couples feel they can relax and confide in, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Having engaged in therapy herself, she knows what it is like to sit on the other side of the therapy couch and feel the vulnerability of being human, flaws and all, and to explore difficult truths about oneself but also how freeing it is to learn to embrace self-compassion, confidence and self-expression as part of the therapy journey.
Investing in yourself, or your relationship, by attending therapy is never time wasted and you don’t have to do it alone – Linda is here to guide you on your counselling journey. She has personally counselled thousands of individuals and couples throughout her 13 year career and takes a lot of pride in helping people to transform their lives.
Linda works with a holistic approach to counselling and aims to help you to improve the significant relationships in your life – including the primary relationship with yourself. She has a diverse collection of counselling modalities that she can adapt to be able to cater for individual or couples needs as they arise.
She has been trained by some the world’s best therapists and in different modalities, including the Gottman Couples Methods and she will often use the Gottman Relationship Check Up to help couples to get to the nitty-gritty of what is going on for both parties in the relationship and work from there. She has completed Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to an advanced level and uses this daily in her practice.
Another technique Linda has found to be positive is the use of a therapy dog – she often joins in the sessions and makes people feel relaxed and comfortable. A French Bulldog welcome is not to everyone’s liking and that is completely fine – she respects her client/s choice and the dog will not be present if not invited.
Linda has consciously chosen the quaint riverside suburb of Bulimba as her office location. Bulimba combines village charm with contemporary elegance and the suburb is home to a classic old cinema, art galleries and bookshops, alfresco eateries which provide many options to explore and grab a coffee or bite to eat and relax around an appointment.
Linda’s interest in the area of Sex Therapy has continued to grow as it became apparent to her that separating sex therapy from relationship and individual counselling is difficult and combining the two can help reduce the amount of time that people spend in therapy.
Chrisi is currently only seeing clients via Video Counselling.
Chrisi is a warm and insightful therapist with over 11 years of experience as a psychologist in private practice. She adopts an empowering and non-judgmental approach to couples therapy whereby clients feel respected, heard, understood, supported and validated. In therapy, Chrisi draws on a broad range of evidence-based psychological treatments. Experience with an extensive range of therapeutic modalities allows Chrisi to adopt an integrative approach to therapy that is flexible and collaborative. Chrisi tailors her treatments to suit each person and their goals, in order to cultivate a personalized service that resonates with both partners and their unique needs.
Chrisi has received training from world leaders in couples therapy and research. This is an area where current knowledge in best-practice approaches is important. Her approach is guided by therapies shown by research to be effective for couples with deeply entrenched issues or who are in significant distress, as well as for couples at the other end of the spectrum who are seeking to enhance their relationship and improve wellbeing.
Chrisi provides clients with relevant insight, knowledge and skills that support them to change unhelpful relationship patterns, respond productively to relationship difficulties, and ultimately build healthier and more satisfying bonds. Chrisi values supporting clients to better manage conflict and distress. She has extensive experience helping couples to improve their relationship and respond to problems in ways that serve as vehicles for closeness, rather than driving them apart. Her approach to relationship counselling can also help partners to clarify ambivalence or uncertainty about their relationship, to heal relationship injuries and to better function together as a team.
In addition to working with couples, Chrisi has a particular affinity for working with clients experiencing relationship breakdowns, requiring support with dating, encountering difficulty forming or maintaining relationships, and those experiencing recurrent relationship patterns. Chrisi is passionate about supporting clients to gain a deeper level of insight into these patterns, and a greater capacity to engage in alternate responses. Common relationship patterns she helps clients break include: repeatedly dating (physically or emotionally) unavailable partners, sabotaging relationships, experiencing intense jealousy or mistrust, fear of abandonment, dependency, avoiding closeness and intimacy, or avoiding relationships all together.
Chrisi also regularly works with sexual problems, and issues that can contribute to relationship strain including depression, anxiety, infertility, grief and addiction. She provides a safe and inclusive space to explore relationship concerns and works with same-sex couples as well as heterosexual couples.
Chrisi’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours. During her training, Chrisi received the Australian Psychological Society Prize and a University Medal. She is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Peter provides relationship counselling in Sydney’s inner west at Five Dock. Peter’s life experience and extensive training in different counselling methodologies brings an ability to understand systemic conflict and developmental trauma. He adapts his coaching role to the specific direction a couple might seek. Over the last 10 years Peter has applied his warm, sensitive and caring approach to support individuals and couples as they struggle with important life decisions, challenges and purpose.
Peter invests his enthusiasm and energy into identifying each person’s strengths, from which he can guide rebuilding trust in marital distress. The joy from seeing a person awaken to a new reality in life is what Peter strives to achieve. A couple can expect to benefit from a reinvigorated vitality and intimacy with their partner. Peter’s approach uses the latest neurobiological understandings and emotional underpinnings of human functioning to help each person or couple be the best they want to be for themselves, each other and their children. Sometimes it is desirable for one partner to resolve personal challenges that severely impact family relationships. In which case Peter can offer individual therapy.
Peter’s clinical work and ongoing personal development has focussed on building a critical reflective capacity to enhance one’s resilience to the everyday life struggles that sometimes overwhelm. He has specialisation certificates in neuropsychotherapy, trauma therapy, emotionally-focussed therapy, emotion-focussed and transpersonal expressive therapy, developmental couple therapy, prepare/enrich couple and parenting education, Positive Lifestyle Program facilitation and professional supervision. His ongoing professional development has focussed on couple therapies, trauma treatment, relationship repair, attachment disruptions and resolution, internal family systems theory, transactional analysis, narrative therapy, monitoring self-harm and suicidal ideation, personality disorder support, understanding psychosis, dealing with child sexual abuse and veteran mental health.
Peter is motivated to honour and foster the spiritual, cultural and philosophical orientation of each person, as a pathway towards their resilience in life. He respects all forms of gender relationships and has sensitivity to multicultural and multifaith perspectives.
Please note that Peter does not offer Medicare or private health fund rebates.
Psych (UCLA); M.S Couns (CSULB); PhD (Univ. of Melbourne)
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Elizabeth takes a collaborative, mindful, and individually-tailored approach to therapy, engaging with her clients in a joint effort to resolve personal and interpersonal stressors. Coming from a long line of mental health practitioners in her own family, Elizabeth grew up with a passion for mental wellbeing and an understanding that life often oscillates between periods of balance and imbalance, sometimes requiring extra support.
Approaching therapy from a holistic point of view, Elizabeth focuses on the mind, body, and sociocultural factors known to affect mental health and relationships. She uses both her clinical and scientific backgrounds to help clients communicate their needs, identify their strengths, and build long-term strategies for well-being. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Elizabeth also offers therapy in Spanish (ofrece terapia en español).
In 2013, Elizabeth completed a Master’s in Counselling with a speciality in Marriage and Family Therapy, which included particular emphasis on understanding complex relationship dynamics and effective strategies to assist couples and families through periods of stress.
Prior to moving to Melbourne in 2015, Elizabeth worked as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas with couples and adults. Throughout her career, she has supported both same- and opposite-sex couples in working through communication-style mismatches, periods of emotional disconnection, infidelity and mistrust, medical stressors such as HIV+ diagnoses, financial stress, and child rearing conflicts.
Elizabeth has also worked as a substance abuse counsellor for teens and is passionate about supporting the well-being of adolescents. She is skilled in supporting both teens and parents of teens during this important developmental stage. In addition, Elizabeth has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, gender identity stress, and addiction, including conducting regular substance dependent support groups and completing a specialized suicide intervention training (ASIST).
Since beginning her Ph.D. in 2015, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to researching mindfulness-based treatment interventions and the impact these have on mental health, sleep, and biological markers of stress such as cortisol and inflammation. She has several scientific articles published in leading psychology journals and frequently gives public talks and lectures about the health benefits of psychological treatment interventions.
As a licensed provisional psychologist, Elizabeth uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help her clients. She draws from Mindfulness, which focuses on staying present to your experiences, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helps you identify and explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which helps couples have more empathy for each other so they can build deeper connections. Elizabeth also works from an Attachment Theory perspective, which means understanding the type of bond you had with your parents while growing up and how this plays out in your relationships.
She looks forward to working with you towards restoring balance in your life.
BA (Hons) (Psych); B. Pharm; M.Soc Sci; Dip Clin Hyp; Grad Dip Ed
Hart Centre Certified
Jenny is a very experienced psychologist in Melbourne, registered in 1983. She has worked as an adult educator, training a range of community welfare staff in counselling techniques, and tutoring medical practitioners in the use of hypnotherapy. This educative orientation translates to a focus on empowering individuals and partners in making the positive changes they want to see, in their lives and in their relationships.
As part of the requirements for her Master’s degree, Jenny’s thesis focused on the way in which a person’s experience in their family of origin affects their partnerships (Imago theory). Jenny uses methodologies based on this orientation in the course of her work with individuals and couples, including helping partners to clarify their vision of relationship, and to improve their communication skills so that distortions in understanding are reduced.
As well as being a psychologist, Jenny has a pharmacy degree, and is skilled in identifying those ways in which a person’s use of medication can affect how they function in relationships. She is experienced in collaboration with medical practitioners, in order to assist clients with clinical depression and/or anxiety.
In approach, Jenny is supportive, inclusive and egalitarian, and assists clients from diverse backgrounds and a full range of gender orientations and nominations.
She is able to provide facilities for onsite Eftpos and Medicare claiming.
Jenny was married for 26 years, but is now widowed, with two young adult children.
Hailee is a qualified, registered and experienced relationship counsellor whose understanding and empathic demeanor makes counselling a natural choice for her. Hailee’s clients and colleagues describe her as a kind, compassionate, but sassy and straight forward person.
Hailee works with couples and individuals across all aspects of relationships. You can expect to be made feel welcome and fully accepted in Hailee’s office. You will learn better ways to be together and intentionally create the kind of relationship that you are longing for.
Hailee does not take a one size fits all approach to counselling and is committed to helping her clients see sustainable and long-term changes in their lives. Trained by Drs John & Julie Gottman in the Gottman Couples Therapy Method, Hailee has a current and evidence-based approach to her work. Her education and 7 years of clinical work supplies her with a vast amount of knowledge and experience to draw upon.
MSc Psych Couns & Psychotherapy; Cert HE Counselling and Counselling Skills
Hart Centre Certified
Mark is an experienced therapist with eight years of clinical experience. He has undertaken a rigorous five-year training in London, UK leading to qualification with a Master of Science in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2012. Mark has previously been employed in a public hospital in London, UK seeing GP or self-referrals in an out-patients department. He has also practised as a therapist in National N.G.O’s, independent organisations and universities. Since emigrating to Australia Mark has moved solely into private practice and currently works with individuals and couples.
Mark has a strong passion, interest and enthusiasm in relationship counselling for both individuals and couples.
Mark’s primary areas of interest are relationship counselling for individuals and couples. Mark has been trained from a psychodynamic perspective. Psychodynamic therapy can be useful in linking a client’s current troubling thoughts, feelings and experience of relationships with their patterns of behaviour. Any current issues are also understood and explored in relation to any contributory or underlying factors from past life experience. These areas form the focus of the work and the aim is to facilitate personal growth, self-awareness and behavioural change.
Mark has developed an interest in attachment theory as a means to further understand relationship behaviour and distress in his couple work. He is keen to understand how you relate to yourself and as a couple and how this links into the way you both cope with issues and difficulty as a couple. Mark aims to enable his couple clients to develop insight into the underlying meanings behind their behaviour and from this to develop themselves within their relationship gaining confidence/capacities to take risks, adapt and improve their patterns of communication, listen with understanding and be more open with each other in order to feel more connected and lead more fulfilling relationships.
Mark is particularly interested in working with couples around relationship issues and communication difficulties and marriage therapy. Mark also has interest working within the perinatal period (from fertility issues, conception through to young pre-school families). As Mark focuses on attachment needs within the couple it’s important that couples have no romantic attachment interest other than each other.
In his individual practice Mark is interested in working with relationship issues, life changes or transitions, persistent depression or anxiety, medically unexplained physical symptoms, sexual identity issues, problem porn use and trauma recovery.
Mark is a warm, measured, engaging person with an actively curious manner that assists him in working with his clients as they work towards developing themselves individually and in how they function within their relationships. He is married with a young, primary school-aged family. As well as face-to-face appointments for couples and individuals, Mark is happy to take phone or skype appointments for individuals.
BA (Psych); Grad Dip Psych; Grad Cert Psych Prac, M.Nursing; MClin Psych (in progress)
Hart Centre Certified
Russell is friendly, compassionate and an experienced Psychologist/Relationship Counsellor. Russell became a Registered Psychologist in 2005, this is also the year he started work at Relationships Australia. Russell has an extensive background in couples counselling through work at Relationships Australia, IVFAustralia and private practice.
Russell completed Level I, II and III Certification training at The Gottman Institute in Seattle, USA. The Gottman Institute is world-renowned, having conducted intensive, long-term scientific studies into why marriages succeed or fail.
Russell also completed training in Emotion Focused Therapy (another evidence-based form of couples therapy). Russell completed training by Dr Leslie Greenberg (a Canadian Psychologist and one of the primary developers of Emotion Focused Therapy).
Russell also uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing when he is helping individuals who have anxiety, depression or stress.
Russell works collaboratively with individuals and couples so that the sessions are tailored to meet the clients’ needs. He seeks to empower clients.
Particular areas that Russell is very experienced in:
Individual and/or couples counselling to help people manage conflict using evidence-based strategies.
Training in communication skills.
Improving a couples’ friendship and connection. Increasing intimacy.
Individual and/or couples counselling to help people cope with step-family dynamics.
Helping to re-build trust after the disclosure of an affair.
Individual and/or couples counselling to help people deal with infertility or sterility.
Supporting clients who have experienced a miscarriage.
Helping individuals to cope with separation/divorce. Grief and loss counselling.
Counselling adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Helping clients who have anxiety, depression or stress.
Helping men who are struggling.
Are you feeling unhappy about your relationship? Are you arguing about the same issues and unable to reach a solution? On average people wait 6 years before seeking help with a relationship problem. The longer a problem persists, the greater the resentment builds towards your partner.
Seeking help can feel confronting. People are sometimes anxious because they don’t know what will happen in couples counselling. Russell knows that this can be a very difficult time. If you could use some support, Russell would like to help.
Russell provides face to face sessions in the Sydney CBD on Sundays. Russell can also provide Skype or Zoom sessions for on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Eligible patients in rural and remote areas (Modified Monash Model areas 4-7) can now access Medicare rebates (with an appropriate referral) when the person has an individual session with a Psychologist via videoconference.
B.Soc.Sci (Couns); M.HIV,STI,Sexual Health (Couns)
Hart Centre Certified
Heidi is an experienced Sexologist and Relationship Therapist who believes everyone is entitled to a fulfilling sex life and relationship no matter an individual’s background, gender or sexual preference. With over 10 years’ experience in sexual health and counselling, Heidi specialises in supporting couples and individuals who are dissatisfied with their sexual functioning such as low libido, loss of desire/interest in sex, anorgasmia (inability to orgasm), dyspareunia (painful intercourse), vaginismus, sexual identity, sexual orientation, self esteem, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation with a focus on pleasure, connection and education in sexuality.
Heidi works with the different dynamics between the people in the relationship to assist with better communication and connection while understanding there is no-one-size-fits-all when is comes to therapy. Heidi works with couples in areas of intimacy and building trust after an affair, conception support, sex in long term relationships, cultural and religious factors that may be affecting the relationship, improving communication, self esteem, new relationships, conflict resolution and moderate depression and anxiety.
Heidi understands the sensitivity and difficulty people experience when dealing with relationship and sexual issues. She prides herself on providing a safe, confidential and respectful environment to assist people to address these issues. Heidi works with a solution focused approach combined with evidence based strategies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to assist clients in managing thoughts, behavioural patterns and work towards outcomes that best suit the individual/couples situation and needs. Heidi’s approach in therapy helps clients achieve awareness in their sexual health, better communication in their relationships and re-learn sexual techniques and behaviours.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Adam is an engaging and accomplished clinical psychologist with many years’ experience. In addition to his private practice, Adam has worked in the public and private sectors. Adam provides effective therapeutic support to a range of diverse clients including adults, couples, adolescents and children.
Adam brings warmth and compassion to his work with clients. He is committed to helping his clients build self-awareness and develop effective strategies to address their concerns. By identifying core values and goals, Adam’s clients learn ways to overcome barriers and pursue a better life. Adam provides a nonjudgmental environment where clients feel safe and encouraged as they engage in the counselling process.
Each session with Adam is tailored to meet the clients’ personal therapeutic needs. He incorporates many models of counselling into his practice, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
B. Soc Sc (Psych); Grad Dip Health Ed; M. App Psych; Grad Dip Som Psych;
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Alison has worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist for the past 18 years. Her clinical work has been with individuals, couples, young people and their families. Alison feels passionate about working with couples and relationships and believes that with skilled and empathic support couples can gain insight, resolve conflict and improve and deepen their relationship.
Alison has experience working with individuals and relationships around issues such as communication including anger and jealousy, breaches of trust, lack of emotional intimacy, financial difficulties and the stresses involved in raising children. Alison has also worked closely with blended families and families where they have taken on the care of foster children.
Alison has completed training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, relationship counselling, trauma informed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and in addition uses mindfulness to support clients in achieving positive therapeutic and relationship outcomes. Along with her private practice Alison has worked within community health, local government and educational settings providing counselling, group work and health education. She has also worked in the foster care system supporting couples manage the transition of caring for children with trauma.
Alison is a warm, empathic and skilled psychologist. She tailors her approach to meet the needs of her clients and the issues they bring. Alison also ensures that clients develop practical relational skills that they can utilise away from the session to support them in problems solving, improving their communication and growing their emotional intimacy.
B.BSci (Psych); Grad Dip Arts (App Psych); Grad Cert Alcohol & Other Drugs;
Hart Centre Certified
Jerty has been registered as a psychologist for over 16 years.. She has worked in multiple roles in psychology and management (including managing a counselling, youth and mental health teams). One of her specialities is relationship counselling and she operates from the Melbourne Outer Eastern region.
Jerty enjoys working with a range of clients including children, adolescents and adults from various multicultural backgrounds. They often present with diverse psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, anger management problems, psychiatric issues, trauma, interpersonal conflicts and many more.
Her ultimate therapeutic goal is to assist clients in unleashing their own potential and overcome and/or manage their psychological and other issues so that they can live a fulfilled and meaningful live. Jerty provides a therapeutic environment that is conducive to healing and empowerment through her compassionate, warm, non-judgemental and caring approaches.
Jerty is particularly passionate about assisting couples and others dealing with interpersonal issues to develop skills to improve their own resilience, self-esteem whilst enhancing their communication styles and managing conflict. She not only loves to assist clients in addressing their relationship problems but also in deepening and enriching their relationships to promote sustainable growth and happiness.
She employs an integrative, holistic and flexible approach in her psychology practice and uses an array of scientifically proven techniques to assist clients. These include a client focused approach, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, attachment, acceptance commitment therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness mediation, and many others.
Irene recognises the privileged position she has in facilitating an open dialogue between partners within a framework of evidence-based psychological care. Her belief is that our innate desire to connect and love is the cornerstone of a healthy identity and lifestyle.
Tailoring her approach to the treatment goals and needs of clients, Irene utilises a combination of sex therapy and psychology to enhance a couples understanding of their relationship patterns and works together to identify mutually satisfying outcomes.
Irene is available for, and experienced in LGBTQI+ counselling, and has previously volunteered at Twenty10 / Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service NSW.
William specialises in individual and couples counselling. He has been in the field for 29 years and loves working with relationships and families.
William provides incredible safety where people can clarify expectations, be clear in their communication and understand what it is they want from their relationships and move towards that in ways that are empowering. William provides practical ways to help partners move forward, to create connection, that strengthen relationships. William is non-judgemental in his approach and offers an unbiased service. Previous clients have given him five stars out five reviews.
Dianna is an experienced Counselling Psychologist, Couple Counsellor and Fertility Counsellor in Melbourne. She is passionate about relationship counselling and creates strong connections with her clients through transparency, respect and mutual reciprocal communication. Her clients feel comfortable in the knowledge that they are able to open up about their concerns or issues significantly impacting their relationship in a safe and confidential environment. The mutual respect and reciprocal nature of Dianna’s approach allows her to use a variety of evidence based practices and techniques to help her clients get to a place that is healthier and happier through developing respect and understanding. Dianna has helped hundreds of people in this way over the past 20 years.
Dianna’s passion in helping couples recognise what they are bringing to the relationship and the impact it has on themselves, as well as their partner, is the foundation of her approach. This has seen her help many couples improve their communication, resolve long-standing disagreements, address their fertility needs, develop trust and respect, overcome struggles with sex and intimacy, move through life transitions, navigate family influences or to reconnect.
In Addition, Dianna’s interest and extensive knowledge in working with romantic relationships is extended to working with family relationships, friendships, relationships at work, small businesses and partnerships. As a registered and qualified Counselling Physiologist she works with individuals and families in successfully helping them to deal with a variety of needs, such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, anger, narcissism, emotions, fears, indecision, sensitivity and troubles related to work and career.
Finally, Dianna has led group programs that have helped people to improve their self-awareness, sensitivity, understanding of how they perceive the world, IVF and Fertility. Dianna prefers to collaborate with her clients and engage them in open and honest discussions around their main areas of focus, the duration of the work, how progress will be reviewed, and what success looks like. Dianna’s clients are active participants in the therapeutic process and ultimately, in their own healing beyond the counselling room. Dianna is able to offer face-to face, SKYPE-based and telephone-based meetings.
Janet is an experienced psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist in Melbourne, who has been consulted by couples and individuals in her private practice for more than 25 years. She is able to work with the broad range of issues that people present with and has training in a variety of psychological approaches to help get clients moving and evolving again in a happier and healthier direction.
Clients find she has a warm, empathic and non-judgemental approach which allows them to safely explore their issues. She also has a fine understanding of the importance of relationships in people’s lives, for their sense of well-being, happiness and health. She knows how painful and stressful it can be when these relationships founder, and she recognises the courage involved in taking the step to seek help. Janet worked full-time at Relationships Australia for six years at the beginning of her career, and has also been trained in individual therapy. She is also experienced in working with female same-sex couples, and with people suffering from childhood traumas.
Janet also has several years experience conducting Skype consultations.
Linda is a qualified Counsellor and has a passion in working with individuals and couples with challenging life events including; rediscovering connection within a couple’s relationship, dealing with betrayal and loss of trust, rebuilding after separation, those who are struggling with anxiety and anger issues.
Linda’s warm and caring nature, assists clients to explore their issues, empowering them to reach their full potential and live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Linda has a personable way of connecting with clients that allows them to feel comfortable and safe, where they can explore and clarify their concerns. Linda is committed to supporting her clients from a place of acceptance and non-judgement. She values and respect each client’s beliefs, values and personal choices and accepts them as unique individuals.
Linda uses evidence-based counselling models and tailors her approach, depending on what they are wanting to gain from participating in therapy. She integrates therapeutic approaches that include Person-Centred (personal needs), Cognitive (thoughts), Solution-Focused (strategies), Emotion-Focused (feelings) and Psychodynamic (past patterns).
If you are seeking to become healthier, more trusting, confident, kind and wanting to be more emotionally available in your relationships and within yourself, Linda is the skilled counsellor who will support your journey.
Terry is one of Melbourne’s leading couples counsellors in the South Eastern suburbs; specialising in relationships, couples counselling and parenting. As a therapist, she enjoys getting to know couples at a deeper level.
She provides truly empathetic support as she journeys with her clients through a variety of challenges they face, providing them with real and practical tools to manage conflict, deepen their connection and strengthen friendship and intimacy. Key to the success of Terry’s work is relating to both partners with equity and empathy, helping them to repair, rebuild and connect.
Whether you are looking to deepen your relationship, recover from an affair, manage ongoing conflicts, work through financial issues, work through addictions, deal with family issues, external stresses on the relationship, or many other issues facing couples; Gottman therapy is designed to teach you the tools to manage these and deepen the bond and happiness in your relationship.
Sessions focus on the couples immediate needs as well as the goals they have set out in their plan which we develop together. We learn about key tools and practice using these.
Kirsty is a Registered Psychologist with 10 years of clinical experience working with adults, couples and adolescents presenting with a range of psychological symptoms within community mental health settings and vocational rehabilitation.
She prioritizes the therapeutic relationship with each person to create a safe and empathic environment as a base for exploring challenges and facilitating personal growth. Kirsty truly values the role that she has with each client and draws upon the strengths and values within each person to work towards their goals.
Kirsty has experience and a strong interest in working with those experiencing relationships issues, mood and anxiety distress, interpersonal and identity difficulties, loss and adjustment counselling, and trauma.
Kirsty draws upon evidence-based psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Trained as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, Natalie is an empathic, warm and caring counsellor, helping couples find new ways to communicate, resolve conflict and securely connect. Keenly curious about human relationships, Natalie began her career in marketing and journalism, writing articles about love and dating. Craving a deeper understanding of what makes relationships work, Natalie began a Master of Social Science, specialising in couples counselling. As a part of her post graduate training, Natalie completed Relationship Australia’s specialist course in Couple Therapy and specialised in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, which is a well-researched treatment modality for many different relationship problems and many different partners.
Natalie has worked with couples to help them overcome difficulties such as infidelity, negative patterns of communication, parenting, anxiety, depression, separation and loss, blended families, intimacy and sexuality, as well as other challenges that can cause stress to a relationship.
Using evidence-based Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Natalie will help you see your negative patterns as a couple and understand how they are causing you to feel stuck and frustrated. Natalie looks directly at the heart of a couple’s distress, identifying the issues that stop relationships from feeling deeply satisfying and allowing each partner to feel truly heard and understood. Natalie also works from an Attachment Theory perspective, which means understanding the type of bond you had with your parents while growing up and how this plays out in your relationships. Natalie works with couples to change negative patterns, address communication blocks and transform their relationship into a more loving and caring connection.
Rose is a highly qualified counsellor and life coach with over 14 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and couples. She has extensive experience working with a broad range of issues such as communication issues, sexual issues, affairs, feeling disconnected, grief and separation, parenting and family issues, as well as anger, stress, depression, anxiety, self – esteem issues, addictions and more.
Rose’s holistic approach moves clients forward quickly and successfully. By acknowledging and addressing the root of problems, she provides clients with the tools to create permanent, positive change in their lives while encouraging a greater sense of self-awareness. Open minded, compassionate and respectful, Rose is committed to helping people improve their wellbeing by resolving conflict and developing effective communication and problem-solving skills. The ultimate aim is for clients to experience a more fulfilling life, better relationships and a deeper understanding of themselves.
Rose combines both eastern and western therapies and her highly effective approach is based on addressing all aspects of wellbeing including mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Some of the therapies Rose utilises include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness – Based Therapy, Eye Movement Therapy, Stress Management and Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Rose is a Professional Counsellor, Life Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Time Line Therapist and Hypnotherapist.
Counsellor -ACA- IICT, Mediator Family & Corporate – AMA AIFLAM, Coach- ICF
Hart Centre Certified
Darleen has always remained attuned to the needs of others, listened to their concerns with a focus on solutions – renowned for ‘being there’ when it matters most and finding innovative ways out of the quagmire. Darleen is an active, innovative, energetic and accomplished activist with a history of achievement and results. If you want to talk over a universe of issues in life, Darleen is the women to talk to. People are looking for coping strategies and Darleen can provide the keys to unlocking the shackles that holds one back.
Darleen is keen to remain at the forefront of credibility and integrity in her chosen industry. As a certified professional, Darleen demonstrates her commitment to her clients. They always have the assurance that she not only knows what she is talking about, but she is dedicated to delivering solutions. Darleen works with many successful clients to achieve happiness.
Darleen is a down to earth woman who knows success in life and is often supported by those who love her most. She also recognizes the importance of self-growth in herself and others. Being a mother of three (3), a wife, a daughter and a grand mother of two (2) she knows the importance of strong and reliable relationships. These are the foundations that allow one the freedom to move forward with confidence.
Throughout her many and varied experiences, Darleen’s acute awareness of what works and what doesn’t has meant that she has been able to help others in developing their own successful strategies and procedures. From her experience of different types of counsellors and coaches, she noticed a more flexible, attuned and direct approach was needed to fully service the needs of individuals.
Eleni Neville is a qualified relationship counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, and educator. Eleni has gained relevant qualifications to support couples and individuals in times of distress and disconnection, as well as during transitionary life-stages. Eleni specialises in both individual and relationship/couple counselling.
For couples and relationships, she works with communication difficulties, loss of connection and intimacy, parenting tensions, blended families, cultural differences, affairs, separation and divorce, life-transitions, and grief and loss. She also has experience working with LGBTQI couples. Eleni supports couples to more deeply understand their relationship dynamics and patterns, to work towards accepting their differences, to attend to unresolved hurts, and to re-establish their emotional bonds.
For individuals, she has special interests and experience in pregnancy and postnatal care, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-esteem, grief and loss.
She has worked with specialised relationship services including Relationships Australia and Lifeworks, as well as in the area of perinatal mental health. She additionally holds a role as a sessional lecturer at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC). Her 15+ years of dedication to the field of therapy reflects her passion and inspiration for enhancing life experiences through self-growth, human-potential, meaningful relationships and responsibility. Eleni recognises our infinite capacity to heal from our wounds when faced with life’s challenges. She is motivated to support her clients to access their qualities of strength, courage, self-awareness and resilience.
Her therapeutic approach utilises frameworks from an integrative psychotherapy lens, including couple and family therapy, emotion-focused therapy, somatic therapies, mindfulness, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and neuroscience. She is a trauma-informed practitioner, and she has committed to years of professional development and supervision.
Eleni respects the uniqueness of each person’s experience. She is committed to developing a safe, non-judgemental, reflective and nurturing therapeutic experience to facilitate positive change. She is a compassionate, warm, attuned and sensitive therapist who takes care to attend to your deepest vulnerabilities.
Eleni can also provide counselling in the Greek language.
Chris has been working in the field of relationship counselling for 15 years. With his practice he brings a unique ability to help people make sense of their relationship difficulties in new ways.
With respect for the relationship and care for his clients Chris is able to support couples have conversations they may never have had. He then works together with his clients to find solutions which support the safety and well-being of everyone.
Chris draws from a variety of counselling theories and approaches which are chosen according to what his clients are looking for. He of particular interest in the areas of intimacy, communication, affairs, grief and loss and parenting and other family challenges.
While attending relationship counselling can feel daunting for people Chris strives to quickly develop a working relationship with both people. Clients will find that he prioritises their relationship and can find hope in some of the trickiest of situations.
Helena believes in using a strength based approach to help couples find the spark in their relationship which they lost. She helps to identify what is important and meaningful to each couple and uses this to inspire and motivate positive change in the relationship, while also teaching skills and strategies to help tackle life’s challenges.
Using an Integrated humanistic framework which is enshrined in the principles of self-empowerment is the overall aim of her therapeutic approach.
Helena is a clinician experienced in working with a diverse group of clients, including relationship counselling. She previously worked for NSW Health and NSW Attorney General as a psychologist previously. Helena holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Psychology (Neuropsychology); a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Counselling which included family therapy. She is also an Accredited EMDR therapist; and is accredited with Medicare as a Pregnancy Support Counsellor.
Helena is trained in Child Inclusive Mediation through Dr Jennifer McIntosh, and in addition, also has extensive background working in the trauma related field.
Hart Centre Certified (Reduced rate – $110 video counselling sessions)
Sharon has been practising as an individual and relationship counselling psychologist for 15 years and is passionate about working with individuals and couples to help them live a more meaningful and connected life.
She has worked in Australia and overseas, and therefore has a deep understanding of the main challenges facing couples from different cultures.
Sharon’s desire is to help clients build healthier, deeper and more satisfying relationships, and she focuses on empowering each individual to reach their full potential.
She is committed to working with individuals who present with a range of issues, including anxiety, stress, trauma, and cultural adjustment issues.
Sharon has a caring, warm and genuine nature that assists her in working with both individuals, and couples struggling in a relationship. Her relaxed style provides a comfortable and safe environment within which clients can explore their deeper issues and challenges.
She is passionate about helping couples feel more emotionally connected, more aware and in tune with each other’s needs, improving communication skills, managing and reducing conflict, dealing with betrayal and loss of trust, negotiating parenthood, and providing a deeper understanding of their situation and patterns so they are better equipped to deal with issues that may arise in the future.
Sharon uses a holistic and integrated approach and utilises a range of therapeutic techniques, tailoring therapy to suit each client’s needs. She views the therapeutic process as a journey where every participant works together to achieve the desired goals.
B.A. degree in Psych & History, Voc Grad Dip in Family Relationship Counselling
Hart Centre Certified
A family relationship counsellor with 18 years’ experience in relationship counselling and coaching, Wendy is described by her clients and colleagues alike as warm, genuine, non-judgemental and easy to talk to. Patient and with a capacity to hold hope, she brings to her work a deep-felt desire to support couples, families or individuals achieve stronger, happier, connected and respectful relationships.
Her easy collaborative style and patience helps create a safe and comfortable environment in which relationship issues or challenges can be explored.
Wendy has worked in many areas of counselling over the years and topics regularly explored in sessions include:
Managing conflict and dealing with communication problems (whether it’s the communication style or the issues themselves that are problematic)
Managing the impacts of different parenting styles on a relationship
Re-partnering and navigating the complex issues arising when living in a blended- or step- family
Painful separation and divorce issues – regrouping and navigating the way forward including the needs of children
Processing trust and betrayal issues
Dealing with the relationship challenges when a partner is very ill (physical health or mental health e.g. anxiety or depression) or has experienced trauma
Processing Grief and Loss
Dealing with intimacy or desire differences
Processing trust and betrayal issues
Extended family issues impacting the relationship e.g. cultural, health, aging
Transitioning to retirement issuese.g. differences in readiness for retirement, revitalising a long term relationship, differences in dealing with adult children who don’t want to flee the nest etc.
Wendy is well-acquainted with the work of a broad range of relationship specialists however her approach is strongly influenced by her extensive training in the evidence-based Emotionally Focussed Therapy (Dr Susan Johnson), and also in the Gottman method with Drs John and Julie Gottman. These models both provide ‘relationship roadmaps’ which clients regularly report are very helpful in sustaining the positive changes they have been looking to achieve or had not thought were possible.
Whilst face to face consults are a preference, Wendy has experience in telephone and Zoom/Skype counselling and is open to provide this service should this be appropriate.
Wendy is well known and committed to the relationship counselling industry. She is active member of MCEFT (Melbourne Community for Emotionally Focussed Therapy), a member (and past executive member) of MAREAA (Marriage and Relationship Education Association of Australia), a member of ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy) and a member of the ACA (Australian Counselling Association). She was on the editorial advisory board of the Threshold Magazine (previous national journal for relationship educators) and has been broadcast on TV, Channel 31, as a panel member on The Exchange.
Grad Dip Couns, Masters of Science in Medicine- Specialisation Psychosexual Therapy
Hart Centre Certified
Lauren is a Melbourne based sex therapist and believes sexuality should be celebrated, healthy, and positive. Her caring, calming, and non-judgemental approach creates a safe space for individuals and couples from any gender, sexual preference, and background. It is normal to be apprehensive when discussing such personal matters about sexuality, Lauren excels at making individuals and couples feel comfortable to open up.
She has worked as a sex and relationship therapist for three years and has a decade experience working with men and woman on their sexual health issues. These experiences along with her qualifications give her unique insight into sexuality and helping clients feel better about themselves and their relationships.
Her holistic therapeutic approach combines sex education, CBT, mindfulness, ACT, and Gottman theory to provide clients with the tools they need to resolve any sexual or relationship issues. Lauren’s approach can be goal oriented; which in turn helps clients achieve greater sexual confidence. She also educates clients on sexual health realities and has the ability to be flexible with each clients needs.
Lauren’s passion is working with couples on communicating better both in and out of the bedroom, mismatched libidos, and repairing infidelity. She is also passionate about working with anorgasmia, vaginismus, painful sex, kinks and fetishes, erectile dysfunction, as well as porn addiction.
John offers a path with a heart to understand and help you understand the difficulties you are experiencing and to instil ways of overcoming them – drawing on your own abilities and resources.
When we enter long term relationships, we do so with hope and optimism – with little thought of challenges that might arise. When confronted with these, many of us are able surmount them and our relationships bond into robust partnerships. Unfortunately when we encounter problems (whether because of unforeseen differences in beliefs or expectations, differences in child raising or in the face of pressures such as financial) these can stress or threaten our relationships – leading to a cycle of emotional distancing, communication difficulties, conflict, emotional estrangement, abuse or at worst violence.
In those instances where couples decide to separate, John respects this and offer separation counselling to enable a parting with as much respect and as little hurt to each party and their children.
I have had a Counselling and Therapy Practice for 47 years
Co-founder of Master of Counselling at ANU
Founder of First Professional Marriage Guidance Training Programme in the ACT
Supervisor of relationship counsellors in the ACT
Consultant to SA Marriage Guidance Council (now Relationships Australia) 1974 – 1978
Family Therapy and Relationship Training at McMasterUniversity
Founder of Master of Clinical Psychology at Adelaide University
Member of founding committees of SA Family Therapy Association and ASSERT (now Sexology Australia)
Linh is a registered Psychologist with more than 12 years experience working with individuals, families, children and couples. Previously, she had worked in the private and government health sectors providing support and counselling to individuals and families since 2002. Having been raised in Melbourne, Australia with Vietnamese heritage, Linh is fluent in Vietnamese in addition to English. Moreover, Linh has been with her husband for 24 years, she has a close relationship with her husband and her two children.
Linh is passionate about supporting and empowering her clients to create and maintain loving, trusting and respectful relationships. Linh’s personal style is described as friendly, gentle, caring and non-judgemental. Therapeutically, Linh’s approach to therapy is warm and creative, she combines diverse interventions and strategies that are tailored to suit the specific needs of her clients. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Supportive Person-Centre Therapy, Mindfulness and Strength-based Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy.
Achieving a loving, connected and trusting relationship is Linh’s ultimate relationship therapy goal. Linh has extensive experience working with couples in distress, including cross-cultural relationships that are affected by breaches of trust, affairs, compulsive behaviour, ADHD and addictions, intimacy and sexual problems, conflict and anger management, injuries and health crises, pain management, legal problems, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and loss/grief.
Having worked with families, children and couples for many years, Linh has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the complexities within a relationship at different levels of interaction.
Linh works closely with her clients by providing the knowledge and therapeutic tools or resources to achieve healthy, deepening and enriching relationships. She supports and encourages endless gentle and empathetic communications, deeper emotional connection and intimacy, an openness to share and embrace each other’s vulnerabilities and needs, and a willingness to work as a strong team, that is to accept no matter the problem – it is OUR problem to work through together.
Suffering is the base of happiness, those that have felt the deepest grief are best able to experience supreme happiness. Alexandre Dumas