Associate Program


Associate Psychologist program

We help high-quality psychologists grow their private practice.


At The Hart Centre we are a team of Psychologists who are passionate about relationships and professional excellence in our field.

Established by Psychologist, Julie Hart, our counselling group are all experienced Psychologists and Sex Therapists.

We have been in operation for 20 years and have 78 Associates across Australia; in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Wollongong, Wodonga, Central Coast, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Our mission is to be the most highly regarded relationship help service in Australia,  by delivering high quality counselling to clients and high quality referrals to our Associates.

We have our own Initial In-house relationship counselling training program, including Terry Real Relational Life Therapy Online Training Level 1 and annual In-house conferences, with world class speakers (see below for our speakers) and share our huge body of resources with all our members. We are also constantly seeking best practice methodologies.

We do not operate on a franchise model, so there are no large upfront fees for new Associates who join our group. Our business model is built on a fair and transparent  Win/Win/Win formula. We care about our therapists and our clients, and are always open to feedback and suggestions from our group that help improve and streamline our processes, services and conferences.

With a very high therapeutic success rate, combined with an effective marketing plan, we are experiencing huge demand and growth and are currently still expanding in Australia.

We are looking for Psychologists and Sex Therapists interested in relationship work, who are already in private practice in centres around Australia, to join our team via our Associate Program, as an adjunct to their current practice. If you are a counsellor with many years relationship and marriage counselling experience, you are welcome to put in an enquiry to speak to us further.



2018 – Janis Abrahms Spring (US) –
“Secrets, Cybersex, Infidelity & Forgiveness” – Hobart

2017 – Terry Real (US) –
“Couples on the Brink & Treating Narcissistic partners” – Hawaii

2016 – Robert Masters (US) –
“Transformation through Intimacy” – Gold Coast

2015 – David Wexler (US) –
“Understanding Male Psychology” – Sydney

2014 – Jennifer Fitzgerald (Aus) –
EFT: Essential Theory & Practice” – Brisbane

(Your Annual membership gives you free attendance and
meals at our conference each year)

You are our ideal Associate if you:

  • Enjoy couples work
  • Are already in Private practice
  • Would like to be trained, supervised, and supported in relationship methodologies by an experienced relationship Psychologist (optional)
  • Would like to have new client bookings made straight into your calendar
  • Would love to have a friendly collegial Australia-wide group of relationship psychologists to network with
  • Would like to attend cutting edge In-house conferences with world class speakers
  • Would like to have access to a huge body of shared resources
  • Would be thrilled about our reasonable joining fee and $360 annual fee (which includes your attendance at our conference)


Benefits of joining as a Hart Associate:

    • No franchising fees or large set-up costs
    • Marketing provided for you – including SEO, Ads, Google Places, Directory listing and more
    • Support of a group that care about their Associates
    • Paid by clients at the end of each session – no waiting
    • Competitive rates – no EAP work
    • Paid for your time if client’s ‘do not attend’ their first session
    • Low cancellation and ‘no show’ rates
    • New clients booked directly into your Google calendar (other calendar’s may be available on request)
    • Set your own work days and appointment times
    • Full control over your practice hours and holidays
    • The choice of various types of counselling you’d like to offer
    • Access to world-class training and resources
    • No minimum terms or lock in contracts
    • Referrals regularly provided to help you build your practice, without the hassle of managing office staff, marketing, website and appointment booking.


Our Associate Program Includes:

Initial Training: Relationship Therapy Methodologies.

  • Module 1 – Overview
    • 5 Stage Model of Relationship Development
    • Attachment Theory & Interventions
    • Attachment Questionnaire
    • Bowen Family Systems Theory
    • Differentiation Questionnaire
  • Module 2 – Clean-Up Issues: Psychological Conditions, Self medication, Verbal Abuse
    • Clean-Up Issues checklist
    • The Agreement
  • Module 3 – Power and Control struggles
    • Controlling partner
    • Controlling partner – Identification and therapeutic interventions
    • Self Esteem and boundaries
    • Self Esteem and Boundaries Questionnaire
  • Module 4 – Imbalances
    • Reciprocal functioning -Interpersonal Dynamics, polarities and disowned selves
    • Masculine & Feminine Differences
  • Module 5 – Childhood Issues
    • Core Negative Image
  • Module 6 – Communication
    • Communication Blocks
    • Winning Communication strategies
    • Speaker & Listener continuums for levels of Differentiation
  • Module 7 – Sex
    • Spicing up your love life
    • Sexual Inhibitors of Desire & Arousal
  • Module 8 – Romance and Enrichment
    • How to keep love alive
    • The 5 love languages
  • Module 9 – Bringing it all together
    • Client Diagnostic Screening
    • The Hart Centre Relationship Counselling Methodology
    • Pitfalls to avoid in couples therapy
  • Module 10 – Situation Specific
    • Pre-marriage Insight Program
    • Recovering from an affair
    • Recovering from a break up


Terry Real Relational Life Therapy Online Training Level 1

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Relational Life Therapy
    • The RLT phases, and how RLT differs from traditional therapy
    • To understand the RLT view of power imbalances in couples, of psychological patriarchy, and how these are addressed through therapy
    • To describe the role and approach of the therapist in RLT
  • Module 2 – Relational Mindfulness
    • Understand the practice of Relational Mindfulness
    • Explain the “fight, flight, or fix” responses to the “whoosh” of the first consciousness
    • Understand the functions of the three aspects of the psyche
  • Module 3 – Data Gathering and the Seven Lenses (1-4)
    • List the seven lenses
    • Explain the role of data gathering
    • Understand how preconditions are addressed in RLT
    • Differentiate the various losing strategies clients employ
    • Explain the difference between blatant and latent stances
  • Module 4 – Data Gathering and the Seven Lenses (5-7)
    • Understand “stance, stance, dance”
    • Explain the relational grid and track losing strategies against it
    • Explain the two kinds of boundaries
    • Understand the major family of origin roles and how they play with stances
    • Understand effective approaches to working with grandiose women as well as grandiose men
  • Module 5 – Finding Leverage
    • Understand some common therapeutic mistakes
    • Describe the kinds of grandiosity, and contrast it to shame
    • Understand the concept of leverage and how to use it
    • Describe strategies for latent people
    • Understand that RLT requires that the latent person be a “relational champion” in therapy
  • Module 6 – Reconnecting
    • Understand the concept of “reconnecting”
    • Recognize three therapeutic roles
    • Appreciate the heroism of RLT work


If you have considerable experience and/or training in couples therapy, please talk to us about joining without the training component


Phone answering and Appointment Setting:

Our Head Office on the Gold Coast takes all enquiries and makes initial appointments for you directly into a Google Calendar. An immediate email is sent to you and your new client welcoming them, and giving them all of your details.

We charge clients non-refundable booking fees, and cancellation fees are charged with insufficient notice, resulting in excellent attendance rates. When cancellation fees are charged, they are credited to you in your monthly invoice.


Would you like to know more?

If you are interested in discussing our Associate Program in more detail, please fill in the below enquiry form, or call us on 1300 830552.


Associate Program Enquiry Form


Members Only Resources

Access to the Hart Centre collective resources in the Members Only section of the website, and Members Discussion Forums.

Conferences/ PD Events

2 day In-house Conference once a year at various locations in Australia and around the world.


This includes all website and other marketing.

You and your practice will be featured on The Hart Centre Website.

Associate Testimonials

I have been an associate with the Hart Centre since its very early days and it has been a great asset to building my practice as a couples therapist. I have always found Julie Hart to be very fair in her business approach and the reception staff are supportive & responsive. It is great to be part of a larger network of couples counsellors and I have made some lovely connections over the years.The conferences are invariably really informative and the atmosphere relaxed and easy, with high quality speakers and useful topics addressed expanding my knowledge base and tool kit. I have seen the Hart Centre grow and flourish over the years and I can recommend the experience of being part of the team unreservedly

Mandy North Carlton

I feel very much a part of The Hart Centre. I think that’s because the ladies reply to my emails quickly and get onto things – the staff are fantastic! I don’t feel isolated at all but rather part of the family, one of the many cogs in the HC.
Peer supervision is very useful and helpful in becoming an expert in the couples counselling field, reducing isolation in private practice, and helping in accruing active CPD (Compulsory Professional Development) points. I also find the peer supervision really good in that it gives me others who work in this field to bounce ideas off and to learn from their wisdom and to share ideas and grow as a practitioner. I wish we could do it more often. The website is also full of great resources.
But the most important is that Julie is awesome in terms of her extensive knowledge, her ability to pull ideas together, being positive and encouraging in her interactions in supervision, her fantastic blogs on the website and her entrepreneurial abilities. She’s so proactive in seeking out opportunities for us and I feel so honoured that she does all this for the HC and associates. Go Julie!! I look forward to having a long and enjoyable association with the HC

Charley Mt Lawley

I love being an Associate with The Hart Centre. I feel that I am a part of a team and a network, and the ladies are extremely efficient in making the booking process smooth. The clients referred are high quality and have led to repeat sessions with each. For me, being an Associate has been a rewarding and valuable experience and I look forward to continuing the relationship

Chris Mt Gravatt

As a Hart Associate, I have been extremely well supported in my professional practice through a responsible and client-focused referral process. Hart also maintains a website that is informative, user-friendly, and inviting. These qualities help to build client confidence and rapport from the outset. The Reception/Administration team at Hart also make communication an absolute pleasure, and navigate the complexities of scheduling with grace and efficiency. Their understanding and attention to detail is integral in enhancing my ability to focus on my role as therapist

Anita Camberwell