I have a passion for wellness, using and practicing mindfulness in session and offer wellness coaching in relationships. My couples receive my wellness workbook which I give clients to help guide and support in introducing wellness into your lives. I offer and value kindness, honesty and respect when working with couples or individuals.
I believe counselling is being with each unique individual/couple building a therapeutic relationship through congruence, empathy and unconditional regard. Being present and ensuring a safe environment to explore, discuss, understand and learn about yourself and others to improve, renew and revitalise relationships.
I am a warm and empathetic professional trained in counselling and nursing to help you be seen and heard to find clarity, overcome barriers, make change, plan , grow into a stronger more resilient you/couple. Working together to find ways for you to cope, improve and manage relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress, grief & loss, low self-esteem and medical/health issues.
I am relationship/couples counsellor, practicing within a framework of Client Centred Therapy, incorporating Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic theory and Mindfulness to achieve an individually tailored plan to support clients reach their needs and goals.
I have gained my knowledge, skills and academic achievements in teaching, assessing and mentoring which are incorporated into my passion and interest in relationship counselling.
Our ever growing Toowoomba team of specialised couples’ therapists have been specifically selected to join the Hart Centre based on their unwavering empathy and their extensive knowledge and experience of couples counselling.
We understand how distressing and confusing relationship troubles feel, and we’re truly sorry you have had to experience such pain. Our united goal at The Hart Centre is to work with you to identify the underlying causes of your relationship distress, and help you rebuild your relationship into a new and mature loving bond.
Couples counselling is a highly specialised field that is ever evolving. To ensure you are receiving the very latest and best care, we provide ongoing yearly professional development training to our group of Hart Certified therapists in the latest world-class relationship methodologies.
THE MOST COMMON RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
When relationship problems arise
Nobody goes into a relationship expecting problems, but when things start going wrong, it can really impact every aspect of our lives. Many of us weren’t given great role models for healthy relationships, so most of us are trying to do our best with limited know-how on how to make our relationship the best it can be. When a relationship is struggling, people can’t feel much of the love anymore, and the connection they once loved and valued so much has waned. Others feel they don’t know themselves anymore for they have ‘lost themselves’ in the relationship. It can then be easy to fall into the trap of pushing one another’s buttons and not communicating effectively and lovingly, creating a negative cycle that is difficult to extricate yourself from.
A devastating affair or betrayal
When a partner chooses to look beyond their relationship and develop another connection with someone, this causes a huge amount of pain for the partner whose agreement of monogamy has been betrayed. This is an extremely difficult time, but a skilled therapist can help you navigate and work through the issues involved and gradually, with time, grow into a relationship that is even better than the one you had before.
When neither of you are listening
Communication issues are one of the main causes of relationship discontent. Most couples find that over time their communication starts to slip and become a problem. We all want to speak and be really heard, but when you are having relationship problems, most people complain their partner is not listening. This, in turn, usually means they don’t feel inclined to listen to the other partner, which leads to a lose-lose situation where both talk and nobody listens. Learning how to express your honest thoughts and feelings in a way that your partner truly listens to is a learned skill and is crucial to leading a happy and fulfilling relationship. We can show you how this can be done in simple ways.
Unresolved conflict leading to loss of love
Every couple has conflict, because we are two different people; but it is important to be able to resolve the conflict that comes up in a reasonable time and not let it fester away and simmer for years. Doing this leads to hidden resentments, which is the primary cause of a loss of love between you over time.
WHAT IS OUR COUNSELLING SUCCESS RATE?
While every couple’s situation is unique, we are proud to say that the feedback we receive from our clients is 93% positive, in that the therapist has assisted them to work through their issues to create a better relationship together. We know that most couples simply want to find out the cause of their relationship problems, resolve them quickly, and move on to bigger and better things, and that is what we focus on.
Under our expert guidance, you will gain a deeper understanding of your relationship and will be given options to help you become ‘unstuck’ and move towards your relationships true amazing potential.
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
To inquire or book a session with us, please phone our Toowoomba office on 07 5636 1566 or 1300 830 552 and our friendly receptionists will help you.