Psychologist Interview with Joanna (Marriage Counselling Perth)

relationship counselling PerthJoanna 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. Marriage counselling Perth

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1. What has made you interested in helping couples with their relationships?
I think that a supportive, trusting, loving relationship can be the most amazing experience in our lives. I think that if both people are committed to achieving the relationship that they really want, then they can have that.


2. What do you find are the most common relationships problems that you see in couples coming in to see you?
Communication issues are the main problem that I see. Not identifying their own feelings, which means we cant communicate those feelings to our partner. Also, outside stressors being reflected into the relationship.


3. What are the most common problems for women in relationships?

A feeling of a lack of emotional connection with their partner.


4. What are the most common problems for men in relationships?

A difficulty expressing emotion and communication, and a misunderstanding of why intimacy is important to a man in a relationship.


5. What would you like couple clients to know about the couple counselling process before they come in?

That my job is to help the couple reach what THEY want to achieve in a relationship. That I will see both of their points of view and will really understand where each person is coming from. And that my job is to consider all of the factors to understand what the roadblocks are to achieving their goals. Also, I am a complete optimist and absolutely believe that if you do the work, you will see the outcome. Also, it’ going to be hard work sometimes to change patterns of behaviour.


6. What has been the couple you remember who has made the biggest turnaround, from being in severe trouble to transforming their relationship into a happy loving one?

A couple who had been so committed to attending regularly, and who were totally open to hearing how their approaches towards each other would need to be different. Whilst of course, there was sometimes defensiveness, their trust in my goal (which is their goal) really allowed them to make some amazing changes.


7. If you had one word of advice for couples with children, what would it be?

One word’s a bit hard – I’ll try one sentence. It’s about you guys first, the rest will follow.


8. What advice would you give to couples trying to rebuild their relationship after an affair?

Patience and true compassion. These two things are the absolute key.


9. What, for you, are the most important things that couples need to remember if they want their relationship to thrive, instead of just survive?

Putting each other first, compassion, appreciation, treating each other like their most prized possession. I say to couples, that having someone in your life that wants to be open and share their most vulnerable secrets, fears and dreams is a privilege and should be treated as such.


10. What do you find is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of this work that you do?

Seeing people be really engaged in the process and be on board with being open – that way you know even when they’ve finished therapy, they can continue this way if they wish to.


11. List 3 qualities that your friends and family would describe you as having.

Warmth, caring, supportive


12. List 3 strengths that you have as a Psychologist.

Rapport building, an interest in a wide range of presentations and conditions, being open to diversity (including philosophy’s, religions and cultures.


13. How many years experience do you have practicing/helping clients?

9 marriage counselling Perth


14. What is the question/fear that most couples express?

Most couples say to me at some stage, “I’m worried that it wont last” (the changes), or “I’m worried that it wont work”. To which I say there is no “it” YOU’re the “it”. You decide whether you make sure you’re working on the changes or not, you decide whether you make those changes long term or not. Offering marriage counselling Perth.


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