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.