• Relationship Psychologist Bondi Junction.


    Registered Psychologist Sydney

    BA (Hons), M.A. Psych.

    Hart Centre Certified

    100% Trust and Satisfaction Guarantee In Relationship
    • Bondi Junction
    Accepted Insurance Funds

    All health funds. Medicare rebates available for individual sessions only (with a valid Mental Health Care Plan).

    Specialised Training
    • Gottman Institute Couples Therapy – Level 1
    • Gottman Institute Couples Therapy – Level 2
    • Gottman Institute Couples Workshop Leader
    Areas of Interest
    Types of Therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
    • Attachment-based
    • Coaching
    • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
    • Eclectic
    • Gottman Method
    • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
    • Person-Centred
    • Psychodynamic
    • Psychoeducation
    • Schema Therapy
    About Therapist

    David deeply cares about his work with couples and individuals. He prides himself on his ability to quickly establish rapport and connection in a friendly, warm and secure environment, also on the value of providing “unconditional positive regard” for his clients to ensure that no-one who comes seeking support would feel judged in any way.

    With over twenty years of experience in working with individuals and over ten years working with couples, he brings a range of experience and tools to his work and sees himself as an eclectic psychologist – meaning he will bring in whatever technique – whether it is CBT, meditation, person centred, psychodynamic or Gottman Therapy to assist his clients to get the most out of their time together.

    In particular, over the last ten years, his interest and learning in the field of couples work has grown exponentially. He is trained in Gottman therapeutic tools and processes and loves how the approach is based on Dr. John Gottman’s more than 40 years of research and experience. He is a constant reader and learner, and loves to bring that learning into the counselling room.

    Special interests and experience include: conflict & communication issues, gridlocks, emotional control and regulation, infidelity, relationship confusion, addictions (gambling, porn, alcohol and drug), sex and intimacy issues as well as anxiety and depression.

    In a past life, he worked in the corporate world in the field of organisational psychology and human resources and so understands some of the issues and stressors that come with needing to earn a living, finding or changing careers and dealing with all manner of workplace-related issues.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    over 20 years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?

    1. I pride myself on my ability to connect, build rapport and to reserve all judgment of clients to create a safe emotional space for growth.

    2. I bring in a range of tools and research based Gottman techniques which are proven and effective in helping couples break through barriers and past hurts.

    3. As a couples therapist, I am tough but fair and will always ensure that both sides feel heard and understood. I do not believe that all relationships can be saved and if that is the case I can work with couples towards amicable and respectful parting of ways.

    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    In both my individual and couples work, every single day I feel honoured to share in my client’s deepest and most private thoughts and feelings. I love connecting with my clients, learning their stories and being able to offer them a space to share whilst also providing tools that really work. It is immensely rewarding to me when I see that the work we have been doing is making a positive change in my client’s lives.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    I worked with a couple who had been together for 15 years. When they came to see me, they described how when they first got together, the male partner was often volatile and reactive, having little emotional control. When kids came along, he followed his father’s role of just being the provider and did not provide much emotional support to his wife. Ten years later, things were getting bad and whilst he had pulled back and tried to keep things on an even keel, she was now reactive, angry and would often react very quickly to even the smallest things. I explained that in doing this work we need to uncover and process past hurts which may still be lingering. I gave them a Gottman process for repairing past hurt. We began together and then they went home to use the structure. They returned a couple of weeks later saying that it was the most intense but effective conversation they had ever had. That she had been able to speak her truth and he had been able to hear it and that had helped to completely diffuse the reactive and angry behaviour. They were very happy to be free to connect and rebuild fondness and admiration.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Parking is limited, however it is only two blocks from Westfield with 3 hour parking free.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552