David Psychologist


Psychologist Marriage Counselling Perth David

  • David

    Clinical Psychologist Perth

    PhD, M. Psych(Clin), BSc(Hons), MAPS

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Nedlands, Perth, WA
    Specialised Training
    • EFT & Affairs by Jenny Fitzgerald
    • Integrating Sexual Issues into Couples Therapy by Barry McCarthy
    • Gottman Training Level 1 by John Gottman
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Direct approach
    • Helpful guidance
    • In-depth understanding of relationships
    • Fantastic counsellor
    • Very knowledgeable

    Relationship counselling perth

    Dr David is an experienced clinical psychologist with a history of helping couples with relationship issues. In his practice he sees men, women and couples wishing to improve their lives and deal more effectively with problems of mood regulation, difficult emotions, life change and substance abuse. The therapeutic approaches that David uses are matched to the needs of the client and the situation. Generally the most useful approach comes under the ambit of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which is a versatile new form of cognitive behavioural therapy.

    At the heart of David’s therapeutic approach is respect and a desire to be relevant and useful for the couple. Respect for each individual is paramount and the aim is to help the individual build workable strategies for themselves and the relationship. With many couples who find themselves stuck there are important underlying emotional problems. To help work through these emotionally focused therapy is the most useful. The object of the therapy is to harness the strengths that the client already possesses. This “strength based” approach is vital to making the most of the therapy experience and ensuring a process of continuing growth.

    David is happy to help with a range of difficulties from anger management, porn addiction and substance abuse through to issues concerning physical intimacy. David bases his approach on compassion and understanding. The pathway through to a better future for many individuals and couples requires establishing core values and a clear vision of goals, Working through difficult emotions, assumptions, expectations and “history” is important for most couples.

    The goal of therapy is to help couples who value their relationship and want to make it work better. Based on his experience he knows this is possible and is positively supportive of any couple that takes the courageous (and wise) step of seeking help. He starts from the position that the relationship is something of great value and as long as it is not destructive for either party can be the most important vehicle for personal fulfillment. David has written a number of articles for medical professionals on the importance of relationships and the importance reaching out to men. David is available for regular sessions as well as telephone and Skype consultations.

    David regularly gets positive feedback. In particular his approach may suit those who have found other approaches less solution focussed than they would like. His approach aims to meet clients where they are at. As this is usually in a crisis he aims to establish a plan quite quickly by identifying the key issues and what is need to stabilise the relationship until more long lasting strategies can be applied. He will provide more structure than many clients have experienced in the past and guide clients carefully matching the pacing and direction to their needs.

    Read our interview with David about the marriage counselling and relationship counselling he offers here.


    ‘It is in the struggle for a better us that I become a better me.’

    How many years counselling experience do you have?


    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Compassionate (caring and see each individual and/or couple as unique)
    2. Curious ( really want to understand the factors and the forces that are most relevant and most important for the individual and/or couple)
    3. Pragmatic (focused on what will help or work for the client/s)
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Being trusted by the client(s) and being able to relieve some suffering.

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

    Fred and Jane (not their real names) were in a long term relationship but were fighting all the time and couldn’t get out of it. They were on the verge of breaking up although this was not what either of them really wanted. After a few therapy sessions they were learning to understand the hidden dynamics at work in their arguments and learning the importance and the utility of becoming more mindful and understanding of their emotional reactions. Some clear tools help them regulate their arguments so that they were not as heated. The discussion after a fight became more meaningful and healing. They could each see that the other was trying. They were building a better “us”. Later sessions we explored the underlying sources of their expectations and their grievances and there was quite a lot of “letting go”. The couple ended therapy after about two months feeling lighter, more committed to the relationship and more confident about the future. They still book in occasional visits when a particular issue arises that they want help to “process”.

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