• Marriage Counselling Sydney.


    Registered Counsellor Sydney

    Diploma in Counselling (AIPC)

    Hart Centre Certified

    100% Trust and Satisfaction Guarantee In Relationship
    • Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
    Specialised Training
    • Secrets, Cybersex & Infidelity, Addiction, Trauma & Forgiveness by Janis Abrahms Spring
    • Relational Life Counselling Level 1 by Terry Real
    • Transformation through Intimacy by Robert and Dianne Masters
    • Men in Therapy by David Wexler
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    • Sex and Relationships, Barry McCarthy
    • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Dr Ellyn Bader
    Types of Therapy
    • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Gestalt
    • Gottman Method
    • Internal Family Systems (IFS) – Informed
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Person Centred
    • Positive Psychology
    • Terry Real RLT
    About Therapist

    Dearne has a supportive and caring nature, and uses different therapeutic approaches tailored to the individual’s needs. She has been working with clients for over 14 years, helping them overcome various challenges and issues in their personal and romantic relationships. She is passionate about helping people find more connection, intimacy, and happiness in their lives.

    Dearne is a qualified and experienced relationship therapist, who has studied with the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, and trained in the development of complex counselling skills by Lifeline. She is a member of the ACA (Australian Counselling Association) and participates in reflective
    individual and peer clinical supervision on a regular basis.

    In addition to Dearne’s special interest in relationship counselling, her experience in private practice includes supporting people in crisis or at risk, as well as their families and friends, treatment of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, pregnancy issues & post and antenatal depression. She also provides sex counselling for the areas of mismatched libidos and erectile dysfunction.


    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 12 years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Empathy: I have the ability to understand and share the feelings of my clients, and to convey this to them in a respectful and compassionate way. This builds rapport, trust, and safety with my clients, and helps them feel heard and validated without judgment or criticism.
    2. Intuition and Life Experience: I have the intuition and life experience to sense what my clients are going through, and to draw from my own personal and professional challenges and successes. This helps me to relate to my clients, offer them insights, and provide them with practical and realistic solutions.
    3. Flexibility: I have the flexibility to adapt to the needs and preferences of my clients, and to use different approaches and techniques depending on the situation. I am open to learning new things and incorporating feedback into my practice. I also respect the diversity and individuality of my clients, and tailor my interventions to their cultural and personal backgrounds.
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Witnessing the transformation and healing that take place in my clients’ relationships and lives. I feel honoured to be a part of their journey and to see them grow, reconnect, and thrive as couples and individuals. I love seeing the positive changes that result from our sessions, such as increased understanding, empathy, affection, and happiness. I also enjoy learning from my clients and being challenged and inspired by them.

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

    A couple came to see me with issues around communication, intimacy, and trust. They had been married for 10 years and had two children, but they felt distant and disconnected from each other. They often argued about trivial matters and avoided talking about their feelings and needs.

    I worked with them to identify and understand the underlying causes of their problems, such as unmet expectations, unresolved conflicts, and emotional wounds from their past. I helped them to express and listen to each other’s emotions and perspectives in a respectful and constructive way.

    I also helped them to rekindle their intimacy and romance, by encouraging them to spend quality time together, show affection and appreciation, and explore their sexual desires and fantasies. I helped them to rebuild their trust and commitment, by facilitating honest and transparent discussions about their values, goals, and boundaries. I also supported them to deal with any external stressors or challenges that affected their relationship, such as work, family, or health issues.

    The couple reported significant improvements in their relationship satisfaction, happiness, and harmony. They said they felt closer and more connected to each other, and they enjoyed their interactions and activities more. They also said they had fewer and less intense arguments, and they were able to resolve them more effectively.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552