Counsellor Melbourne CBD


Counsellor Melbourne CBD

  • Dr. Elizabeth

    Relationship Counsellor Melbourne

    Psych (UCLA); M.S Couns (CSULB); PhD (Univ. of Melbourne)

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Melbourne CBD, VIC
    • Southbank, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    • Relational Life Counselling Level 1 by Terry Real
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certification
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week course attendee
    • Sex and Relationships, Barry McCarthy
    Areas of Interest
    • Addiction
    • Adolescents
    • Affairs & infidelity
    • Anxiety
    • Coping with HIV+ and other STI diagnoses
    • Depression
    • Divorce & separation
    • Financial stress
    • Grief & loss
    • Mindful interpersonal communication
    • Parenting
    • Polyamorous couples
    • Pre-marital couples
    • Same-sex couples
    • Sex reassignment & gender confirmation
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Trauma
    • Young couples

    Elizabeth takes a collaborative, mindful, and individually-tailored approach to therapy, engaging with her clients in a joint effort to resolve personal and interpersonal stressors. Coming from a long line of mental health practitioners in her own family, Elizabeth grew up with a passion for mental wellbeing and an understanding that life often oscillates between periods of balance and imbalance, sometimes requiring extra support.

    Approaching therapy from a holistic point of view, Elizabeth focuses on the mind, body, and sociocultural factors known to affect mental health and relationships. She uses both her clinical and scientific backgrounds to help clients communicate their needs, identify their strengths, and build long-term strategies for well-being. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Elizabeth also offers therapy in Spanish (ofrece terapia en español).

    In 2013, Elizabeth completed a Master’s in Counselling with a speciality in Marriage and Family Therapy, which included particular emphasis on understanding complex relationship dynamics and effective strategies to assist couples and families through periods of stress.

    Prior to moving to Melbourne in 2015, Elizabeth worked as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas with couples and adults.  Throughout her career, she has supported both same- and opposite-sex couples in working through communication-style mismatches, periods of emotional disconnection, infidelity and mistrust, medical stressors such as HIV+ diagnoses, financial stress, and child rearing conflicts.

    Elizabeth has also worked as a substance abuse counsellor for teens and is passionate about supporting the well-being of adolescents.  She is skilled in supporting both teens and parents of teens during this important developmental stage.  In addition, Elizabeth has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, gender identity stress, and addiction, including conducting regular substance dependent support groups and completing a specialized suicide intervention training (ASIST).

    Since beginning her Ph.D. in 2015, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to researching mindfulness-based treatment interventions and the impact these have on mental health, sleep, and biological markers of stress such as cortisol and inflammation. She has several scientific articles published in leading psychology journals and frequently gives public talks and lectures about the health benefits of psychological treatment interventions.

    As a licensed provisional psychologist, Elizabeth uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help her clients. She draws from Mindfulness, which focuses on staying present to your experiences, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helps you identify and explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which helps couples have more empathy for each other so they can build deeper connections. Elizabeth also works from an Attachment Theory perspective, which means understanding the type of bond you had with your parents while growing up and how this plays out in your relationships.

    She looks forward to working with you towards restoring balance in your life.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 8 years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. I am a clinician-researcher who works with clients to heal emotional and relationship stress, and I am actively involved in research identifying successful evidenced-based treatments that create lasting improvements for psychological well-being;
    2. I am skilled in treating clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and am able to provide therapy in Spanish, and;
    3. I have a warm, collaborative, and holistic approach to therapy, inviting my clients to become active participants in building long-term strategies for mental health and relationship fulfillment.
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Witnessing the courage and strength that couples bring to our sessions to openly face many of their stressors and work to improve their relationship is the greatest gift as a therapist.  Counselling is not always a walk in the park, and so I believe it is my duty to help people overcome challenges in a warm, open-minded, and safe environment.  For many, relationship difficulties can impact not only our mood, sleep, and physical health, but also our ability to concentrate at work, care for our children, and keep up with the tasks of daily life. Working through periods of difficulty can help to strengthen the partner bond, and in turn, this often flows on to improve other areas of life.  It is my greatest passion to support people along this journey.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Several parking stations in the vicinity; street parking is 1 hour.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552