Elizabeth R Psychologist

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Couples Psychologist Melbourne

  • Elizabeth R

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    B.A.(Hons.) majoring in Psych, HR & Org. MAAPi

    Hart Centre Certified

    LOCATIONS
    • Moorabbin, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Advanced training in Gottman Couples Therapy
    • Training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
    • Masterclasses in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
    • Training in Seattle, USA, with preeminent world authorities on relationships, Prof. Susan Johnson, Prof. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman
    • Therapeutic hypnosis course, Denver, USA
    • Philosophy of Parenting course
    • Teaching Mindfulness Meditation
    • Bereavement course
    Areas of Interest
    • Intimacy
    • Infidelity
    • Parenting
    • Grief and loss
    • In-laws
    • Various psychopathology
    • Couples of any age or sexual orientation
    • Trauma
    • Anger management

    As a heart-centred psychologist, my main interest is intimate relationship satisfaction.  I’m passionate about helping clients get to the heart of what really matters to them, and empowering them to build a relationship where they both feel loved, supported and a priority in each other’s life.

    I’m fortunate to have received cutting-edge training from the preeminent world authorities on relationships, Prof. Susan Johnson, Prof. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman.

    Early in my career, well before writing “Heart-Centered Parenting” (available on Amazon), I was a love and relationships columnist for a national magazine.

    My couples’ consultations facilitate emotional connection and the longevity of love.  While appreciating the uniqueness of each client, in terms of their feelings, concerns, needs, priorities, background and personality, my comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of relationships helps cultivate the intimate environment clients yearn for.

    I can help couples:

    • Identify interaction patterns that lead to distress
    • Communicate in ways that emotionally connect them
    • Manage conflict and problem-solve in a productive manner
    • State needs clearly
    • Work through unresolved issues
    • Negotiate change
    • Repair emotional wounds after betrayal, abuse or emotional neglect

    I can help individuals:

    • Change self-defeating thoughts and behaviours
    • Clarify thoughts and emotions
    • Explore the unrewarding aspects of their life and increase their sense of contentment
    • Develop insight into what underpins their unfavourable reactions and behaviours
    • Expand awareness, acceptance and compassion towards self and others
    • Feel some relief if they’re in pain, or adapt to circumstances that are outside their control.

    Clients can expect respect, compassion and a down-to-earth approach.  Every consultation is aimed at deepening their emotional connection and developing a more satisfying involvement.  When we improve the quality of our intimate relationship, we improve the quality of our life.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    25 years – I started working on a helpline while studying psychology in 1995.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Relentless empathy
    2. Genuine interest in clients’ wellbeing
    3. Extensive experience in helping clients change negative patterns
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Observing couples work through their issues and deeply connect is enormously fulfilling.

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

    It was disheartening to hear early in a first session that the couple in front of me, who had separated 11 times and divorced once, had already seen a handful of therapists.  Before reuniting two years earlier, they had vowed never to part again, however, the wife was at her wit’s end.  Gently helping her give up her expectations of the ideal husband and accept the love her husband offered was liberating for them and gratifying for all of us.

    Parking & Accessibility

    As my street runs between Nepean Highway and St. Kilda Football Club, most clients find me easily.

    Onsite and street parking are available.

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