• Psychologist Melbourne.


    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    BA (Psych); BA (Hons); Doctor Couns Psych; MAPS

    Hart Centre Certified

    100% Trust and Satisfaction Guarantee In Relationship
    • East Melbourne, VIC
    Accepted Insurance Funds

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

    Specialised Training
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    • Relational Life Institute Level 1 training by Terry Real
    • Couples and Asperger’s Syndrome Counselling Skills and Strategies, Tony Attwood
    • Sex and Relationships, Barry McCarthy
    • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Dr Ellyn Bader
    Areas of Interest
    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Very warm
    • Caring
    Types of Therapy
    • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Gottman Method
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    • Narrative therapy
    • Schema Therapy
    • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy
    About Therapist

    Mariel has over 19 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, families, and elderly clients. She helps her clients develop therapeutic goals and works with them to achieve lasting change. Drawing on her own experience of life transitions, she brings a personal perspective to counselling, helping people from different cultural backgrounds. Her friendly and practical approach creates a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore difficulties and realise positive change.

    She is exceptionally qualified in couples counselling, and in helping couples sort through the issues and dysfunctional patterns that prevent them enjoying their relationships. She believes that the nearly all troubled relationships can be assisted to regain the openness, joy and flow that are the hallmarks of health.

    Her doctoral thesis was on migration and the psychological identities that this experience creates. She tutored in psychology at a University and counselled at a university’s Psychology Clinic. She was also a crisis counsellor at a suicide line. In her early career she worked in community settings, counselling families and individuals dealing with child protection and parenting, suicide risk, mental health and relationships issues. Later she supported those living with dementia, their families and carers, through counselling and educational activities targeting the general public and volunteers.

    She has worked in private practice for over 10 years, specialising in couples counselling and family counselling for over 7 years. She has helped couples with relationship difficulties better manage the personal issues with children and family during marriage, separation, and divorce.

    She is fluent in Spanish.

    Areas of expertise
    She has experience and training in assisting clients with a broad spectrum of presenting concerns, including:

    – Relationships – communication, infidelity, and relationship dissatisfaction
    Family breakdown, including divorce and related difficulties
    – Parenting and family issues
    – Support for families and carers affected by mental illness or physical illness
    – Peri- and post-natal depression
    – Depression
    Grief and loss
    – Anxiety, including social anxiety
    – Generalised anxiety and perfectionism
    Obsessions and compulsions
    – Post-traumatic stress
    – Self-esteem
    – Stress and burnout
    – Difficulties of adjustment to life transitions
    – Career challenges – return from parental leave, career change, redundancy
    – Work/life balance
    – Working with cultural diversity, cultural values and beliefs

    Depending on her client’s needs and preferences, she uses a variety of evidence-based approaches.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 19 years.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Parking is available for 1 and 2 hours in Tanner street and the surrounding side streets.

    The building has a lift, so wheelchair access is possible.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552