Couples therapist Adelaide

  • Couples therapist Adelaide.


    Couples Therapist Adelaide

    M. Couns & Psychotherapy

    Hart Centre Certified

    100% Trust and Satisfaction Guarantee In Relationship
    • Walkerville, SA
    Accepted Insurance Funds
    • BUPA
    • Doctors Health
    • AHM
    • Medibank Private
    • HCF
    • Police Health Fund
    • Teachers Union Health
    • St Lukes Health
    • Phoenix Health
    • GMHBA
    • CUA (Telehealth only)
    • Teachers Union Health
    • AIA
    • Westfund
    • Emergency Services Health
    Specialised Training
    • Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy
    • Evidence-based Parenting: Raising Children to Thrive
    • Clinical Applications of Neuroscience
    • Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: Massive Open Online Course
    • Understanding Dementia: Massive Open Online Course
    • Cultural Counselling Therapy – Mindfulness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

    Mental Health Academy:

    • How to Listen so Parents Will Talk: Strategies for Influencing Parents
    • Strengths-based Parenting
    • The Secret Life of Teenage Girls
    • Counselling Parents: The Basics
    • Counselling Adolescents: Case Studies and The Basics
    • EMDR: A Primer for Clinicians
    • Schema Focused Therapy: The Basics
    • Play Therapy: The Basics
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Counselling Clients with Disabilities: Introduction to the Issues
    • Counselling Gender Diverse Clients
    • The Neuroscience of Habits
    • Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Helping Clients Deal with Problem Anger: Specific Interventions
    • Helping Clients Deal with Problem Anger: Understanding and De-
      escalating Anger
    • Understanding Addiction
    • Alcohol Use Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Loss and Grief from Chronic and Terminal Illness
    • The Importance of Early Intervention for Children Who Experience Trauma
    • Identifying and Responding to Child Abuse
    • Working with Children at Risk
    • Working with Trauma
    • Counselling Around Divorce: Focus On the Kids
    • Healing Spiritual Emergencies
    • Using CBT with Generalised Anxiety Disorder
    • Burnout & Self-Care
    • Educating Clients About Physical Wellness
    Areas of Interest
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Alcohol addiction
    • Couples in business
    • Self esteem
    • Relationship Issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Developing Emotional Intelligence
    • Building resilience
    • Anger management
    • Marital and Premarital
    • Intimacy issues
    • Women’s Issues
    • Aging women
    • Helping partners to co parent positively are separation
    • Attachment and core beliefs
    • Trauma
    • Same sex couples
    Types of Therapy
    • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
    • Clinical Hypnotherapy
    • Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    • Narrative Therapy
    About Therapist

    Shelley is an experienced Counsellor & Psychotherapist, who left her middle management corporate life to pursue her passion. She is invested in helping couples to overcome their unconscious blocks to achieving the relationship/intimacy and connection they crave.

    She genuinely believes that nobody intentionally sabotages their relationships or wishes to cause harm to those they love. So if that is your experience, rather than feeling like a failure, (if you choose) it can be an opportunity to grow and develop the skills needed to improve the quality of your relationship.

    Too often people abandon a relationship believing it to be unsalvageable, when it can not only be saved, but improved way beyond what they believed possible. All it takes is a willingness to be open, honest, and experience the discomfort that comes with change. Unlike repeating the same old behaviour expecting a different outcome, this discomfort will end.

    Shelley provides a non judgemental, connected, safe and solution focused space, which sees the therapist and the clients as partners in the experience.  The client is always responsible for setting the vision and she will do her best to provide the “how to get there” opportunities, so the client can arrive at the “best fit” solution for themselves.

    Should you choose to work with Shelley, you will grow your communication and ability to connect with the person that you love. You will learn about your patterns and triggers, and how to choose safer, kinder and more loving responses.

    She has been in the field for some time, holding a comprehensive set of tools and experience to assist you in identifying and remove the blocks that you are experiencing.  This includes enhancing emotional intelligence, understanding each others’ perspective, family of origin influences, love language, the assumption trap, managing conflict, and realising personal growth, so you can contribute positively to the relationship.

    She is a warm, approachable human being who is committed to helping you heal the wounds you have inadvertently inflicted on each other so you can move forward into a relationship of your choosing.

    In 2020, she published her first book, which demonstrates the links between family of origin (FOO), the safety behaviours/core beliefs that are created in response to our FOO and how they play out in our adult relationships with self and others.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 12 years in private practice.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Connection
    2. Non-judgement
    3. Wisdom
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Relationships are the cornerstone of our lives. They bring us immense joy, love, and support, but they can also be a source of frustration and confusion. That’s where I come in!

    I’m passionate about relationship counselling because I truly believe every couple has the potential to build a strong, fulfilling connection. I find it incredibly rewarding to witness couples rediscover the love and respect they have for each other, and develop the tools they need to navigate life’s challenges together.

    Here’s what gets me excited about my work:

    Seeing the “aha” moments: There’s nothing quite like the look on a couple’s face when they finally understand each other’s perspective. It’s a powerful turning point that allows them to move forward with empathy and compassion.

    Empowering couples to communicate effectively: Communication is the bedrock of any relationship. I love helping couples learn to express themselves clearly and listen openly, fostering a deeper connection.

    Witnessing growth and resilience: Life throws curveballs, and relationships are no exception. I find it inspiring to see couples work through difficulties, emerge stronger, and create a more resilient partnership.

    To call it work doesn’t feel right because it simply makes my heart sing to partner with clients to create the relationships they deserve.

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

    A couple who have been together for 12 years. They had separated many times, each time seeking out counselling and managing to remain together. However they kept arriving at a crisis point, convincing them that time apart was the only answer.

    In our sessions we identified where their communication was breaking down, providing a safe space for both of them to share how they felt unheard and misunderstood. I helped them to identify and understand the behaviours they had unconsciously adopted, which although protected themselves within the relationship, had made it difficult, if at times impossible, to resolve conflict.

    They realised the damage it was doing to their ability to achieve true intimacy. This helped them rediscover the values, hopes and dreams that they shared, allowing them to rediscover the ‘in love’ feelings of their relationship, so that separation no longer seemed the only option. With the unintentional barriers removed, they were able to transform their relationship to one in which they were both equally invested in.

    Within 3 months of working together, they had arrived at a level of intimacy and quality communication which they had never experienced before in their relationship. They expressed how they finally felt heard and understood by each other.



    Parking & Accessibility

    Free parking onsite and bus stop nearby. The clinic is wheelchair accessible.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552