West Melbourne

  • Shaun M

    Couples Therapist West Melbourne

    B. Integrative Psychotherapy

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • West Melbourne, VIC
    About Shaun M

    Shaun is a fully qualified, registered psychotherapist who supports men, women and couples with relationship issues, attachment disturbances, and trauma. He works with individuals and couples in both short term and long term psychotherapy and counseling.

    As an integrative psychotherapist, Shaun tailors his approach to suit your needs as a couple. Rather than viewing you as a list of symptoms or problems, he takes into account how external factors such as family, past relationship history, and even your lifestyle might be contributing to the challenges you’re facing.

    As a couples counselor, Shaun does not see himself as some kind of magician who has the magical solution to all of your problems. You might recognize the futility of trying to “force” someone to change their bad habits and improve themselves, like your parents, friends, or even your partner! Instead, he recognizes that the best therapy happens when clients are eager to work on their challenges, face their fears, and accept their shortcomings, in the context of relational safety. This places him squarely in the role of a facilitator, assisting you in the process rather than telling you what to do.

    Shaun’s approach is developmentally focused, which acknowledges how events in your early life and foundational relationships may now be impacting your relationships as an adult. He acknowledges the impact that trauma and attachment issues can have on your ability to trust and feel safe with your partner. Additionally, Shaun is influenced by the Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy, and the Enneagram of personality.

    Shaun is passionate about helping you to formulate goals for therapy and your life together, and learning how to work as a team towards those goals. He aims to foster better communication between partners, and adopts a direct, yet compassionate style when engaging with his clients.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?

    I value honesty and trust in the therapeutic space by encouraging heartfelt and sincere communication, while holding a ‘no secrets’ policy. Rather than positioning myself as an expert that is going to ‘fix’ or ‘cure’ the relationship, I prefer to collaborate with my clients, enabling them to discover solutions to their own problems. I also take a trauma focused approach which involves promoting safety and regulation in both the couple as well as the therapeutic relationship.

    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    My work feels most fulfilling to me when I’m able to help people find safety in relationship, and witness how that sense of safety enables them to express their inner world.

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