Richmond (Tanner St)


Relationship Counselling Melbourne

  • Dr Ann
    Dr Ann

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    BSc(Hons) (Physiol), BSc(Hons) (Psych), GradDipAppPsych, DPsych (Counselling), MAP

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Richmond
    Specialised Training
    • Men in Therapy by David Wexler
    • Integrating Sexual Issues into Couples Therapy by Barry McCarthy
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre

    Ann is an experienced psychologist in Melbourne.  She is passionate about relationship counselling, and creates strong connections with clients and effective working environments. Her clients feel comfortable in the knowledge that they are ‘in safe hands’, which enables them to open up and share their thoughts and troubles. This then allows Ann to use a variety of practices and techniques to help her clients get to a place that is healthier and happier, and to depart her service to continue their journey on their own. Ann has helped hundreds of people in this way.

    It is of particular interest to Ann to work with people who want to improve their relationships. This has seen her help many couples improve their communication, resolve long-standing disagreements, overcome struggles with sex and intimacy, or ‘simply’ reconnect after having drifted apart. Ann’s interest in relationship work extends beyond romantic relationships to include extended family relationships, relationships at work, friendships and so on. She has also worked with individuals and successfully helped them deal with depression, anxiety, loss and grief, anger, narcissism, indecision, and troubles related to work and career, to name a few. Finally, Ann has led many group programs that have helped people to improve their self-awareness, particularly in the corporate sector.

    Ann likes to partner with her clients and engage them in decisions around the areas of focus, the duration of the work, how progress will be reviewed, and what success looks like. In this way, Ann’s clients are active participants in the therapeutic process and ultimately, in their own healing.  Ann achieves this with clients via face-to-face, SKYPE-based, and telephone-based meetings.

    Having worked as a psychologist for many years, Ann keeps up to date with the practice and application of current psychological techniques. She effectively translates what is known about human psychology into effective practice, tailoring it to the individual needs of her clients so that they understand it as it relates to them and can take it with them into the future.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Parking is available for 1 and 2 hours in Tanner street and Stuart Street.

    Wheelchair accessible.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552
  • Mariel

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

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

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Richmond, Melbourne, VIC
    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
    Areas of Interest
    • fertility
    • pregnancy
    • same sex couples
    • young couples
    • couples with young families
    • senior couples
    • extended families/in-laws
    • affairs
    • couples in business
    • grief and loss/trauma
    • anxiety, depression
    • bi-polar, narcissistic personality, borderline personality,
    • addictions
    • sexual trauma

    Mariel is a registered psychologist with 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.

    Mariel’s 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.

    Mariel’s doctoral thesis was on migration and the psychological identities that this experience creates. She tutored in psychology at Swinburne University and counselled at the 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.

    For the last decade Mariel has worked in private practice and for the last seven years she has specialised in couples counselling and family counselling. She has helped couples with relationship difficulties better manage the personal issues with children and family during marriage, separation, and divorce.

    Mariel is fluent in Spanish.

    Mariel’s areas of expertise
    Mariel 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

    Therapeutic approaches
    Depending on her client’s needs and preferences Mariel uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

    – Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples (EFT)
    – Gottman Marital Therapy
    – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    – Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    – Narrative therapy
    – Schema Therapy
    – Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

    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