Relationship Counselling Melbourne

  • Jenny

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    BA (Hons) (Psych); B. Pharm; M.Soc Sci; Dip Clin Hyp;  Grad Dip Ed

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Preston, VIC
    • Hurstbridge, VIC
    • Doreen, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (a course presented by Melbourne University Dept. of Psychiatry, in liaison with the Austin Hospital
    • Psychopharmacotherapy (La Trobe Univerity Pharmacy Department)
    • 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

    As well as her expertise and experience in general couples counselling for same and different gendered couples, Jenny has specific interests in:

    • Pre-Marriage sessions
    • Fertility, pregnancy, parenting (young children/teenagers), same sex couples, anxiety, depression
    •  Anger Management
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Hypnotherapy
    • Psychopharmacotherapy (in liaison with your medical practitioner)

    Jenny is a very experienced psychologist in Melbourne, registered in 1983. She has worked as an adult educator, training a range of community welfare staff in counselling techniques, and tutoring medical practitioners in the use of hypnotherapy. This educative orientation translates to a focus on empowering individuals and partners in making the positive changes they want to see, in their lives and in their relationships.

    As part of the requirements for her Master’s degree, Jenny’s thesis focused on the way in which a person’s experience in their family of origin affects their partnerships (Imago theory). Jenny uses methodologies based on this orientation in the course of her work with individuals and couples, including helping partners to clarify their vision of relationship, and to improve their communication skills so that distortions in understanding are reduced.

    As well as being a psychologist, Jenny has a pharmacy degree, and is skilled in identifying those ways in which a person’s use of medication can affect how they function in relationships. She is experienced in collaboration with medical practitioners, in order to assist clients with clinical depression and/or anxiety.

    In approach, Jenny is supportive, inclusive and egalitarian, and assists clients from diverse backgrounds and a full range of gender orientations and nominations.

    She is able to provide facilities for onsite Eftpos and Medicare claiming.

    Jenny was married for 26 years, but is now widowed, with two young adult children.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    36 years

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

    Ability to empathise with a wide range of people, highly advanced analytical ability and I have skills in psychopharmaceuticals meaning that I can recommend that people go to their GPs and obtain any indicated medication for anxiety or depression.

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

    Helping people reconnect and again enjoy a fulfilling relationship or move on with their lives independently if that is in the partnership’s best interest.

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

    Helping a couple improve their communication skills to the extent that they could find joy again in their partnership.

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

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    B Arts, G Dip Psych, PG Dip Psych, D Psych, MAPS

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Preston, Melbourne, VIC
    • East Melbourne, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Secrets, Cybersex & Infidelity, Addiction, Trauma & Forgiveness by Janis Abrahms Spring
    • Men in Therapy by David Wexler
    • Professional Development training in Anxiety Disorders, Schema Therapy, Personality Disorders, Attachment Theory, Existential Psychotherapy, Drug and Alcohol Counselling.
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    Areas of Interest

    Relationship conflict management

    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Calm tone of voice
    • Great listener
    • Approachable and likeable
    • Honest and truthful
    • Supportive
    • Very attentive

    Stuart is a psychologist with ten years of counselling experience with individual adults and children, couples, and groups in private, educational, corporate and volunteer settings. He has a friendly manner and endeavours to make people feel comfortable and supported in counselling.

    Understanding that people may seek relationship counselling for a range of reasons, Stuart’s first task is to help each individual clarify his or her goals. He attends to the health and wellbeing of each individual in the relationship and does not assume that one or both people want to stay together. If both parties do, Stuart helps them explore the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant aspects of the relationship. These may include communication and conflict management, fairness and power, trust and commitment, managing personality differences or individual mental health concerns, aspects of intimacy, and managing external stressors on the relationship such as finances, parenting, extended family, work, health, fertility issues and addictions. Within the counselling sessions, Stuart fosters mature, respectful and constructive conversations to help the couple communicate and problem-solve more effectively in the ‘real world’.

    Click here to read our interview with Stuart about the marriage counselling and relationship counselling services he offers.

    In addition to relationship/marriage counselling, Stuart is also available for Pre-Marriage Counselling and Anger Management.

    Parking & Accessibility

    One and two hour parking available on surrounding streets. It’s recommend clients arrive ten minutes early.

    No wheelchair access.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552