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Couples Counselling

I am professionally trained to facilitate better communication and to help you develop great relationship skills.


In your sessions with me I will:

  • work to ensure that each of you have a chance to speak and to be heard

  • help each of you to get better at really hearing what your partner is saying and to be able to clearly communicate how you feel and what you want your partner to know

You may find that improving your communication can address many of the issues you’re struggling with in your relationship as you better understand each other’s needs and concerns.

You may also have more complex issues that go beyond communication alone and I am trained to support you both to work through these difficulties.

How can I help you?

  • improving communication and conflict management

  • recovering from an affair or other betrayals of trust

  • loneliness and disconnection

  • clarifying relationship values and expectations

  • complex family dynamics that burden your relationship happiness

  • managing blended families and ex-partners effectively

  • loss of emotional and sexual intimacy

  • differences in sexual preferences and libido

  • preparing to live together or get married

  • bringing baby home

  • parenting and family issues

  • decision-making around separation and divorce

Your first session

In the first session I gather information about both of you including:

  • the hopes you both have for your relationship

  • the challenges you face now

  • the history of your relationship

  • the expectations and values each of you bring to your relationship

  • the influences on your relationship including your current life situation, your family of origin and possibly your past relationships


What’s it like to work with me?

Every person and every couple are unique and so my approach is tailored to ensure I can support you in your specific challenges. I also bring focus to building upon your strengths and assist in clarifying your vision of a loving and happy future together.

It can be very challenging and sometimes confronting but if you are ready to commit to this process, you have a great chance of building the future together that you really want. I recommend weekly sessions until we agree your relationship is functioning well enough without me and of course, I’m here for top-ups if you need.

I’ve heard many things in my work over decades with individuals and couples that may shock some people. You can be sure that I have an open mind and a great deal of compassion because I know that people sometimes make poor or ill-informed choices that they later regret and cannot undo. I’m committed to holding hope for your secure and loving future.

I use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in my work with couples and have studied extensively in both fields. I find these methods effectively get us working beyond the surface to go deeply into the real issues that undermine relationships. I'm inspired by the way people get to work and what can be achieved in each single session.  



$270 (80 minute session)

Face-to-face or via Zoom or Skype

Some health funds will provide rebates for counselling depending on their policies and your level of cover. Please check with your fund.

Payment can be made by EFT, Visa, Mastercard or cash.

What are you waiting for?

Don’t leave it so long that your relationship suffers irreparable damage.

Contact me with a phone call, a text message or an email to arrange a first session.