In the Relationship Space, I provide services that support couples working through a range of issues arising in relationships including infidelity, trust issues, difficulty with communication and conflict, life transitions, parenting and also in making big choices about relationships and working through separations where necessary.
My approach is strongly focused on what happens between the couple. Research shows that there are many facets to strong relationships and the aim is to work through a process of assessing the relationship with the couple and targeting practical interventions to problem areas. This approach acknowledges that each relationship is different and ensures that counselling targets the most crucial areas first, often around conflict, but it also ensures that the areas of the relationship associated with growth and connectedness are also addressed.
It is essential that couples learn how to disagree effectively as differences of opinions are inevitable in any relationship.
Having good conflict management skills is not enough to make a strong relationship and I help support couples in coming to understand and connect with one another in meaningful ways and create strong, resilient family units. Couples are also assisted to identify their areas of ‘gridlock’ (issues that keep coming up again and again through life) and rather than keep having the same arguments repeated, tools are provided to create meaningful dialogue around these areas as a means of helping couples to better understand each other.
The aim is to educate and empower couples, providing them with tools and skills, practice in counselling, that they are then able to take home and utilize on an ongoing basis, creating a new way of relating to one another that brings meaning and connectedness to their relationship.
Marriage counselling in the Relationship Space addresses the abundance of issues that come with creating a life with another person. Some of these include issues with trust and infidelity, conflict and connectedness and intimacy and companionship. Following are some of the issues that are commonly addressed in marriage counselling:
I believe that healthy relationships with others, as well as an engaged, active self-awareness allows individuals and couples to build resilience and cope with life in a world that can, at times, be stressful. My wealth of experience helps to support couples with a wide range of issues.
When you first start dating a new partner, you may be feeling cautious and guarded due to a past relationship that left you hurt. I can help you carry forward into this new partnership by deconstructing and unscripting the repetitive narrative and dynamic you play out in your relationships.
Working on your relationship in therapy in the preliminary stages of your connection seems counterintuitive because you may not have a particular issue. This is actually a fantastic time to access the window of change that presents itself, well before you are in a crisis.
Learning effective communication, learning about both you and your partners needs and learning about the dynamic at play allows the relationship to stay positive and harmonious. By creating small shifts and openly communicating, you will have the tools for a successful relationship that is long lasting.
Having an open dialogue early on can alter negative interaction cycles you may develop later with your partner. Relationship counselling is intrinsically beneficial for all participants to learn resolution skills to sustain new and past relationships.
Fees & Medcare
Relationship / Couples Therapy is NOT covered by Medicare
GP Mental Health Care Plan for Individual Therapy
GP REFERRAL & MHCP – For initial Psychologist sessions
• The GP mental health care plan is for 6 Psychologist visits.
• Maximum 10 rebated Psychologist visits allowed per year.
• GP review is required before the 7th Psychologist visit.
FIRST GP REVIEW – For further Psychologist sessions
• GP Review for more visits – 4 weeks after MHCP referral.
• Medicare confirm a standard review is for up to 6 more visits.
• But, only 4 more visits can be rebated in same year as MHCP.
• If still current, the 2 holdover visits can be rebated next year.
SECOND GP REVIEW – For further Psychologist sessions
• A 2nd GP Review can be done 3 months after the 1st Review
• Psychologist visits – still a maximum of 10 per calendar year.