Marriage and Relationship Counselling
I facilitate marriage and relationship counselling using The Gottman Method. The Gottman Institute approach to relationship counselling has been developed using over 40 years of research with over 3,000 couples. The Gottman approach involves completing an online couples assessment tool called the 'Gottman Relationship Check Up' which provides a thorough assessment of your relationships strengths and challenges. The Gottman Relationship Check Up provides me with specific recommendations for relationship intervention which will teach you the skills to establish and maintain a healthy relationship for life. I really love being a relationship therapist and seeing my couples resolve their differences, learn new relationship skills and gain a new sense of love and belonging towards one another. For the first appointment I see the couple together to gain an understanding of how the relationship is functioning and the problems that are occurring. Then for the next appointments I see each person individually to gain a very personal perspective of each person's perspective of the problems in the relationship. Next I ask each person to complete the online Gottman Relationship Check up questionnaire which gives me an extremely detail report of the areas that require improvement and what skills need to be taught to the couple to improve their relationship.
How counselling can help you
Relationship counselling is for couples who want to repair, rebuild and reconnect their relationship. This can occur through talking about your issues with the counsellor encouraging you to share your thoughts and feelings by asking you how you feel and to think and reflect. In relationship counselling there will be time for each person to talk without the interruption of their partner. The counselling environment is a safe, neutral and non-judgemental place for couples to openly discuss the problems that are occurring in their relationship. Each person will have the opportunity to talk fairly without their partner dominating the discussion.
The counsellor's role is to be an impartial observer. The counsellors role is not to take the side of either person or to tell the couple what they should do.
It should be noted that The Gottman Method does not work with relationships that involve domestic violence. If you require help with domestic violence please call 1800RESPECT on
1800 737 732 or alternatively seek a counsellor who specialises in this area.
If you think relationship counselling could help you and your partner I would love to hear from you.