My counselling approaches

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 and 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.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy can assisting you by helping to teach you how to change your unhelpful thoughts and behaviour and is effective in treating both mental and emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety.  CBT can teach you practical self-help strategies using a positive approach that is realistic.  CBT is used to treat psychological problems like including depression, anxiety, anxiety disorders and irrational fears.  CBT gives you the skills to challenge and override negative thoughts associated with depression and changing patters of thinking that are associated with the experience of anxiety and can really be considered 'skills for life'. 

Depression and Anxiety Counselling

Talking therapy is a very effective treatment that works towards helping to overcome depression.  Being able to express your emotions in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment is an extremely useful way to release the pain you are feeling inside.  Talking therapy can help you to understand your relationships with others and help to to gain a new perspective on difficult situations.  Some people who come to counselling are looking for help in how to deal with the circumstances that present themselves in every day life while other people wish to talk about events that happened to them as far back as early child hood.

Person Centred Counselling

My preferred approach to counselling is person-centred counselling which embraces the belief that people have the potential to understand themselves and have the capacity to resolve their own problems. This is achieved with the help of the counsellor’s knowledge, theory and personal qualities of expressing empathy and understanding. Person-centred counselling is very much centred on the counsellor’s ability to be genuine with the client and express their respect for them by not judging their thoughts, behaviour or circumstances. Through expressing an accurate level of empathy, understanding and sensitivity towards the client, they can work towards self healing.

Counselling and the NDIS

Counselling is also provided under the NDIS scheme and falls under the category ‘therapeutic support’ which as stated by the NDIS provides facilitating self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources through assisting participants to work towards their personal goals and gain greater insight into their lives.  I provide services under the NDIS for self-managed and plan-managed participants.