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    • Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

      We will work individually with you in clarifying what is bothering you.

      Preliminary counselling and assessment usually involves a few sessions. However you will be encouraged to decide whether you feel comfortable to continue after the first session. At the end of the assessment period we will discuss and decide on the most appropriate option and that involves whether to continue with counselling or stop at that point. If you have a particular problem we can work on that in a few sessions but if you want to look at deeper issues we will need more time to achieve a real, sustained shift in being. This is a simplistic way of distinguishing between counselling and psychotherapy.

    • Relationship Counselling

      We offer counselling for every kind of relationship, heterosexual or same-sex, and other relationship pairings such as those that occur in families.

      Relationship counselling helps people work out problems that occur in every marriage or relationship. One of the myths that pervades society is that if only one could find the 'right' person the perfect relationship will follow. This is untrue. Relationships are difficult and require some effort; and even the best of relationships face challenging periods. Most relationships share some common features but each relationship is unique.

      We offer a supportive and respectful environment in which to consider both individuals in the relationship and to encourage each person to talk about how things are from their own perspective.

      We will encourage you to use the space to think about and discuss what you are experiencing. As in individual counselling, two people presenting for treatment together might find the first session a little confronting, but it is important to know that we will take things as slowly as you find comfortable.

      Relationships tell us a great deal about ourselves as individuals. People realise what annoys them, pleases them, and affects them by being in a relationship with someone else. One of the things we will do in therapy is to encourage you to think about what it is about you as an individual that is affecting the relationship. We will try to think differently about problems between the two of you and work out why they are occurring before we think about trying something different.

    • Pre-marriage counselling and short courses for couples

      Pre-marriage counselling can help couples prepare for those challenges that occur in every marriage or long term relationship and to learn skills for maintaining and enhancing the relationship.

      Couples face more demands and stresses in their relationship than previous generations. Expectations of partners are higher yet there is less support. This kind of counselling is for couples who want to think about and understand what is involved in maintaining a long-term, committed relationship whether it be a marriage or a de facto relationship. It is recommended that couples attend 3 × 2 hourly sessions ideally once a week for three weeks.

    • 3 × 2 hour sessions will cover the following topics:

      communication

      commitment

      influence of family backgrounds

      problems

      intimacy

      building and maintaining a rewarding relationship

    • Abusive Relationships

      We also have experience working with people who have left or want to leave manipulative, controlling groups and relationships. Many people have left a spiritual or religious group as something didn’t seem quite right but have not yet made sense of what was going on. It is important to explore those doubts, misgivings, and lingering concerns, in order to move onto a more fulfilling life and to develop the confidence to trust your own judgement and choices.

    • Telephone & Skype Counselling

      We offer therapy via telephone or Skype for people who are not able to come and see us in person or are often away on business. This method of counselling is not necessarily suitable for everyone or for all issues, so we would need to have a preliminary (free) discussion with you before arranging a first session.

      Payment for sessions can be paid for by transferring the fee directly into the nominated account.