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If you aren’t sure what service is right for you, we invite you to book one free 15 minute phone consultation.
15 minute Phone Consultation
This brief consultation will provide an opportunity for you to find out if I can help you, whether my services are a good fit and answer any questions that you have.
When you book your free consultation, I will give you a call at a time that is convenient for you and we’ll go from there.
1 hour Online Counselling Session
Online counselling involves meeting together online at a pre-arranged time via video sessions. Although online counselling could include all or a combination of the following formats; email, online chat, video sessions (similar to face time), audio only sessions (similar to a phone call) or virtual reality. For online counselling you require a reliable internet connection, a computer, tablet or device which has a camera, microphone, set of headphones and a private space where you won’t be overheard or interrupted. The Counselling Studio specialises in working with people in the way that they need, we recognise that each person is unique and tailor counselling to suit, utilising person-centred counselling and expressive therapy. If you are unable to physically come in for counselling then perhaps bringing counselling to you via the internet is your next best option.
Please note: It is strongly recommended that we connect via a free 15 minute phone/web call before your first online counselling session, please keep this in mind when booking and make an appointment for both.
1 hour Counselling Sessions
Counselling in our beautiful studio is customised to suit your needs. For the first session, we will work together to identify where you want to begin and set goals for our time together. Sessions may involve talk therapy, symbol work, expressive arts therapy, sandplay therapy or a combination of each. No two sessions will be the same, as each person is unique.
1 hour Walk and Talk Therapy Session
Walk and Talk therapy involves meeting at a pre-arranged location and conducting counselling as we walk through a natural environment. This session is for the able-bodied person that would feel more at ease being outside instead of in a room. Moving your body has immediate benefit to your state of mind, ability to cope and helps to process trauma. Because your amazing body remembers past trauma and stores it within, pain and various health challenges can often express or reflect your mental and emotional state. Getting out and about in nature has been long proven to improve your wellbeing, reduce depression and stimulate happiness. In some cultures, forest bathing is an established practice. Walk and talk therapy will take a full hour, either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon, during which we will meet at a pre-arranged location and literally walk and talk. If we encounter others on the path it is unlikely that they will know we are conducting a therapy session, and I will be discreet by talking at a normal level and not drawing attention to us. If you get upset, we will take a breather until you feel ready to continue. In the event of unpredictable weather, you will be given the option to meet at the Studio or at another undercover location. Your session cost includes a bottle of water which I will supply.
Please note: Walk and Talk therapy cannot be booked for your first appointment due to the intake process that is required, however this service is available for subsequent appointments.
Firstly I just want to say… You are not alone.
On average, couples begin counselling 6 years after they begin experiencing challenges. There are many reasons why couples seek help; working through financial issues, recovering from an affair, managing ongoing conflicts, deal with family issues, navigating the impact of external stresses or to deepen your relationship. Through Couple Counselling we will work together to find your way through your particular relationship challenges and learn specific, practical tools to help you.
I conduct Couples Counselling at The Counselling Studio using the highly effective research based Gottman Therapy Method. The Gottman Method is backed up by over 40 years of rigorous research and evidence of effectiveness. Through the Gottman method you will learn how to manage conflict better, deepen and improve your friendship, intimacy and emotional connection and develop shared meaning together.
The Gottman Method for Couples Counselling is carried out over four distinct phases; the Assessment Phase, the Intensive Therapy Phase, The Integration Phase and the Relapse Prevention Phase.
Phase 1 – The Assessment Phase – The first step in couples counselling is a thorough Assessment Phase which will show exactly where your particular challenges are, ensuring therapy is specifically tailored to your needs.
The Assessment Phase involves:
- Both partners attending together to engage in an initial 1 ½ hour consultation to determine what has brought you to therapy, to obtain a relationship history;
- Both partners completing an online couples assessment developed by The Gottman Institute (valued at $99 USD) that will be emailed to you following the first session;
- Each partner attending a 1 hour individual session to engage in a personal history interview that allows me to deeply understand each of you;
- Both partners attending a 1 ½ hour feedback and goal setting session – During the feedback session, we will then, together, collaborate on an appropriate plan to move forward.
Phase 2 – Intensive Therapy Sessions – If you wish to proceed, you will be prioritised and scheduled for six 2 hour intensive therapeutic sessions that will be completed within the following 3-6 weeks, depending on your specific needs. The focus of these sessions will be to help you learn how to move out of painful gridlocked escalated conflict, repair old unprocessed hurts and misunderstandings and move towards a relationship that feels more understanding, connected, and attuned.
At this point you will most likely have developed a range of new relationship skills and ideas for how to keep working on your relationship. We will together discuss your progress and any ongoing needs for additional follow-up appointments as you move into Phase 3.
Phase 3 – Integration – Now is the time to spend time working together at home to ensure you can consistently put your new skills, strategies and behaviours into action. Generally speaking, most couples will continue to engage in fortnightly 1 or 2 hour follow-up appointments for a few weeks to ensure they are able to consistently utilise the skills, strategies, and ideas that have been learned.
Phase 4 – Relapse prevention – At this point most couples feel confident to continue their re-building on their own and our research has indicated that continuing with monthly check in appointments for a few months are important in guarding against relapse. These are then faded out to 3 monthly and perhaps 6 monthly (just like your dental check ups) until you feel confident you have all the skills to continue to deepen and strengthen your relationship.
I am committed to ensuring couples counselling is as positive an experience for both of you and seek to help you both find a way forward from here.
Please note: It is strongly recommended that we connect via a free 15 minute phone/web call before your first online counselling session.
Bookings can be made online at your convenience.
Please be advised:
- Cancellations or rescheduling requires a minimum of 24 hours notice; failure to do so forfeits the full payment, except in genuine emergency situations.
- A complimentary reminder text or email will be sent 48 hours before your appointment.
- Online counselling must be paid a minimum of 24 hours before the session.