Marriage Counselling

Experienced psychologists helping you to bring harmony and connection back to your relationships through marriage counselling.

Do you want to improve your relationship?
Do you want to reconnect with your partner?
Do you want to resolve your differences?

If you want to bring harmony and connection back to your relationship then you might want to consider the benefits of Marriage Counselling. This might even be something you have been thinking about for some time. If you are unable to move past your differences’ then it might be time to seek the expertise of a professional marriage counsellor.

Can Marriage Counselling make a difference to my relationship?

Yes, it can. Seeking outside help to resolve your differences can be the answer to your prayers. When you’re stuck facing the same problems, seeking outside help and intervention might be necessary to see you through to the other side.

Our goal is to work with you as individuals as well as together to reconnect and resolve your differences, giving you the opportunity to work through and face the challenges ahead.

We recommend you give marriage counselling a try before giving up on your relationship. It may not fix all your problems, but you can certainly reach a better understanding and be able to learn strategies to enable you to better communicate with your partner.

The best part about Marriage Counselling is that you enter into a neutral space. You can feel calm and free to voice your concerns, feelings and needs. Working with a trained Psychologist from A resolution Applecross means finding common ground and working towards resolving your ongoing issues.

How can Marriage Counselling help me?

Resolving conflict, increasing intimacy, respect and affection are just some of the key drivers for a Marriage counselling session. We want to remove any barriers and enable you both to reach a place of mutual understanding and empathy.

We can achieve this and help you through a number of techniques including:

  • Building love maps (understanding of each other’s world)
  • Sharing fondness and admiration
  • Turning towards (as opposed to turning away from) each other
  • The positive perspective (seeing your partner as a friend, not an adversary)
  • Managing conflict
  • Making life dreams come true
  • Creating shared meaning
  • Trust
  • Commitment

What type of issues are suitable for marriage or relationship counselling?

  • Conflict resolution and communication
  • Depression and Anxiety or other Mental Health concerns
  • Anger management
  • Sex difficulties
  • Recovering from an affair
  • Parenting (including parenting alliance, transitioning to being parents)
  • And more….

What happens in Marriage Counselling session?

Once you have found the courage to seek a marriage counsellor and ask for help we then meet with you and your partner together for your first session. For the second session we meet with you both individually. These initial sessions are about understanding your personal and relationship history, the difficulties you are facing and the goals you want to achieve through the counselling process.

Both our Relationship Counselling Psychologists are approved members of the Gottman Relationship Check Up assessment service. This means they can provide you with an in-depth assessment of your relationship strengths and areas for development to assist with your relationship counselling plan.

What type of Marriage Counselling therapy do you use?

Gottman method therapy, cognitive behavioural couple therapy and interpersonal therapy will all be available to use during your marriage counselling journey.

How long are the sessions?

The first session that forms part of your assessment and goal setting is 1hr and 20 mins in duration. The next one to two intervention sessions are generally 50 minutes each. From that point, you have a choice to continue with 50 minute sessions or 1hr and 20 minute sessions.

Most couples attend between 8 and 24 hours of therapy across a 12-18 month period.

Can I get a rebate for Marriage Counselling?

There are two types of consideration for rebates including Medicare rebates and Private Health Fund rebates. If you have a diagnosed mental health condition such as anxiety or depression and your G.P accepts that interpersonal therapy is a suitable method for intervention you may receive a Medicare Rebate. Private health rebates may apply for Psychological services, but we recommend checking with your health provider first.

Why Choose A resolution Applecross Marriage Counselling?

Our Perth-based psychologists are willing and able to help you and your partner reach a solution and resolve ongoing issues in your relationship. Our relationship advice psychologists can even help you work out whether or not you want to work it out. Either way, opening communication with your partner is the key to marriage counselling and we aim to provide you with the space and guidance to help you find a resolution.

Our experienced Marriage Counselling Team

Megan Moosa
Senior Psychologist

Megan is a Senior Psychologist at Aresolution. Megan brings over 10 years experience providing expertise to marriages, adolescents, couples and families in private practice and government settings. Megan has experience in helping couples with conflict and communication issues, substance and alcohol use, trust and intimacy issues.Megan is passionate about her work in helping couples manage conflict, alcohol use,   parenting and family issues.

Find out more about Megan Moosa

Heidi Smith
Principal Psychologist

Heidi specialises in working with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships such as conflict, communication, alcohol abuse, breaches of trust and intimacy issues. Heidi has helped hundreds of couples improve their relationships, manage mental health concerns for over 8 years. Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Heidi uses Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-behavioural therapy, Gottman’s couple therapy and Emotional Focused therapy in her approach to help clients manage issues.

Find out more about Heidi Smith

Clinical Psychologist

Unami loves to work with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships such as conflict, communication, breaches of trust and intimacy issues. Her approach to working with couples is communication focused. Unami’s aim is to help you build a deeper connection and understanding of yourself and your partner.

Unami has over 12 years experience in counselling and has developed her relationship and family counselling skills during her time at Relationships Australia. Unami has experience with couple conflict, trust issues, family challenges and parenting.

Unami uses Gottman Method therapy to help couples improve communication, conflict, connection and understanding.

Find out more about Unami Magwenzi

Kellie Adams
Senior Psychologist

Kellie is new to our practice in Applecross but she is gained a lot of experience working with couples and families at Relationships Australia. Kellie is passionate about her work in helping couples manage conflict, alcohol use, parenting and family issues.

Kellie is completing advance training in Emotion Focused therapy for couples. The distressed couples who may benefit from EFT include those where one or both partners suffer from depression, addiction, post traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness, among other disorders. EFT has proven to be a powerful approach for couples dealing with infidelity or other more traumatic incidents, both current and past.

Find out more about Kellie Adams

Faq

Our appointments are either 50 mins or 80 minutes of face-to-face time (i.e., time you meet with your psychologist). The remainder of the session is to make notes and prepare for your next session, this ensures that our sessions start on the hour or half hour. Initial individual appointments are 50 mins and couple or family appointments are generally 80 minutes.
Everyone’s journey is different however, it generally takes about 3 sessions to establish your concerns, discuss a bit of the history of the problem and agree on how you and your therapist will work together and what you will work on. From here there are Australian Guidelines for Evidence Based Treatment for Mental Health conditions. For depression/anxiety a minimum of 6 – 14 sessions may be required, for PTSD this may be up to 24 sessions (for complex PTSD) for couple’s experiencing a lot of conflict this can be around 16-24 sessions.
In the beginning you will need see your therapist weekly to establish your therapy and build some traction. This takes a minimum of 3 sessions we recommend you book these in on your first appointment. After this, therapy needs to be paced according to your issues, the therapy style your therapist is using and even your financial considerations. Some people come fortnightly, others monthly.
Once you book an appointment its yours. We encourage you to keep your appointments to avoid delays in booking new ones and to speak with our team members about discontinuing therapy. If there is no way you can make it please call reception to reschedule.

If there is no way you can make a skype session and you need to change or cancel an appointment, please provide at least 48 hours notice otherwise there are cancellation fees.

All of our team members are registered psychologists so you are able to claim Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates (you can only claim one or the other per session). Medicare provides a rebate of either $84.80 or $124.50 back per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year provided you have a Mental Health Plan drafted by your GP and a referral letter to any psychologist. After the initial 6 sessions you need to return to your GP for a review to access the final 4 for the calendar year. Private health rebates are available provided you have cover for psychology.

We offer appointments between the hours of 9 am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Individual psychologist availability varies, please contact reception for more information.

Our couch, Your private space

Our private and warmly appointed rooms in Applecross provide the perfect space for you to begin your journey of self-development and start taking control of leading a more fulfilling life. We are located near Applecross Village with a private rear entry, upstairs at the back of the building.

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