Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling with a Psychologist Can Help

We all would probably list love as one of the main ingredients of a happy life. Yet relationships, for all their potential, can be an arena where we act out old, destructive patterns of behaviour, bring up our insecurities, and communicate ineffectively. Couples counselling can be undertaken to improve or strengthen a relationship that is under stress.

If you recognise some of the following, you may benefit from couples counselling:

  • Frequent petty fights and conflict
  • Drifting apart and having nothing to say to each other any more
  • Lack of intimacy, both physical and emotional
  • Struggling to build a cohesive unit in blended families
  • Infidelity and lack of trust
  • Allowing outside influences such as in-laws or work to impact on the relationship
  • Vastly different views on parenting

Couples counselling helps to:

  • Improve communication
  • Teach effective problem-solving techniques
  • Explore and encourage ways to connect better
  • Learn to fulfill each other’s needs better
  • Strengthen cohesion and commitment
  • Help families get along better
  • Build a shared vision for the future

Gottman Method

Tina Charles and Jill Wiltshire both have a considered and structured approach to relationships based on the Gottman Method. One of the advantages of this method is that it enables a couple to disengage from conflict and look at how they can constructively learn new skills and take a different approach.

See a couples counselling psychologist

At our sister practice, Westbourne Park Psychology, on Goodwood Road, clinical psychologist Margaret Mitchell is available to see you.

Couples counselling and private health and Medicare rebate

Many GPs are reluctant to refer for couples counselling under a Mental Health Care Plan, because Medicare is for health problems as opposed to relationship issues. If you feel that relationship difficulties contribute to excessive anxiety and depression you could discuss that with your GP. As stated, however, many GPs do not see couples counselling as a health-related problem, so will not create a Mental Health Care Plan for this service. Private health cover extras does apply. Please check your health fund for information about your refund, as we are unable to tell you ahead of time what your cover will be.