Relationship Counselling Psychologist

Relationship Counselling with a Psychologist

relationship counselling psychologist

There are many potential reasons for relationship to be faltering and at risk of falling apart. It does not always “take two to tango.”  A relationship can be changed when one partner is struggling with their life, has an addiction, or develops a mental health disorder. In these circumstances, seeing a psychologist, who is trained to identify and treat these disorders, is a helpful approach for improving relationship satisfaction.

Often, participation in relationship counselling with a psychologist will help you to become aware of the problems in your relationship and of a new way to approach and solve these issues. Every relationship has its challenges, but commitment to relationship counselling with a psychologist can help to see a couple through a challenging time. Alternatively, it is possible that an evaluation of the relationship may mean that you need help to part with dignity. Relationship counselling psychologist

Challenges to commitment and connection in a relationship can include:

  • A lack of skill in communication and expression of affection
  • One or both partners lacking assertiveness, resulting in a large burden of unsolved problems and resentment
  • Infidelity, and resulting trust issues
  • Lack of respect, causing damage to feelings of love and affection
  • Unresolved conflict about issues like parenting, money and family
  • Outside pressures causing a lack of fun and communication, and/or making the relationship a low priority
  • Avoidance of difficult conversations, resulting in a loss of connection or feeling
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Addiction problems

Relationship counselling can help you to identify the problems in your relationship, and your psychologist can help you to develop strategies that will make for a more satisfying relationship.

Sometimes, if one or both parties is certain that a relationship should end, counselling can help them to part with dignity. Often, the couple still has to maintain good communication to negotiate parenting and/or financial issues even after the relationship ends. Counselling can ease the transition to a new life after the relationship has ended.

Health Rebates and Relationship Counselling Psychologist

Most GPs will not create a Mental Health Care Plan for relationship counselling, since these plans are generally used for health problems, and relationship issues are generally not seen as a health problem. Therefore, in most cases you are not able to access a Medicare rebate for relationship counselling. In some special cases, a GP may determine that you have health problems caused by relationship issues, and may create a Mental Health Care Plan for you which provides for couples counselling. In that case, a Medicare rebate would apply for any sessions attended by the person for whom the plan was made. Relationship counselling psychologist

Private health cover rebates, on the other hand, do often apply. Whether or not you are eligible for private health rebates on relationship counselling will depend on which fund you are with, and what level of cover you have. We recommend that you call your private health fund for more information on what level of cover you can expect.

Would you like to see a Relationship Counselling Psychologist?

At Rose Park Psychology, the psychologists who offer relationship counselling are Jill Wiltshire, and Dr Remy McCubbin.  Jill utilise the Gottman Method for relationship counselling.

We have a sister practice, Westbourne Park Psychology, at 401 Goodwood Road, Westbourne Park. Helen White is available to provide relationship counselling at that location.