Relationship Counselling

Relationships are not always easy. Some people struggle more than others with building and maintaining healthy and balanced relationships with others. If this is you, it might be the result of other factors in your life that you are unaware of. There may be unhelpful patterns of communicating that have formed over time, and these may be affecting your work, friendships, or romantic/marital relationship.

Relationships: rewarding, fulfilling… and complicated

Most couples and families will at some point encounter periods of increased conflict, mistrust, emotional turmoil, anger, or a noticeable break-down in communication. It can be difficult to recognise the changes in behaviour, context and dynamics contributing to this and frightening to realise that your old methods of communicating are no longer effective. Relationship counselling provides a space in which open and healing-focused communication is facilitated. Couples are given an environment in which they can express their needs and gain important skills to better resolve conflict and move forward in their relationship. 

We can help you

  • Uncover unhelpful relationship beliefs.
  • Learn  new ways to interpret the actions of others.
  • Improve communication of your needs and feelings.
  • Change problematic conflict patterns 
  • Help set better boundaries.
  • Choose and develop healthier relationships

There are many helpful ways of improving your interpersonal relationships and Marsden’s skilled relationship counsellors and psychologists can assist individuals, families and couples to understand their relationship difficulties and improve their ways of expressing relationship needs – be they in a professional relationship or a personal relationship.

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What to expect

Making your first appointment

Once you’ve decided to try therapy, call our kind and caring admin team on (02) 9139 0126 to discuss what you are having difficulty with and book your first appointment.

Attending the initial consultation

In the initial consultation, your therapist is looking to build a picture of how you’ve come to where you are today and what you are looking to get out of therapy. Your therapist will do their best to address any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Creating a treatment plan together

Over the first three sessions, your therapist will work collaboratively with you to establish goals for therapy. They are designed to be specific, realistic, and tailored to your needs.

Undergoing therapy

As your therapy goes on, you will continue the process of building a trusting relationship with your therapist. You will work with them to find alternative ways of thinking and behaving, build resilience and learn new skills that will help to see yourself and the world differently, and promote helpful actions in life.

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Ready to see a psychologist?

There can be lots of questions that come up when you’re trying to make a decision about whether to see a psychologist. If you have a question that we haven’t answered in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on (02) 9139 0126  or email . Our friendly support team will get back to you within one business day.