Marriage Therapy in Melbourne
Are you having problems in your marriage? We are the marriage counsellors Melbourne couples can rely on as we work together to find out what is going wrong and discover skills and tools that can be used to improve your relationship. If both parties are still committed, we look at ways to heal hurts and develop a connection that will improve your relationship moving forward.
Sometimes we find that reconciliation is not possible, in this case separation is the only option. It is part of the marriage therapist’s job to support both parties throughout the break up, make it as pain free as possible and minimise emotional harm. This involves talking through and processing emotions and working on issues such as breaking the news to children.
As marriage therapists in Melbourne, we work hard to be more than simply a mediator. We ensure each couple gets the attention and support they need with the necessary amount of sessions (usually between 3 and 16). We have a look at factors such as infidelity, medical conditions and mental illness to determine the duration and type of support that is needed.
We do not use a one size fits all method in our sessions as we understand that each couple and their circumstances will vary. This is why we have a look at each couple and develop an approach that suits them and will enable the best results. Some of our techniques include:
- Emotions Focussed Therapy (EFT): this is ideal for healing emotional hurt and resentment as we place focus on the emotions rather than the conflict.
- John Gottman’s Evidenced-Based Principles for making happy relationships: aims to improve the intimacy of the relationship by giving the couple tools and skills to communicate with each other effectively
- Overcoming sexual issues: such as lack of intimacy or desire, sexual pressure, incompatibility issues, problems with communication, etc. Sometimes individual therapy is needed at the same time.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: this allows the couple to develop future goals and get a sense of direction by identifying mutual values.
- Schema Therapy: this is used to identify life-traps (we all have them!) that help people to discover why they act the way they do.
No matter what approach we use in marriage therapy in Melbourne, building a trusting relationship with our patients is our top priority as it is this that determines successful counseling.