Relationship Intimacy Closeness and Jealousy

On the topic of marriage, famed poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran writes ”…stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow…”   There is no doubt that intimacy and closeness are essential characteristics of a successful… Continue reading Relationship Intimacy Closeness and Jealousy

Divorcing Less 2 Years

Australian couples wishing to divorce after less than two years of marriage need to obtain a certificate from a marriage counsellor indicating that the marriage is irreconcilable. Usually one session will suffice to enable the counsellor to issue the certificate Couples should take advantage of the opportunity to explore their issues and improve their communication. Even if… Continue reading Divorcing Less 2 Years

Emotionally Focused Therapy

For our final blog entry in the series on couples counselling approaches we’ll be examining Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). This type of therapy is based on theories of adult attachment and bonding. It aims to increase security, closeness and connection in intimate relationships. History Developed in Canada during the 1980’s by Psychologist Dr. Sue… Continue reading Emotionally Focused Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Families are complex, dynamic, interdependent systems. Each member cannot be fully understood in isolation because the family is an interconnected emotional unit. This is the underlying premise behind Family Systems Therapy. In this blog entry we will continue to explore the different types of methodologies used by relationship counsellors, by focusing on Family Systems Therapy.… Continue reading Family Systems Therapy

The Gottman Approach

Not all practitioners use the same methods in their approach to therapy. When choosing a couples counsellor, it can be useful to understand the different types of methods that exist. All approaches can be effective, however, one may be more appealing or more suitable for you and your partner, depending on your situation. With that… Continue reading The Gottman Approach

Good communication isn't easy

Communication issues are one of the most common problems faced by couples. It’s no surprise that the inability to converse effectively with your partner leads to an unhappy relationship, but why is it so hard? We talk to people everyday, be it at work, or at dinner with friends, even with our local grocer, so… Continue reading Good communication isn't easy


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