RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

DS Psychology Group are passionate and dedicated to the relationship psychology of all clients. We offer specialised family or relationship counselling designed to increase emotional intimacy, and improve overall personal satisfaction and wellbeing. We value genuine connection, honesty, empathy, care and nurture and are committed to helping people have more satisfying and meaningful relationships which reflect their own key relationship values. The KEY RELATIONSHIP VALUES are care, connection and contribution which inherent in healthy relationships has a significant positive impact on the relationship psychology of all clients.

Our experience is that people attend relationship counselling too late, when one person’s feelings has already changed for the worse and the motivation to improve the issues is no longer there. Relationship counselling requires commitment and emotional effort to improve the relationship psychology of all involved so if you notice you are feeling flat, resentful or simply not happy in your relationship please contact our team today.

Our relationship therapists understand the importance of forming a positive working alliance with each individual, so that each person feels heard and validated and to work together to develop practical and positive ways of changing problematic relationship patterns whether it be with an intimate partner, family member, friend or as a family.

 

Relationship counselling can help to:

  • Understand the patterns in their relationship
  • Identify the issues preventing a healthy and happy relationship
  • Re discover emotional feelings and increase emotional intimacy
  • Address unresolved emotions
  • Improve conflict resolution
  • Explore practical solutions to solvable issues
  • To improve communication and honesty
  • Deal with gridlock or unsolvable issues
  • Improve negotiation of needs and expectations
  • Identify boundaries and what one is willing (or not willing) to do for the relationship future

Our relationship therapists do not judge right or wrong, rather each person is encouraged to be honest, express their true thoughts and feelings so that a thorough identification of relationship difficulties is possible, relationship strengths conveyed, positive solutions discussed and a prognosis for realistic change put forward.

Relationship Counselling Team

John Bowles

John Bowles

Registered Psychologist
MPP, BA Honours (Psychology), MEd (Special Education)

John is a provisional psychologist who has completed a Master of Professional Psychology at Monash University. He is registered with the Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

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Karla Silva

Karla Silva

Relationship, Family
& Child Therapist
Post Grad Dip (Psych),
BSSci (Psych/Marketing)

Areas of Interest – Relationships & Couples Counselling, Family issues, Parenting Support, Stress, Loss and Grief, Adjustment/transition, Work issues

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Helen Hadley

Helen Hadley

Relationship/Family Therapist and Meditation Teacher
Holistic Living Counsellor
Dip. Hol. Coun. Dip in Med. Teacher Training. Post Grad. Fam. Sys. and Family Therapy

Helen has worked extensively as a counsellor since 2008 With a diploma in Holistic Living Counselling, a diploma in Meditation Teacher Training and a post graduate qualification in Family Therapy Systems.

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Tim Smyth

Tim Smyth

Senior Psychologist
(MAPS) BA, PostGradDipPsych, Dip(Couns Psych) AHPRA supervisor

Areas of Interest – Trauma, PTSD, Addictive disorders (drug, alcohol, gambling, sex) , Anger management, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety,  OCD, Relationship issues, adjustment and life transition issues,

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