Marriage Counselling / Marital Therapy
What’s Involved in Marriage Counselling?
In the first visit a psychologist will ask many questions about the nature of your problems, causes, history of your relationship, etc. in order to formulate a counselling plan. Marital therapy is likely to involve several components in which specific relationship issues are addressed. It will also usually involve the couple in some home-based tasks where they practise skills addressed in session. Therapy will often involve strategies such as: communication training, problem solving skills training, and strategies designed to break negative patterns of interaction. Obviously each couple presents with a unique set of problems and hence the approach taken varies from couple to couple.
The number of sessions required obviously varies depending on the nature of a couple’s problems, but we have found that many couples attend for around six to eight sessions. Couples usually attend weekly to fortnightly initially, and less frequently as therapy progresses.
What Qualifications Do Marriage Counsellors Have?
Many different people describe themselves as marriage counsellors and their qualifications vary greatly. Some have no university education, while others have completed undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees. In our practice all psychologists have completed a four year undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by a two year post-graduate Master’s degree which entails additional specialised training. In other words they have completed 6 years of full-time university training, in addition to having had postgraduate therapy experience.
Where is it Available?
We have three Clinical Psychologists with expertise in marriage counselling. They work between Hornsby, Parramatta, Hurstville, Chatswood & Blacktown.
What does it cost?
See our page on Fees.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment for any of the above locations please call our office on 9621 7775.