Relationship Counselling

What is relationship counselling?

When you need to work at your relationship, we provide effective relationship help.

Relationship counselling can be hard work for any couple. 

It is important for the counsellor to make both partners feel supported and heard in their experience of what is going on in the relationship.

Below, we break down the main areas which our relationship counselling program will help you to tackle.

Main problems in a couple relationship

Communication issues

‘They never listen to me’ 

‘I can’t get a word in’

‘We don’t talk anymore’  

All relationships need work.  At some point, things get rocky. However, do you strongly feel like you are having the same conversation over and over and not getting anywhere? Or are you just not talking at all? When you aren’t talking, it’s hard to fix things. For example, what often happens is we get caught into ‘he said/she said’ arguments that go nowhere. What’s more we get caught up in a cycle of fighting. Sometimes you also feel the point of the argument gets lost. Now, the point of the argument is simply having an argument.   

Because we know our partner well, we also know how to hurt them. Sometimes we say hurtful things and this escalates into a two-way battle. 

If this all sounds and feels familiar, read on. These are very typical relationship problems.   

We provide effective relationship help and relationship advice. When we sit with both of you and start talking about communication, usually each partner recognizes what they are doing that is unhelpful. It’s important to understand what adds to the breakdown in connection. Unhelpful and negative behaviour has reasons behind it. 

In our relationship counselling, you will understand why you and your partner might be doing this. There are sometimes many reasons. Often it is because we feel unheard, unsupported and insecure. That makes us revert back to bad ways of communicating. 

When communication with your partner is making things not work, reach out to our service and we will talk this through.

Emotional connection

‘I feel alone in this relationship’ or ‘they are so hot and cold all the time’ or even ‘i’m walking on egg shells’

The glue that holds any relationship together is the connection that you have. Remember back to when you first met, usually you think of a time where you both spent time together, went out of your way to do something special or just had one-on-one time. Over time we get busy and comfortable or issues come up that pull you apart. 

We usually see this in relationship counseling, with couples who haven’t spent the time to talk things through and feel unable to share their feelings in a safe way. A lot of couples are unsure how to support their partner when they are going through a hard time. We also see feelings being hidden away or replacing true feelings with frustration of the other person. It’s easier to display anger and irritation than sadness or fear. 

Our first priority in your emotional connection to your partner is talking about your ability to feel safe with them. There may have been real reasons why you have pulled away from them and our sessions focus on this. If you want a deeper connection with your partner please contact our service and we will discuss this further.

Conflict/trust breakdown

‘I’ve lost trust in them’

‘I just don’t know who they are anymore’ 

Is there just that ‘one thing’ that has ripped your relationship apart? Is it an affair? Is it about money? Is it something one of you has done ‘out of character’? 

This is often the one fight you always have and it seems that all other fights revert back to this one issue. You both feel stuck and consumed by this issue. You go around in circles and can’t move forward. The other aspect of this is your changed perception of your partner and the loss of respect or trust that has come with it. 

The way they have behaved or treated you in the past has carried forward. Now it taints how you both interact. We don’t downplay how horrible this experience can be and what you are going through right now. All is not lost. If both partners are willing and wanting to work on the relationship, things can get better.

If any or a combination of the above issues are happening for you and your partner our service is here to help. We are happy to have a conversation over the phone or to speak with you on a first appointment time. Take the time for your relationship.

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FEES: All sessions cost $150 per session.
A reduced fee can be organised upon request.

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Our Therapists

Coby Liew Counsellor Safe Place Therapy

Coby Liew

Counsellor | Social Worker | Clinical Hypnotherapist

Coby is exceptionally passionate in mental health practice and he has extensive experience working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures.

He has vast experience and training in issues related to relationship and intimacy, as well as communication and conflict resolution.

Coby can share with you some insights into what dynamics are at work that can impede you from having the relationship you really desire. Coby is down to earth, honest, reliable, and practical in his approach to counselling and contemporary psychotherapy.

He communicates fluently in several languages including English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese, Hakka, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Mary Andreadis Safe Place Therapy

Mary Andreadis

Provisional Psychologist | Therapist

Mary provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment in which couples can discuss and explore any difficulties they have been facing. 

Mary draws upon a number of therapeutic modalities to support couples through issues including challenges around communication, infidelity, mental health, life changes, parenting and connection. 

She acknowledges that each relationship is unique and is flexible in the approach that she takes, ensuring that it is right for each couple.