Couples & Relationship Counselling in St Kilda, Melbourne
Relationships can include romantic partners, friendships, family or work colleagues. Each relationship in your life comes with its own unique values and challenges.
What type of relationships do you want in your life?
As people, we want to feel connected and supported in our relationships; when this is missing, we can experience disappointment, a sense of emotional deprivation or loneliness. In therapy, we can assist in identifying your values and needs from those in your life.
Are your relationships bringing you joy or are they causing you harm?
Why do we attract certain people into our lives and why do we get stuck in cycles in our relationships?
Finding a confidential and comfortable space to reflect on your relationships may help clarify what relationships are healthy rather than ones that sparked by maladaptive defences. Let us assist in developing a clearer understanding of your drives that can enrich your everyday life.
Do certain people bring out the best in you? Or do you find others make you feel heavy, regretful or tearful?
Why do we attach ourselves to unhealthy relationships? Why do sometimes we feel that we cycle through similar themes in relationships such as emotional deprivation, abandonment or fear?
We can assist you in exploring your relationship style and attachment patterns. We work with evidence-based research to draw out clear language to define what your barriers may be. Give yourself the opportunity for growth and learn more about you.
We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” – John Lennon.
Below are a few our most frequently asked questions. Take a look and if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
A psychologist is trained with undergraduate and postgraduate studies of psychological science and assessment. Psychologists treat those that range from those who suffer serious mental illness to those needing support in understanding their relationships, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with additional specialised training in mental health. They are able to prescribe medication and work well with GP’s and psychologists.
Have you ever been to a GP and thought you might be suited to another doctor? It is the same with a psychologist. It is important that in the first session you ask questions and learn about the therapist’s style in order to feel comfortable. You or someone you know may have had a disappointing experience with a psychologist in the past – do not let this be a barrier to reaching your goals, it just wasn’t the right fit. We care about placing you with the right person, with the right intervention and at the right time.
Absolutely not. Psychological therapy is available to every person on planet earth. We are all human and share similar hopes, fears and struggles. No one is immune to the complexity of life and seeking education about your mental health is something to be proud of. Each year we get better at communicating our mental wellbeing, and our communities are benefitting from the results.
As caring and empathetic your concerns may be for a loved one, it is up to them to make change happen. But your insight and access to our resources can be of great benefit. The Contemporary Psychology clinic has a wide variety of information to offer so you can direct them to this website, this way they can see what we’re on about, and they can send an email or give us a call. You are also encouraged to attend and discuss your own fears regarding a loved one if this has been getting you down.