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Couples Therapy

Based on the world class Gottman Therapy Method

Build stronger relationships and learn practical skills to improve how you cope with issues together.

We teach couples how to repair past hurts and replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions.

A happy couple’s secret weapon

Our approach to couples’ therapy includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on Gottman Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)

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Our couples’ therapy aligns with relationship theories that are evidence-based and developed from decades of research into adult attachment, the differences between happy and unhappy couples and human bonding. Dr. John Gottman has revolutionised the study of marriage. For nearly four decades he has conducted research on all facets of relationships, including parenting issues. At the Institute, in collaboration with Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, he developed an approach that not only supports and repairs troubled marriages and committed relationships, but strengthens happy ones. Dr Sue Johnson’s work on EFT based on 50 years of research into human bonding and 30 years of research from their lab into helping couples connect and thrive.

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Couples Therapy Helps Partners To…


Increase respect, love & affection


Break through & resolve conflict when they feel stuck


Keep conflict discussions calm


Feel emotionally connected again


Brings the friendship back to their relationship

Why Leading Change Psychology?

Couples Therapy

Who Can Benefit from Couples Counselling?

Our couples’ therapy is beneficial to all types of couples. Some of the relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:

  • Frequent conflict and arguments
  • Poor communication
  • Emotionally distanced couples on the verge of separation
  • Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting
Couples Therapy


  • Providing you with a professional, experienced and trained couples’ practitioner
  • Providing you with a structured approach to couples therapy
  • Offering you emotion coaching to increase the emotional intelligence between you
  • Giving you the practical skills to dialogue constructively about conflict
  • Teaching you how to repair hurts in your relationship and restore mutual affection
  • Helping you redefine dreams and goals to share
Couples Therapy


The goals of our couples’ therapy are aligned with the Gottman Method Couples Therapy principles as well as evidence-based couples therapy such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

The aims of therapy are to disarm conflict communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Couples Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Couples who enter into therapy with us begin with an assessment process that then informs the therapeutic framework and intervention. Assessment involves a conjoint session, followed by individual interviews with each partner. Couples complete Gottman Relationship questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback on their relationship.

Therapeutic Framework
It is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning.

No, the Medicare Benefits Scheme, governed by the Department of Human Services unfortunately does not cover couples counselling. Be aware if you are advised by another service that you can claim Medicare rebate for couples’ therapy you may be at risk of accessing a service where the clinician is not couples therapy trained.

Rebates are available through your private health insurance. Check with your provider to see whether you are eligible for a psychology rebate.

If you don’t have private health insurance you may be able to access our couples therapy for free through your work’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program). You can ask for this service to be approved for Leading Change Psychology.

Be aware if you are advised by another service that you can claim Medicare rebate for couples’ therapy you may be at risk of accessing a service where the clinician is not couples therapy trained.

The couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of the sessions. Fortnightly sessions are ideal because they give couples enough time in between sessions to practice what they have learned in therapy.

In the assessment process you will both have an individual interview however after this point you will attend all the therapy sessions together.

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