Relationship Counselling & Marriage Counselling Sydney

Sydney

Five Dock, Dulwich Hill, Riverstone, Green Square (Rosebery), Caringbah, Kogarah, Bondi Junction, North Parramatta, Mosman, Spit Junction, Penrith, Sydney CBD (George St), Sydney CBD (Macquarie St), Crows Nest, Baulkham Hills, Mona Vale, Windsor Downs, - see below for details

At the Hart Centre, we are a group of PSYCHOLOGISTS who are passionate about relationships.

Our vision is to provide the most highly regarded and comprehensive marriage counselling and relationship counselling, and sex therapy in Australia, at reasonable and affordable rates.

Our Sydney team,  Leanne, Michelle, Melanie,  Beverley, Paula, Jeanne, Angelica, Cherie, Gabriela, Russell, Theodora, Simone, Gareth, Dianne,Deborah, Dearne, Kellie & Cristina have been chosen as members because of their caring nature, knowledge, passion and experience in relationship and marriage counselling.

In addition, all our members  take part in both our Initial training as well as our Yearly In-House conferences specializing in Relationship Methodologies, ensuring you are in safe and experienced hands.

Please check with our receptionists, as you may be eligible for Medicare & Private Health Insurance Rebates.

Relationship difficulties

Relationship problems can be painful and confusing, negatively affecting the rest of your life. Very few of us have been taught how to have a good relationship. Most of us are doing the best we know how, but lack the knowledge on how to create a better relationship.

When you are suffering from Relationship difficulties, usually you feel you have lost that loving feeling and sense of connection with your partner.  Sometimes you may feel that you have lost yourself in your relationship. As a result of these, communication problems further erode your sense of relationship happiness and contentment, making  the negative override cycle very difficult to escape from.

Relationship problems usually evolve through a number of Stages as they progress. You can find out what stage your relationship is at.

How our Counselling can help you 

As Psychologists specializing in relationships, we are highly experienced and can help you with all kinds of relationship difficulties, including:

  • Affairs
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Verbal abuse
  • Imbalance of power
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Poor communication
  • Loss of love
  • Relationship neglect
  • Sexual problems
  • Problems from childhood
  • Problems with parenting your children
  • Step children and in-laws
  • All forms of family problems
  • Anger management problems
  • Porn addiction problems
  • Pre-marriage programs
  • Narcissism problems

For advise on any relationship or sexual problems you may have visit our Relationship and Sex Advice page where you can search for your topic.

Our Relationship Counselling approach

At the Hart Centre, we take pride in taking a very positive approach to our relationship counselling.

We feel it is important to really understand the problems and perspectives of each of you, and at the same time, we find that most couples are looking to find a positive action plan and way through their problems to make changes which have a positive impact and a real sense of hope for their relationship.

View our VIDEO on what to expect from our Counselling. or read about frequently asked questions about our relationship and marriage counselling process

Read more about our approach to counselling in our relationship counselling sessions. Some of our clinics also provide after hours and Saturday sessions for your convenience.

Communication is essential in a relationship.

For many people, their ways of communicating with each other are what get in the way of a happy satisfying relationship. Positive Couple Communication skills are not something that we are usually taught.

But almost everyone who is having difficulties in their relationship feel that they are trying to get their message across to their partner,  but that their partner is not listening.

Most people then find that they, themselves don’t want to listen when they experience their partner as not wanting to listen to them, so the net effect is that neither person gets listened to, and both are frustrated. So learning how to communicate your honest thoughts and feelings in a way that your partner does truly listen is a crucial skill for you to feel that you are in a fulfilling relationship. We can show you some simple but effective principles on how to do this with each other.

Want more information? Please help yourself to our free articles on common relationship problems you may be encountering including:

For the latest shortup- to- date articles on relationships, relationship problems and relationship counselling, please also check out our relationship counselling blog. To enquire or book a session with us, please phone 1300 830 552 and our friendly receptionists will help you. Here are our offices for relationship and marriage counselling and family counselling in Sydney:

Sydney
Sydney CBD
Sydney Inner West
Sydney South
Sydney North
Sydney West
Emotional Connection is at the Core of a Relationship

Love and our relationships are all about emotional bonds; having someone who is there for us, someone to depend on, who can offer reliable emotional connection and comfort.

There are key negative and positive emotional moments that define our relationship.

Love drives us to bond emotionally with a precious few others who offer us safe haven from the storms of life. Love is our bulwark, designed to provide emotional protection so we can cope with the ups and downs of existence.

This drive to emotionally attach, to find someone to whom we can feel can “be there for us” is wired into our genes and our bodies.

We need emotional attachments with a few irreplaceable others to be physically and mentally healthy, and to survive.

Because we are attached, we:

-  Monitor and maintain emotional and physical closeness with our beloved

-  Reach out for this person when we are unsure, upset or feeling down

-  Miss this person when we are apart

-  Count on this person to be there for us when we go out into the world and explore

A sense of secure connection between romantic partners is key to positive loving relationships and a huge source of strength for individuals in those relationships.

When we feel generally secure, that is, we feel comfortable with closeness and confident about depending on loved one, we are better at seeking support, and better at giving it.

When we feel safely linked to our partners, we more easily roll with the hurts they inevitably inflict, and we are less likely to get aggressively hostile when we get mad at them.

Secure connection to a loved one is empowering. We understand ourselves better and like ourselves more. We are also more curious and more open to new information, and also more comfortable with ambiguity.

In addition, the more we can reach out to our partners, the more separate and independent we can be. When we feel that our needs are accepted by our partners we are more likely to successfully achieve our own goals.

Simply holding the hand of a loving partner can affect us profoundly, literally calming jittery neurons in the brain.

When we are close to, hold, or make love with our partner, we are flooded with the “cuddle hormones” oxytocin and vasopressin. These hormones flood us with calm and happiness chemicals like dopamine, and turn off stress hormones like cortisol.

Love is not the icing on the cake. It is a basic primary need, like oxygen or water.

When love doesn’t work, it is because at the deepest level we feel disconnected emotionally from each other; we don’t feel safe with each other. Most fights are really about protests over emotional disconnection.

Underneath all the distress, we are asking each other: Can I count on you? Are you there for me? Will you respond when I need you? Do I matter to you? Am I valued and accepted by you? Do you really need me and rely on me?

The anger, the criticism, the demands are really our cries to our lover, calls to stir their heart, to draw our mate back in emotionally and re-establish a safe connection.

For our Hart Sydney Relationship Psychologist who is closest and best for you, please see our Psychologist finder to the right, so that through our relationship and marriage counselling sessions with you, we can help you find the love and connection that is beneath the difficulties you may be currently experiencing.

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