Relationship Counselling Sydney & Marriage Counselling Sydney

Relationship Counselling Sydney

Sydney CBD (George St), Sydney CBD (Pitt St), Glebe, Randwick, Five Dock, Dulwich Hill, Riverstone, Green Square (Rosebery), Caringbah, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Mosman (Military Rd), Crows Nest, Mona Vale, Windsor Downs (Leanne), - see below for details

Our relationships form the basis of our lives, and the most important relationship of all is the one we have with our partner.

Often when our marriage or relationship is going well, life goes well. But when our relationship isn’t going well, it can feel as though a dark cloud looms over everything else.

When you’re having difficulties in your marriage or relationship, it makes life hard. It effects every facet; children, finances, living arrangements, work, health and even your sleep.

Unhappy relationships don’t just occur suddenly, often they happen slowly over time, often without either person being aware of just how bad it’s become. The marriage or partnership turns stale, uninspiring, or worse, destructive.

While it’s true that some couples end up descending the downward spiral, for others, things actually get better with time. This kind of relationship is available to you.

At The Hart Centre, we’re psychologists passionate about helping create great relationships.

We’re proud to have helped over 10,000 couples in the past 18 years.

Do any of these sound familiar?
  • You’re fighting with your partner all the time
  • You’re struggling to feel happy or fulfilled in your relationship
  • You’re trying to decide whether to leave the relationship or stay
  • Your partner has said they’re ready to leave
  • You’re trying to overcome a betrayal, infidelity or tragedy
  • You want the spark you had at the very beginning back (butterflies and all)
  • You love your partner but you just can’t see a way forward with them
  • You need support to figure out what is best for you
  • You want strategies and tools to communicate better

Because we have over 18 years’ experience helping couples, we understand the frustrations and struggles of unhealthy relationships, and the important foundations of happy relationships. So, if you’re ready to seek help with yours, we’re here to support you.

About The Hart Centre group

The Hart Centre is Australia’s leading group of highly regarded relationship psychologists. We specialise in relationship counselling, marriage counselling and sex therapy in Sydney, with affordable rates.

Our team of 72 PSYCHOLOGISTS  at 80 locations Australia wide have a vision, and that is to provide the most highly regarded and comprehensive marriage counselling and relationship counselling, and sex therapy in Australia, at reasonable rates.  Relationship Counselling Sydney

We have hand-picked our Sydney group of psychologists:  Leanne,  Michelle, Melanie,  Beverley, Jeanne, Angelica, Cherie, Theodora, Deborah, Dearne, Kellie, Cristina, Noga, Pam, Tracy and Joclyn because of their understanding nature, their knowledge, and their experience in marriage and relationship counselling. Relationship Counselling Sydney

If you’d like to read more about us, The Hart Centre has also been featured as Relationship Experts on ABC radio, and in, Body and Soul,,, Australian Women’s Weekly, Essential Kids, Kidspot, The Courier Mail and more.

What is our counselling success rate?

While every couple’s situation is different, feedback we have received from our clients is 90 – 95% have positively reported that they found counselling with our psychologists beneficial to their relationship.Relationship counselling sydney.

relationship counselling sydney

As we are all psychologists, you may be able to claim Medicare & Private Health Insurance Rebates so please check with our receptionists.

Our Relationship and Marriage counselling sessions are 50 mins
Cost: $170  ($185 for after hours sessions or for all sessions at CBD locations)

Private Health Insurance Rebates apply, and Medicare Rebates may apply.
Phone  us on 1300 830 552 and our friendly receptionists will help you.

How do I choose the best psychologist to help?

The choice of relationship psychologist you make is important. It can help to keep in mind that relationship, marriage and couples counselling is a very specialised field of psychology.

At The Hart Centre, we ensure that all of our specialist relationship psychologists take part in both our Initial training as well as our annual In-House conferences, where we bring in relationship and marriage experts to speak, from around the world.

For you to get the best results from counselling as possible, there needs to be a combination of two elements. Firstly, the psychologist needs to be experienced and knowledgeable in the field of relationships; and secondly, a good ‘therapeutic relationship’ should be developed. This simply means that you and your partner feel supported and understood by the psychologist, and that you trust them.

To help you make this decision, on each of our psychologists’ profiles we include in-depth overviews of experience and qualifications, so you can feel comfortable with the psychologist you would be seeing, before booking an appointment.

The Hart approach to relationship counselling

Before coming to see a relationship psychologist for the first time, it’s natural to be nervous about what the psychologist might recommend. We pride ourselves in taking a positive approach to our relationship counselling.

We start with talking with you as individuals to gain a full understanding of each of your perspectives, and then we move to helping you understand with compassion, the dynamics underlying your problems, and then move to a positive action plan so that you can feel confident that you are making real progress. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you will need more than one or two sessions, but you should see progress each session.

You may want to look at our VIDEO on what to expect from our Counselling below or read more at 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.

When your relationship hurts

As we have grown up, not many of us have been shown how to have a rewarding and vibrant relationship. Mostly we are doing the best we can with little or no knowledge.

So, once we are in a relationship, it is only a matter of time until the shine starts to fade and problems and hurts arise. This can be from a number of different dynamics that are operating between the both of you that only become noticable over time.

We know that most couples want to find out the cause of their particular relationship problem, resolve them quickly, and then move onto bigger and better things, and that is what we focus on.

Under our expert guidance, you will gain a deeper understanding of your unique relationship difficulties and are given options and actions to help you become “unstuck” and move toward your relationship potential. Relationship counselling sydney with psychologist sydney.

If you would like to know more about the stages that relationships go through, please click here.

relationship counselling sydney

How our Counselling can be of assistance for you

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

  • Not feeling connected or close anymore
  • Cheating, affairs and infidelity
  • When one of you has more power or say than the other
  • Controlling and abusive relationships
  • Not being able to communicate or listen effectively
  • Feeling that you are not loved by your partner
  • Feeling you are being taken for granted by your partner
  • Your own problems that you know have come from your childhood
  • Issues and difficulties with how you parent your children
  • Handling your anger in a manageable way
  • Sexual and intimacy issues
  • Being addicted to porn
  • How to integrate your step children and in-laws
  • Checking on your relationship before your get married
  • Handling someone who has many Narcissistic tendencies

If you would like more information on any specific relationship or sexual problem, please check out our Relationship and Sex Advice page where you can search for any issue you have.

Does it feel like your partner doesn’t listen to you?

Almost every couple who comes in to see us, feels that their partner doesn’t listen to them. And almost universally, then you do not want to listen to them either. So you are left with a lose-lose situation of mutual withholding where neither of your are getting what you want from the relationship. Relationship Counselling Sydney

Being able to speak and have your partner listen and respond empathically is essential to a good relationship.

We can show you how to overcome this stuck pattern so you are back on track and into a win-win cycle again.

relationship counselling sydney
Perhaps you’ve been neglecting your relationship?

Its so easy to get busy with your life and all the other commitments you have and forget that your relationship is a living breathing thing that needs ongoing nurturing, in the way of time and energy in being together and fully engaging and having fun  with each other.

If you have unwittingly allowed your relationship to go this way, we can help to get your relationship back on track. Relationship counselling sydney.

Unresolved conflict over the years?

Every couple has conflict because we are 2 different people, but it is important to be able to resolve the conflict that comes up in a reasonable time, and not let it go on, go under or simmer away for years, secreting blaming each other, and letting your relationship become less than loving.

Our Sydney Relationship Psychologists will be able to help you get to the bottom of what is stopping you being able to resolve your problems, creating a freer, more enjoyable relationship for you both.

 An affair or betrayal can be devastating

When one partner chooses to look outside their relationship and develop another connection with someone, this causes a huge amount of pain for the partner whose agreement of monogamy has been betrayed. It is an extremely difficult time, but in which, if you both want to work on rebuilding your relationship and intimacy, can be achieved over time.

Our Relationships Psychologists are trained in helping you take all the necessary steps that you will need to take in order to rebuild your relationship, and often this time can be used as a valuable time to grow your relationship into an even better one that you have had before.

We have additional articles about relationship you can access here:

Or you could read more recent postings on our relationship counselling blog.

How to book an appointment

To enquire or book a session with us, please phone 1300 830 552 and our receptionists will help you.

If you’d prefer to search our psychologists in Sydney, please click on the location below that is most suitable, or use our Find Our Psychologist search tool above.

If you’d like help choosing the best psychologist for you, our friendly receptionists will be happy to assist. Simply phone us on 1300 830 552.

Relationship and Marriage counselling sessions are 50 mins
Cost: $170  ($185 for after hours sessions or for all sessions at CBD locations)

Private Health Insurance Rebates apply, and Medicare Rebates may apply.
Here are our offices for marriage and relationship counselling in Sydney:

Relationship Counselling Sydney
Sydney CBD
Sydney Inner West
Sydney South
Sydney North
Sydney West
Sydney East
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 “cuddle hormones”.

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.


What to Expect From Counselling:

Find Our Psychologist Near You


Our selection of blog posts on

Relationships & Sex

Browse blog posts by category