Relationship Counselling & Marriage Counselling Sydney

Sydney

Broadway (Chippendale), 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, Mona Vale, Windsor Downs, - see below for details

Relationships are our passion at the Hart Centre. We are a team of 70 PSYCHOLOGISTS around Australia who come together to offer you the best in relationship counselling, and are proud to be the largest private relationship help service in Australia today.

Our Sydney group,  Leanne, Michelle, Melanie,  Beverley, Paula, Jeanne, Angelica, Cherie, Russell, Theodora, Simone, Gareth, Dianne,Deborah, Dearne, Kellie & Cristina have been chosen as members because of their empathic nature, their expertise, their passion and professional experience in relationship therapy

We also hold annual In-house conferences with International Guest speakers keeping us up to date with all current discoveries in our field, and making sure you are well looked after.

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 is $155  ($175 for after hours sessions)

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

When your relationship hurts

Not too 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.

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

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:

  • Cheating and  infidelity
  • Controlling and abusive relationships
  • When one of you has more power  or say than the other
  • Not feeling connected and close
  • 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
  • Sexual and intimacy issues
  • Your own problems that you know have come from your childhood
  • Issues and difficulties with how you parent your children
  • How to integrate your step children and in-laws
  • Handling your anger in a manageable way
  • Being addicted to porn
  • 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.

The Hart approach to Relationship Counselling

One of our core values is to choose to take a very positive approach to our marriage 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. 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.

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.

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.

We have additional articles about relationship you can access here:

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

Please phone our receptionists on 1300 830 552 

Relationship and Marriage counselling sessions are 50 mins
Cost is $155  ($175 for after hours sessions)

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