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PO Box: P.O. Box 398, Southport BC QLD 4215

Call: (07) 5527 6006
Mobile: 0419 738 231
Fax: (07) 5528 3507

Location: Suite 1508, Level 5, Tower 1,

Southport Central

56 Scarborough Street Southport QLD

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Couple & Marriage Counselling

Get your relationship or marriage back on track now.

Having a close connected relationship with understanding and support is something that most people want. Challenges to a relationship can occur at any stage of a relationship and most couples will face issues and challenges at some point in their relationship.

What tools you will learn

Improving Intimacy and Emotional Connection

Conflict Management

Understanding Your Partner's Needs

Accepting differences

Supporting Each Other's Life Dreams

Listening and Communication 

Common Issues

There is nothing wrong with you if you are having problems in your relationship, it's normal. However, if the problems in your relationship are persistent and/or affecting your quality of life, I would recommend that you seek counselling or couples therapy. Some of the more common problems include:

  • Communication difficulties – not feeling understood or known by your partner and avoiding issues

  • Sexual dissatisfaction and lack of romance, passion and intimacy

  • Power struggles – one or both partners do not compromises or accept influence

  • Lack of emotional connection and emotional distance

  • Betrayal and trust issues – Affairs (either sexual, porn, or emotional) and other addictions

  • Conflict and constant fighting with little or no resolution or repair

  • The same conflict issues coming up weekly, monthly and yearly

  • Outside Influences – Work, In laws, or Family

  • Grief and Loss

  • Feeling unsupported and misunderstood

What can you expect in couples counselling?

When you come to couples counselling or couples therapy you can expect to be able to share your relational difficulties in a respectful, caring and non-judgemental environment.

You and your partner will have the opportunity to resolve your issues in a safe environment and in this setting; you are both able to gain deeper levels of insight into your relationship dynamics as well as to allow mutual understanding within the relationship. I will provide a safe place for you both to learn and improve your communication with support and coaching in the skills and strategies that research has shown to be effective.  

After the first session I will invite you to complete The Gottman Relationship Checkup  questionnaire from The Gottman Institute that will give me and you a clear picture of the challenges that you are facing.  Drs. John and Julie Gottman created this research-based assessment in collaboration with The Gottman Institute to help couples build a personalised treatment plan with their therapist. Dr. John Gottman is a clinical psychologist who has completed more than 40 years of research on couple relationships, and is recognised as one of the top 10 most influential therapists of the last quarter century. Dr. Julie Gottman is a highly respected clinical psychologist who is sought internationally by the media and clinical organisations as an expert adviser on relationships. Together, they have dedicated their lives to helping couples, and The Gottman Relationship Checkup is the result of this life work.

I am empathetic to both partners and I also avoid taking sides. Positive changes can be seen after about 4-6 sessions, but this will vary from couple to couple depending on the nature and complexities in the relationship. The length of the therapy is also dependent on you and your partner, I recommend at least 8-14 sessions.  The approach I use, is based on the work of John Gottman and his colleagues, and it supported by over 40 years of extensive research that has been proven to be effective.

Improve your life today. Call 07 5527 6006.

What if my partner refuses to come with me?

I recommend that if possible, both you and your partner come to therapy. However, if one party does not wish to come for therapy, I still recommend that you come for individual counselling for your relationship difficulties.

There is the chance that over time, your partner will notice the positive changes in yourself and this might encourage him/her to come to sessions with you in the future. If anything, working on yourself within the context of your relationship is going to have a positive effect on your relationship, as well as your own personal well-being.

Don’t delay any further – Improving your relationship is possible.  Having relationship difficulties can be a real source of stress and affect your quality of life. I understand how tough it can be trying to handle these issues alone.

It’s good to talk.

I have been a leading provider of professional counselling services for individuals, couples organisations and groups on the Gold Coast for over 29 years. I am fully qualified and registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. I have completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and I apply that method in in couples counselling. Rest assured that you are in the care of very experienced and profession psychologist.

Booking an appointment is easy.

Appointments are available weekdays 10am to 8pm & Saturdays 8am to 10am. I am registered to offer Medicare and private health insurance rebates.  For further information on fees click here.

You can improve your life.

Make the phone call today to book a counselling appointment to improve your life and move towards the life you know that you deserve. Call David now on 07 5527 6006.

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