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Support for Couples

Training for Therapists

Trish Purnell-Webb

Clinical Psychologist, Couples Therapist, Author, Coach and Trainer

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Trish Purnell-Webb is a Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director of the Burleigh Heads Psychology Clinic in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, and the Senior Partner of Relationship Institute Australasia. She is also a Senior Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant for the Gottman Institute. Trish has traveled to North America several times in the past 10 years to be trained directly by Drs John and Julie Gottman.


Trish is certified to present all three levels of the Gottman Method training sequence, as well as the Art & Science of Love couples workshop. Trish frequently presents Gottman Method trainings for clinicians throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Trish has also undertaken training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples having completed an externship and all Core Skills training offered by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and integrates this into her work with couples.


Because of Trish’s training and experience in couples therapy and clinical mental health disorders especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mood Disorder, Trish has been involved in the development and delivery of a number of couples programs for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, The Australian Defence Force and the Open Arms (Formerly known as Australian Veterans and Veteran’s Families Counselling Service).


Trish has been in private practice on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia since 1997 and provides a range of services to members of the general public including couples therapy, intensive marathon couples therapy, couples workshops and is an active educator and speaker to many community and professional organisations.


As a presenter, Trish is regarded as an engaging, personable, erudite and respectful speaker who is able to connect easily with her audiences and use everyday examples and humour to illustrate her point and assist listeners' understanding of concepts and ideas. Trish is regularly invited to make comment in media including print, radio and television.

Trish has recently co-authored a book called 365 Simple Ideas to Improve Your Relationship with her business partner John Flanagan.  This book provides a unique daily guide for couples, and contains a daily tip and a task designed to help them make positive change in their relationship.

To learn more about Trish listen to this We All Wear it Differently podcast where Trish is interviewed about her journey into and through Psychology and Couples Therapy and/or check out her profile on the Gottman Institute website:

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