Online Couples Therapy

Online Couples therapy has become a more popular option in recent years.  This is therapy that is conducted online using a secure video conferencing platform such as Zoom.  Online therapy  of any kind poses a number of different challenges than face to face therapy, therefore it is only suitable  for certain types of couples.  Before agreeing to engage in online therapy with a couple I will first only contract to conducting the Assessment Phase as discussed above.   During the feedback session, we will then, together, collaborate on an appropriate plan to move forward.  This might include:

  • engaging in ongoing online couples therapy  with me;

  • contracting to attend marathon therapy with me (see below);

  • engaging in  face to face therapy with another therapist in your area;

  • attending a couples workshop (see below).

If you would like additional information about this option please contact me via email

 

Online therapy fees are:

  • $280 for 1 hour 

  • $550 for 2 hour block

  • $800 for 3 hour block

  • $1000 for 4 hour block

Private health rebates may be available depending on your health fund.

Online Couples Coaching

Online Couples Coaching is a structured 6 week psycho-education and skills development program.  Based on the world renowned, evidenced based Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop developed by Drs John and Julie Gottman, in this program you will be guided through the information and activities from the comfort of your own home in complete privacy.

Together you will learn how to:

  • strengthen and maintain your friendship and intimate connection;

  • better manage conflict by learning a range of fail safe communication skills;

  • repair when mistakes, misunderstandings or hurtful fights occur;

  • support each other against the stresses of daily life;

  • build a culture of appreciation through a range of activities and rituals of connection;

  • develop shared meaning, understanding and meaningful stories that deepen your connection;

  • create safety and stability that leads to a long lasting, successful, satisfying and fulfilling relationship together.

 

​The Art and Science of Love program has been shown to achieve results similar to those of 6 months of couples therapy (approx cost $6,000 - $12,000) and 94% of couples have reported positive results after completing this scientifically based coaching program with Trish.

How does it work?

Once you register you will be guided through the following steps:

  1. Accessing and completing a range of questionnaires to allow Trish to personalise your program to your particular circumstances.  These include a personal history, a relationship history and the Gottman Connect Relationship Questionnaire;

  2.  Booking 6 x 2 hour coaching sessions conducted over Zoom over a 6 week period - while we will work with you to find convenient times please be aware that Trish has a very heavily booked schedule and premium times are generally booked many months in advance so please be prepared to be flexible with your calendars;

What is included?

You will receive:

 

  • A boxed set of resources that include 2 workbooks, full of information and activities, a range of resources such as card decks, helpful booklets and handouts;

  • Weekly email reminders of homework tasks and additional resources;

  • 12 hours of direct personalised, private coaching from Trish;

  • Unlimited out of session email contact with Trish to ask questions and get answers fast;

  • Additional pdf resources designed to address your individual needs.

Who is this best for?

This program best suits, and can be personalised to couples of any age or in any stage of their relationship including:

  • Newly together couples;

  • Pre-marital couples;

  • Newly blended couples;

  • Established couples who would like to strengthen their relationship;

  • Couples who are experiencing tensions and blocks to communication;

  • Couples who are finding their conflict is getting more distressing and difficult to manage;

  • Neurodiverse couples;

  • Same sex, transgender and fluid couples;

  • Polyamorous and couples in open relationships.

Please note:  Couples who are experiencing concerns with high levels of drug and/or alcohol use, the recent discovery of an affair, or domestic violence will be referred to a suitable service for couple and/or individual treatment.

What does it cost?

The full program is available for $3,500 inclusive - a big saving on having to attend 6 months of therapy or paying for a divorce.

What Others have said!

"This was the best investment I have ever made.  In just 6 weeks we went from barely speaking to each other to feeling like newlyweds again"

(Tim and Janet, March 2021)

"We loved Trish's no nonsense approach.  It was down to earth, practical and made complete sense.  We learned a lot of great strategies to get through our tough moments.  We highly recommend this to anyone in a relationship."

(David and Carol. November 2020)

"As a same sex couple who have previously attended heteronormal seminars and workshops we found Trish was able to adapt the material to our particular circumstances in a very personal and meaningful way so we felt understood and supported."

(Peter and Tony, September 2020)

Exclusive Couple Retreats

Three day programs

When your privacy is essential, these retreats allow you to engage in completely confidential intensive couples therapy in a luxurious setting of your choosing.  Some examples may include:

 

Your retreat will include 3 days of intensive couples therapy with Trish, a highly trained and experienced Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant, and 4 nights accomodation at your preferred venue. Your travel arrangements and costs will be your own responsibility.

The Retreat Process

Prior to your retreat you will be sent links to a confidential online questionnaire which you will each need to complete at least 1 week prior to attending. Your 4 day retreat will generally look something like:

  • Day 1 - arrive at the venue, book in and get settled.  The evening is yours to enjoy;

  • Day 2 - (approximate timings)

    • 8.30am - 10.00am - Assessment session 1.  This is a joint session that allows me to get to know you both and begin to understand your relationship history and dynamics;

    • 10.15am - 12.30pm - Assessment session 2 and 3 - Individual interviews - I take turns in spending an hour with each of you so I can get to know you at a deeper level and understand both what makes you tick and what your relationship needs and concerns are;

    • 12.30pm - 1.15pm - Lunch at your leisure;

    • 1.15pm - 2.15pm - Feedback session - together we will talk through both the challenges and strengths in your relationship and establish goals for the therapeutic phase;

    • 2.30pm - 4.30pm - Therapeutic session 1 - We will begin by assisting you to have a healthy and functional conversation about one of your areas of conflict during which you will begin to learn the skills, tools and strategies for better managing conflict in your relationship including how to de-escalate conflict, how to deeply listen, provide validation and empathy to meet your partner's relationship needs.

    • 4.30pm onwards - you are at your leisure to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

  • Day 3 and Day 4 - (approximate timings)

    • 8.30am - 4.30pm -You will have time to talk in depth about the struggles and challenges of your relationship in a way that simply cannot happen in the traditional style of couples therapy. There is time to process past injuries that have never healed, and time to understand how these injuries have impacted the relationship. There is time to learn and practice new communication skills to help you have more productive conversations. There’s time to rebuild.  I will provide an environment of safety for both of you, and you will be treated with dignity and respect, without judgment, throughout the process. Couples who have experienced this form of therapy usually describe it as life-changing and transformative.  I will also provide you with a clear plan of action moving forward and make recommendations with regard to follow up consultations (if needed). You will also be provided with a couples toolkit full of resources and reminders to help you to continue to safely navigate your way to a long term, highly satisfying, healthy and happy relationship.

  • Day 5 - (approximate timings)

    • 10.30am - Check out and make your way home (travel arrangements are your own responsibility)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is intensive therapy not suitable?

There are some situations where individual therapy would be required to resolve individual issues prior to attending couples therapy these include:

  • If there is active alcohol and/or drug addiction on the part of either or both partners, from either partner’s perspective;

  • If there is serious violence in your relationship, threats by one or both partners that serious violence might occur, or fear of such serious violence on the part of one or both partners. If either partner currently has an untreated major mental illness (schizophrenia, recurrent psychotic depression, or bipolar/manic-depressive illness.) Note: This does not include past, successfully treated psychotic episodes (e.g. post-partum depression with psychosis);

  • If there is an undisclosed, current affair that you are not willing to disclose (such secrets predict marital therapy failure);

  • If either partner is currently experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or has a history of serious harm inflicted on him/herself or another person.

If you have any concerns in these areas please feel free to contact us to discuss appropriate options for you.

 

2.  How much does it cost and what is your refund policy?

The cost of the full retreat will vary depending on the location and dates you choose.  As an indication most retreats will cost between $15,000 and $20,000 AUD.  Payment terms and conditions are as follows:

  • 25% deposit to confirm your dates and venue - this is fully refundable, less any expenses already incurred up to 2 weeks prior to your retreat should you need to cancel or re-schedule;

  • 25% paid 1 week prior to your retreat - this is non-refundable;

  • Balance paid in full at the end of day 1 of your retreat.

 

3.  What is your cancellation policy?

Retreats can be cancelled any time up until 2 days prior to your confirmed dates as per refund policy above.  Retreats can be rescheduled up until 2 days prior to your confirmed dates as per refund policy above.

 

4.  I am a high profile personality, can I be guaranteed of privacy?

As a Clinical Psychology I am bound by the strictest rules of confidentiality as per the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority  Our confidentiality policy is as follows:

"We respect the confidentiality of information obtained from clients in the course of our work as allied health professionals.  We may reveal such information to others only with the consent of the person or the person’s legal representative.  However, in those unusual circumstances where failure to disclose may result in clear risk to the client or others, the allied health professional may disclose minimal information necessary to avert risk.

In the event that the  allied health professional feels it is necessary to disclose confidential information the matter will first and foremost be discussed with the client and, where possible, written consent will be obtained.

Should you require additional information about confidentiality a copy of the APS Ethical Guidelines on Confidentiality can be found here

To arrange a retreat or to discuss any questions or concerns  please contact me directly and confidentially here

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