Relationship Therapy

What is Relationship Therapy?

Relationship therapy, also known as couples therapy or marriage counselling, is a modality aimed at helping individuals in relationships or marriages resolve conflicts, improve communication, and develop healthier and more satisfying relationships. It involves working with a trained therapist or counsellor who specializes in dealing with relationship issues. Relationship therapy also applies to relationships in all their forms such as families, friendships, blended families and workplace relationships.

The primary goal of relationship therapy is to bring into discussion the challenges and difficulties that couples may be facing together and help them better understand each other’s perspectives, emotions, and needs. This type of therapy provides a safe and supportive environment where couples can openly discuss their concerns and work together to find solutions.

Types of therapy / methods we use:

Relationship therapy may explore various aspects of relating, including:

Communication Skills: Therapists often help couples improve their communication skills, by exploring how to  express thoughts, feelings and needs more effectively, and how to listen actively to each other.

Conflict Resolution: Couples are guided through constructive ways of resolving conflicts and disagreements. They learn how to manage and handle differences without escalating into damaging arguments.

Identifying Patterns: Therapists help couples identify patterns of behaviour and communication that might be contributing to the issues. This awareness allows couples to identify and interrupt these patterns to create more satisfying interactions.

Emotional Connection: The therapy aims to re-establish or strengthen emotional bonds between partners, fostering a sense of closeness, intimacy, and connection.

Exploring Individual Needs: Sometimes, relationship difficulties can stem from unresolved individual issues. Therapy can provide a platform for partners to explore their personal histories and how they might be affecting their relationship.

Intimacy and Sexuality: Couples may seek therapy to address challenges related to intimacy and sexuality within their relationship.  Therapy provides a safe place to explore this openly and honestly.

Setting Goals: Therapists assist couples in setting realistic goals and developing strategies to achieve them, which helps establish hope and creates a roadmap for positive changes.

Boundary Setting: Establishing healthy boundaries within the relationship is important. Therapy can help couples define and maintain these boundaries to ensure mutual respect and understanding.

Some of the therapies we may use are:


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy | more info


Emotion Focused Therapy | more info


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (CBT) | more info


Polyvagal Theory | more info


Gottman Method Couples Therapy | more info

Who is Relationship Therapy for?

All relationships can benefit from relationship therapy.  Some examples of relationships that may require additional support with communication, resolving conflict and strengthening the overall relationship dynamic may include:

Couples Relationships/Marriage: Couples therapy or marriage counselling can help couples address issues such as communication challenges, infidelity, intimacy concerns, financial conflicts, parenting and differences in values or goals.

Family Relationships: Family therapy can assist in resolving conflicts, improving communication, and addressing issues within a family unit, such as parent-child conflicts, sibling rivalry, or dealing with a family member’s addiction or mental health issues.

Parent-Child Relationships: Parent-child therapy can aid in improving communication, setting healthy boundaries, and resolving conflicts between parents and their children.

Friendships: Friendship therapy can help friends navigate conflicts, address misunderstandings, and work on strengthening their bond.

Workplace Relationships: Workplace relationship therapy can assist in resolving conflicts among colleagues, improving teamwork, and addressing issues related to power dynamics or communication breakdowns in a professional setting.

Blended Families/Stepfamilies: Therapy can help blended families navigate the complexities of integrating different family structures, rules, roles, and expectations.

Pre-marital Counselling: Couples planning to get married may benefit from pre-marital counselling to address potential challenges and build a strong foundation for their marriage.

Intimate Partnerships: Therapy can aid individuals in same-sex or non-binary partnerships in addressing unique challenges and fostering healthy communication and connection.

Long-Distance Relationships: Couples separated by distance may use therapy to work on maintaining intimacy, managing trust issues, and navigating the challenges of being apart.

Polyamorous or Non-Monogamous Relationships: Therapy can provide support for individuals and partners navigating the complexities of non-traditional relationship structures.

Co-dependency: Therapy can help individuals in co-dependent relationships establish healthy boundaries and develop a sense of self.

Divorce or Separation: Divorce or separation therapy can help couples navigate the separation process with  less conflict and emotional distress, particularly if children are involved.

Loss or Grief: Therapy can support individuals and families coping with the loss of a loved one in processing their grief and adjust to life without that person.

Caregiver Relationships: Caregiver therapy can assist individuals who are providing care for a family member with a chronic illness or disability, helping them manage stress and maintain a healthy  relationship balance.

Emotional or Verbal Abuse: Therapy can help individuals in abusive relationships  establish safety plans, develop self-esteem, and work towards healing and recovery.

It’s important to note that seeking therapy doesn’t necessarily mean a relationship is failing; rather, it signifies a commitment to growth, understanding, and improving the dynamics within the relationship. Different therapists may specialize in various types of relationships, so it’s crucial to find a therapist who has experience and expertise in the specific area that aligns with your needs.

What are the potential outcomes of Relationship Therapy?

The outcomes of relationship therapy can vary depending on the specific goals of the couple and the dynamics of their relationship. Here are some potential outcomes:

Improved Communication: Relationship therapy can help couples learn effective communication skills, enabling them to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns more openly and respectfully. This can lead to better understanding and empathy between partners.

Conflict Resolution: Couples often seek therapy to address ongoing conflicts and disagreements. Therapists can work with couples to develop techniques for resolving conflicts in healthier ways, such as active listening, compromise, and problem-solving.

Increased Emotional Intimacy: Therapy can foster emotional closeness and intimacy between partners. Through guided discussions and exercises, couples can learn to connect on a deeper level and share their vulnerabilities.

Strengthened Bond: As couples work through challenges together, they may develop a stronger bond and sense of partnership. This can lead to a greater sense of unity and shared goals.

Renewed Commitment: Relationship therapy can help couples reassess their commitment to each other and the relationship. This may involve rediscovering the reasons they came together and exploring ways to rekindle their connection.

Enhanced Self-Awareness: Through therapy, individuals may gain insights into their own behaviours, patterns, and triggers. This increased self-awareness can lead to personal growth and a better understanding of how their actions impact the relationship.

Learning Healthy Relationship Patterns: Therapists can educate couples about healthy relationship dynamics, boundaries, and expectations. This knowledge can help couples develop a more balanced and fulfilling relationship.

Coping Strategies: Relationship therapy can help couples review their existing coping strategies to deal with stress, life changes, and external pressures and expand their repertoire to improve their  relationship.

Prevention of Future Issues: Even in relatively healthy relationships, therapy can serve as a preventive measure by addressing minor issues before they escalate into larger problems.

Making Informed Decisions: In some cases, couples may decide to separate or divorce. Relationship therapy can facilitate productive discussions about these decisions and help couples navigate the process with greater understanding and empathy.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of relationship therapy depends on the willingness and active participation of both partners. Some couples may experience significant improvements in a relatively short period, while others may require more extensive therapy to achieve their desired outcomes.

Delivery methods:

  • Face to Face
  • Video
  • Telephone

Locations for Relationship Therapy:

Georgia Nichol:
247 David Low Way,
Peregian Beach, QLD

Video & Telephone Sessions also available

Sharyn Dorber:
Laidley Community Centre,
13 Mary St. Laidley, QLD

Video & Telephone Sessions also available

Judy Rafferty:
126 Hume St.
East Toowoomba, QLD

Video & Telephone Sessions also available


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Support… where, when and how you need it.

Support… where, when and how you need it.

Support… where, when and how you need it.

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