Marriage Counselling in Essendon, VIC

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Dr Karin du Plessis - Relationships Squared
Counsellor, PhD, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040
Couples come to me often feeling that the constant arguing is wearing them down, that they are at the bottom of their partner’s priority list, or that they feel more like roommates rather than lovers. Others complain of constant bickering, walking on eggshells around each other, or living like ships in the night. I also see couples for pre-marital counselling and specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, in-laws, addictions and parenting. In working together we will build insights into patterns that are no longer serving you, and develop action so we can move you from stuck to thriving again.
Couples come to me often feeling that the constant arguing is wearing them down, that they are at the bottom of their partner’s priority list, or that they feel more like roommates rather than lovers. Others complain of constant bickering, walking on eggshells around each other, or living like ships in the night. I also see couples for pre-marital counselling and specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, in-laws, addictions and parenting. In working together we will build insights into patterns that are no longer serving you, and develop action so we can move you from stuck to thriving again.
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Ryan McKenzie
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Ryan is a registered psychologist with a gentle, empathetic person-centred style working with clients. Ryan has a calm, reflective personality and a focus on promoting client self-efficacy. Ryan is passionate about promoting resilience and wellbeing in-line with individual client goals and values. Ryan engages several therapeutic perspectives as needed during sessions, with strong focus on laying collaborative foundational understanding of the matters discussed in session. Ryan aims to work together with his clients to understand complex concerns at their most fundamental levels.
Ryan is a registered psychologist with a gentle, empathetic person-centred style working with clients. Ryan has a calm, reflective personality and a focus on promoting client self-efficacy. Ryan is passionate about promoting resilience and wellbeing in-line with individual client goals and values. Ryan engages several therapeutic perspectives as needed during sessions, with strong focus on laying collaborative foundational understanding of the matters discussed in session. Ryan aims to work together with his clients to understand complex concerns at their most fundamental levels.
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Kerrie Turner
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040
Kerrie approaches every session with respect and curiosity, and any client can expect a collaboration in the therapy room. With a focus on building therapeutic momentum, Kerrie aims to ensure that progress extends from the therapy room and is supported to occur in the client’s everyday life. She also ensures that client achievements are celebrated along the way, no matter how small or difficult they may be to see at first.
Kerrie approaches every session with respect and curiosity, and any client can expect a collaboration in the therapy room. With a focus on building therapeutic momentum, Kerrie aims to ensure that progress extends from the therapy room and is supported to occur in the client’s everyday life. She also ensures that client achievements are celebrated along the way, no matter how small or difficult they may be to see at first.
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Anthony Hurst
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Anthony is a Youth, Family, Couples & EMDR Psychologist, and the Director of Systemic Psychology. Clinically, Anthony frequently works with young people, couples, families and individuals experiencing a range of mental health issues. Professionally, Anthony has worked in private practice, schools, local government, consulting and currently as a postgraduate lecturer at The University of Melbourne.
Anthony is a Youth, Family, Couples & EMDR Psychologist, and the Director of Systemic Psychology. Clinically, Anthony frequently works with young people, couples, families and individuals experiencing a range of mental health issues. Professionally, Anthony has worked in private practice, schools, local government, consulting and currently as a postgraduate lecturer at The University of Melbourne.
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Rania Ahmed
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
To make sense of the world we live in can be very hard. Join me in trying the untangle knots and opened locked doors to our truth and finding a more productive perspective on our stories.
To make sense of the world we live in can be very hard. Join me in trying the untangle knots and opened locked doors to our truth and finding a more productive perspective on our stories.
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Ishma Alvi Psychology
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
My work is informed by principles of gender, sexual and racial equity. My practice is grounded in principles of inclusion, actively serving BIPOC, CALD, and LGBTQIA+ communities, applying Anti-Oppression framework and a trauma-informed lens. Her work is helped by the fact that she is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and English. I offer individual and relationship counselling for people from 21 years upward, for issues, including anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, sexual wellbeing and relationships. My work is guided by principles of gender, sexual, and racial equity. I am committed to inclusion and actively support BIPOC, CALD, and LGBTQIA+
My work is informed by principles of gender, sexual and racial equity. My practice is grounded in principles of inclusion, actively serving BIPOC, CALD, and LGBTQIA+ communities, applying Anti-Oppression framework and a trauma-informed lens. Her work is helped by the fact that she is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and English. I offer individual and relationship counselling for people from 21 years upward, for issues, including anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, sexual wellbeing and relationships. My work is guided by principles of gender, sexual, and racial equity. I am committed to inclusion and actively support BIPOC, CALD, and LGBTQIA+
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Waitlist for accepting new clients
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings, anxiety or challenges in forming secure relationships with others, then I am here to assist you. Together, we can delve into the root causes of these issues, explore your options, develop effective strategies and increase your self-awareness and self-worth. I will support you in comprehending your attachments, stresses, frustrations and emotions so that you can identify your needs and regulate your emotions. My primary aim is to provide you with the necessary education, tools, and resources to heal, feel confident, connect with others, and improve your self-worth so that you can thrive.
If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings, anxiety or challenges in forming secure relationships with others, then I am here to assist you. Together, we can delve into the root causes of these issues, explore your options, develop effective strategies and increase your self-awareness and self-worth. I will support you in comprehending your attachments, stresses, frustrations and emotions so that you can identify your needs and regulate your emotions. My primary aim is to provide you with the necessary education, tools, and resources to heal, feel confident, connect with others, and improve your self-worth so that you can thrive.
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Kayla Cutajar
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040
Kayla is a Registered Psychologist and Director of Open Minds Studios. She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and parenting issues. Kayla enjoys helping people understand themselves and their environments better and to feel more empowered in their lives. She finds joy in seeing clients feel more comfortable in themselves and their relationships. Clients who work with Kayla receive an integrated approach to therapeutic care tailored to their needs and interests.
Kayla is a Registered Psychologist and Director of Open Minds Studios. She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and parenting issues. Kayla enjoys helping people understand themselves and their environments better and to feel more empowered in their lives. She finds joy in seeing clients feel more comfortable in themselves and their relationships. Clients who work with Kayla receive an integrated approach to therapeutic care tailored to their needs and interests.
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Talia Vescio
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040
My passion lies in helping individuals identify their innate strengths as they strive to develop the resilience and skills that will support them in shaping their lives and making meaningful changes. My treatment approach strongly aligns with the ethos of Open Minds Studio, where I collaborate with clients to establish goals, uncover their strengths, and understand their care needs and values. I specialise in supporting a wide range of presentations including mood disorders, women’s health difficulties, adjustment challenges, and neurodivergence in both adults and children.
My passion lies in helping individuals identify their innate strengths as they strive to develop the resilience and skills that will support them in shaping their lives and making meaningful changes. My treatment approach strongly aligns with the ethos of Open Minds Studio, where I collaborate with clients to establish goals, uncover their strengths, and understand their care needs and values. I specialise in supporting a wide range of presentations including mood disorders, women’s health difficulties, adjustment challenges, and neurodivergence in both adults and children.
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Julie Donnelly
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
If you are looking for support for life's challenges due to change, transition or trauma, I welcome your enquiry and contact. I am an experienced Counsellor who loves working with individuals to support changes in their lives. Whether you are coping with bereavement, grief and loss, anxiety or depression, relationship issues or simply feel stuck in life, we will work together to find new insights and identify your strengths and coping skills.
If you are looking for support for life's challenges due to change, transition or trauma, I welcome your enquiry and contact. I am an experienced Counsellor who loves working with individuals to support changes in their lives. Whether you are coping with bereavement, grief and loss, anxiety or depression, relationship issues or simply feel stuck in life, we will work together to find new insights and identify your strengths and coping skills.
(03) 8566 7760 View (03) 8566 7760
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Jigisha Sanghvi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Essendon, VIC 3040
I am a psychotherapist, Medicare approved Clinical Social Worker, a trauma trained EMDR and Eating Disorder therapist. Off late, you may have noticed emotions and thoughts continue to rule your life, and no matter how hard you try, it never feels 'good enough'. You find yourself stuck in the cycle of 'wanting to please others' while feeling unseen and unheard. You now know that your anxiety and need for control is no longer serving you. You want to start honouring yourself and your needs, even when if it feels hard.
I am a psychotherapist, Medicare approved Clinical Social Worker, a trauma trained EMDR and Eating Disorder therapist. Off late, you may have noticed emotions and thoughts continue to rule your life, and no matter how hard you try, it never feels 'good enough'. You find yourself stuck in the cycle of 'wanting to please others' while feeling unseen and unheard. You now know that your anxiety and need for control is no longer serving you. You want to start honouring yourself and your needs, even when if it feels hard.
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Dr Maria Morcos
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Maria has special interests in working with trauma, neurodivergence, personality disorders, rapid mood changes and anxiety. She is also particularly interested in conducting assessments, including assessing for ADHD, autism, specific learning disorders (colloquially known as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia), and conducting cognitive, educational and vocational assessments. Maria has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, therefore providing further competencies in multiple areas of psychological treatment and assessments across the lifespan.
Maria has special interests in working with trauma, neurodivergence, personality disorders, rapid mood changes and anxiety. She is also particularly interested in conducting assessments, including assessing for ADHD, autism, specific learning disorders (colloquially known as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia), and conducting cognitive, educational and vocational assessments. Maria has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, therefore providing further competencies in multiple areas of psychological treatment and assessments across the lifespan.
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Julie Paschke
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Hi, I'm Julie, a Clinical Psychologist, and if you're struggling at the moment and in need of support, please do not hesitate to make an enquiry via email (I will reply within 24 hours). Appointments available within 2 - 3 weeks. Adults 18+ only and I do not work with Workcover, TAC, DVA or NDIS.
Hi, I'm Julie, a Clinical Psychologist, and if you're struggling at the moment and in need of support, please do not hesitate to make an enquiry via email (I will reply within 24 hours). Appointments available within 2 - 3 weeks. Adults 18+ only and I do not work with Workcover, TAC, DVA or NDIS.
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Ismail Bekir
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
I am experienced in providing effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties, life transitions and personal coaching. I strongly believe in a person-centred and evidence based approach.
I am experienced in providing effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties, life transitions and personal coaching. I strongly believe in a person-centred and evidence based approach.
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Safaa Hakim
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
I am compassionate about guiding my clients to explore their difficulties and strengthen their emotional wellbeing. I provide specific counselling in the areas of anxiety, stress, depression, and relationships; as well as behavioural and other cognitive issues, offering a wide range of counselling support to meet the needs of clients and an organisation’s employees.
I am compassionate about guiding my clients to explore their difficulties and strengthen their emotional wellbeing. I provide specific counselling in the areas of anxiety, stress, depression, and relationships; as well as behavioural and other cognitive issues, offering a wide range of counselling support to meet the needs of clients and an organisation’s employees.
(03) 9034 5950 View (03) 9034 5950
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Mind Therapy Psychotherapeutic Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Immediate Openings Available - Medicare Bulk Billed. Face to face + telehealth. Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness, Emotional Focused Therapy & more. I work from the belief that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, acceptance, validation and understanding. My purpose is to get you unstuck, confident, emotionally intelligent and not afraid to face life. I am passionate about working with Individuals, Adolescents & Couples facilitating meaningful and lasting change. I take pride in my ability to connect in a genuine way with a variety of clients and tailor my approach to best respect each person's potential, strengths.
Immediate Openings Available - Medicare Bulk Billed. Face to face + telehealth. Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness, Emotional Focused Therapy & more. I work from the belief that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, acceptance, validation and understanding. My purpose is to get you unstuck, confident, emotionally intelligent and not afraid to face life. I am passionate about working with Individuals, Adolescents & Couples facilitating meaningful and lasting change. I take pride in my ability to connect in a genuine way with a variety of clients and tailor my approach to best respect each person's potential, strengths.
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Michael Street
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Michael came to study psychology as a mature age student, completing his studies part time at Swinburne and Victoria University during the 80’s and 90’s. He believes that coaching, counselling or psychotherapy needs to be tailored to each individual. This has led him to develop skills in a number of different approaches over his twenty years in practice. Growing up in a Victorian country town in the middle of last century he experienced both the State and Catholic school systems before serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam era.
Michael came to study psychology as a mature age student, completing his studies part time at Swinburne and Victoria University during the 80’s and 90’s. He believes that coaching, counselling or psychotherapy needs to be tailored to each individual. This has led him to develop skills in a number of different approaches over his twenty years in practice. Growing up in a Victorian country town in the middle of last century he experienced both the State and Catholic school systems before serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam era.
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Toya Ricci
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Toya (she/her) is an inclusive and culturally sensitive counsellor, sex therapist and sexuality educator with experience in supporting people from diverse backgrounds. Both as a professional and a woman of colour, Toya recognises that therapy can be a vulnerable and challenging process and seeks to create a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their concerns and experiences so that they can achieve meaningful outcomes.
Toya (she/her) is an inclusive and culturally sensitive counsellor, sex therapist and sexuality educator with experience in supporting people from diverse backgrounds. Both as a professional and a woman of colour, Toya recognises that therapy can be a vulnerable and challenging process and seeks to create a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their concerns and experiences so that they can achieve meaningful outcomes.
(03) 8595 5264 View (03) 8595 5264
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Magdalena Stanojcic
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
Do you sometimes feel stuck in your life, struggling through your relationships or you feel anxious and depressed and cannot explain why? Would you like to discover more about yourself, find your personal truths and find clarity, resources, and direction in your life? Engaging in therapy can help you through this process, it can facilitate change and support you on your journey toward a meaningful and free life.
Do you sometimes feel stuck in your life, struggling through your relationships or you feel anxious and depressed and cannot explain why? Would you like to discover more about yourself, find your personal truths and find clarity, resources, and direction in your life? Engaging in therapy can help you through this process, it can facilitate change and support you on your journey toward a meaningful and free life.
(03) 8592 4808 View (03) 8592 4808
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Isaac Lee
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Essendon, VIC 3040
The team at Functional Minds Psychology is led by principal psychologist, Isaac Lee. Isaac is a generally registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). He has also previously been a committee member for the Melbourne branch of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Isaac’s passion for the field of psychology comes from wanting to help people, to have a positive impact on those he interacts with, and to always be learning more about people, the brain, and the world.
The team at Functional Minds Psychology is led by principal psychologist, Isaac Lee. Isaac is a generally registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). He has also previously been a committee member for the Melbourne branch of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Isaac’s passion for the field of psychology comes from wanting to help people, to have a positive impact on those he interacts with, and to always be learning more about people, the brain, and the world.
(03) 6144 6136 View (03) 6144 6136
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Marriage Counselling

How does marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling works by teaching couples concrete skills to communicate with one another and solve disagreements in healthy ways. A trained mental health professional works with both members of a couple to explore difficulties the couple may be having and helps them develop skills to address these matters. Couples who don’t have any difficulties but want to prepare for marriage may develop skills for the future.

How long does marriage counseling typically last?

Marriage counseling is a short-term form of therapy; the process may last between four and eight sessions. Other forms of relationship guidance from mental health professionals, such as couples therapy, are longer lasting, may focus on the past rather than just the present, and are tailored to the individual couple and their emotions, history, and patterns in the relationship. Couples therapy often lasts for 12 weeks or longer.

Is marriage counseling effective?

Marriage counseling helps many couples develop relationship skills that may not have been acquired or tested in a relationship; partners may be better able to communicate and address conflict following counseling. However, there are many different forms of marriage counseling, and this form of counseling does not have as strong an evidence base as other modalities such as couples therapy.

Is marriage counseling effective if only one partner wants to go?

Yes, marriage counseling can still be effective if one partner convinces the other to engage in the process. Of course, whether counseling is effective depends on the couple’s commitment to work on their relationship; however, the short-term, skills-based nature of marriage counseling makes it a relatively easy “ask” of a partner, and the hesitant individual may see its value once counseling begins.