My passion for couples counselling comes from a deep recognition that creating and maintaining a secure attachment bond with a loving partner is one of the most critical foundations to a healthy life. The skills I bring to this work are being able to understand and be sensitive to the subliminal messages couples send each other. It is these messages or cues that often trigger difficult emotions in a partnership and may launch them into a negative cycle. A securely attached relationship is developed within an environment of safety, trust, respect and honesty. With this model, couples will discover when faced with difficult periods a new sense of resilience and fortitude. The benefits for the individual couple are enormous, for those couples with children the implications can be profound.
Ingrid Forster is a skilled and qualified Individual and Relationship therapist, with over 20 years working in adult, child and family services, and in private practice since 2010. She holds memberships with the Australian Association of Social Workers, Australian Association of Family Therapists and Centre for Emotion Focused Therapists.Ingrid provides a professional counselling service within a safe and respectful environment; so important for building the trust and self-acceptance which leads to personal growth. Ingrid has a particular interest in relationship therapy and specialises in working with couples, as well as individuals facing distress. Ingrid works collaboratively with her clients to build on strengths, unlock stuck emotions and develop skills to improve overall wellbeing.
My passion is working with couples. From couples experiencing major distress in their relationship to those who have grown apart, to couples choosing to deepen their connection. I love to support the couple wherever they are on their journey. My clients would say I provide a warm, non-judgemental safe space for them to explore their relationship. I use evidence based approaches to best support my clients back to a stronger and more meaningful relationship. I believe when our relationships are in good shape it shines through to other areas of our life.
The essence of healthy relationships is having someone to confide in. Knowing each of us holds a unique place in the other’s life to express our feelings and affection strongly predicts relationship wellbeing. However, in life and relationships, it’s not always love and roses! So in times of conflict, each of us needs to know that we can depend and be depended upon to cope with challenges and change. I use Emotion Focused Therapy to help couples identify negative cycles of interaction, and manage their emotions so that when conflict arises they can actively turn down reactive emotional ‘music’ and tune into the ‘music’ of compassion, intimacy, and commitment that brought them together in the first place. I want you to know that I’m committed to promoting healthy relationships for you.
Starting in the inner north of Melbourne from July 22, 2019, Mukti brings 15 + years of wide ranging experience in assisting people with intimate relationships. She is an EFT Therapist and also Accredited with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Her view is that how we handle our emotions ideally leads us to healthy vulnerability, which enables us to experience intimacy, closeness and shared purpose. Mukti is steeped in understanding, utilising, embracing and healing through emotions. She brings empathy and compassion and facilitates indepth personal and relational growth. You can expect to be met with warmth, care, confidence; and to learn, heal and grow. Enquire for an initial private consultation or to discuss intensive programs or courses, via her website.
Specialist Couple Counsellor with a Masters in Social Science (Couple Couselling) from Swinburne. I am based in Hawthorn and Frankston, and will be in Broome for 2019. Using Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), my practice is solely focused on relationship issues. I feel privileged to help so many couples turn their relationships around and this makes me passionate about my work. I see first-hand that no matter how bleak the situation may look and feel, it is often “darkest before the dawn”–transformation may not be as far off as it seems. I routinely find EFT best serves this end and employ this evidence-based, efficient and extremely-effective model whenever possible. I firmly believe in affordable care, keeping my rates low and offering sliding-scale fees
Shona is a registered psychologist who has been working in private practise since 2006. She specialises in EFT for Couples and adult survivors of childhood trauma. The goal of her work is to assist couples to create a safe place in which to explore the negative relationship patterns that emerge in long-term relationships, develop new ways of relating and to repair relationship injuries. Both partners learn to connect with each other through their primary emotions and have the potential to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Shona facilitates interactions that enable healing following affairs, relationship injuries and disconnection. Opportunities emerge for healthier patterns of relating and communicating with each other, increasing intimacy, trust and openness.
It’s not uncommon for couples to need help. Even though your relationship might have started well, everyday stresses of living can mean you forget that. Couples fall into patterns and you can forget how much the other person means to you. You can get lost in the everyday cycle of paying bills, bringing up children and meeting your work commitments. Your connection to the person you have chosen to live your life with gets damaged along the way. You can end up thinking that you’ll never be able to connect again and that you’ve chosen the wrong person to be with with. My approach is designed to help you understand and see beyond these patterns, and to bring you back to being the strong, connected couple you once were.
Humans are wired to need emotional connection! And we know that when couples are securely connected to each other, they cope with whatever gets thrown their way easier and are more resilient and healthy overall. When our connection is at the threat of its loss, we react quickly and deeply and it easily tears partnerships apart. In my experience working with couples, using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), this well researched effective approach, is a powerful way of breaking free from destructive, negative cycles of interaction with a structured map to repair and re-build your bond into a secure and lasting one, so you can navigate through the storms of life together. Helping couples along this journey is my passion! To find out more about myself and qualifications please visit my webpage
I am warm and supportive and clients’ regularly tell me that I am easy to talk to, knowledgeable and non-judgemental and that they find it easy to share experiences with me that that have not been able to do previously. As such this helps us get to the core of any issues and to find practical ways to deal with these at a pace that works. Relationships for me are primarily about connection and although Emotionally Focussed Therapy is my ‘go to’ model, I have a a strong relationship education background, e.g. Gottman. have lived abroad, and am experienced in working with couples in all stages of relationship, new, rejuvenating, conflicted or stuck, step and/or blended families.