Relationship Institute Australasia

Counselling and
Professional Training

We can help by providing couple counselling in person; via web conferencing; or through one of our range of workshops.

If you are part of a couple in distress, you may feel that there is no way out of your troubled relationship.  

Evidence-based approaches are key to understanding effective therapy, whether for individuals or for couples.  This means that the therapy you are receiving was tested against alternative methods, preferably in randomized controlled trials.  

​At Relationship institute Australasia -  our Couples Therapists are highly trained in Gottman Method Couples therapy and, in some cases, Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples as well.

​Backed by over 40 years of research Gottman Method Couples therapy is a world renowned, successful approach to helping you better manage conflict, deepen your friendship, intimacy and emotional connection and create a rich sense of shared meaning together.

​Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan are the only two professionals in Australia who are not only Certified Gottman Couples Therapists but also Master Trainers and Consultants for the Gottman Institute.  We are passionate about delivering excellent couples therapy to obtain the best results for the couples we work with.  


Couples Therapy

This evidenced based approach to couples threapy has 3 phases. 

1.  The first phase is assessment.  Before we can successfully help you repair, rebuild or rejuvenate your relationship - we first have to understand how it got there.  Once we book you in, we then send you both a very thorough online assessment for you each to complete.  We then see you for 4 x 1 hour appointments.

Appt 1 - Is an introduction where you both come in together for 1 hour

Appt 2 & 3 - This is where you each have your own - private 1 hour appointment indivually.

Appt 4 - You will both come back in together for your 1 hour feedback session.  

Couple Counselling can be managed in a number of ways.

We can then move on to the very successful THERAPY STAGE from there.

In Person

We have 3 highly trained therapists at our Gold Coast offices in Burleigh Heads that can see you for 'in person' sessions

Web Conferencing

We have 4 therapists that can see you as a couple for therapy via ZOOM

Marathon Therapy

This is 2 intensive days just focused on you and your relationship – weekend marathons are available in our offices on the Gold Coast.  Please email [email protected] for more information


Couple Workshops

The Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop

A well researched and validated 2 day workshop for couples of all types, at all stages of relationship, this workshop is filled with practical, simple tools and exercises that confirm, strengthen and/or restore your satisfaction, fulfillment and love in your relationship.  Please see our COUPLES WORKSHOP TAB for more information.

Bringing Baby Home

This video workshop for new and soon to be parents that teaches couples how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and regulate conflict, during that testing time of bringing home a new baby, and/or parenting a houseful of small children.  Couples also learn about child development, how to co-parent with their partner, and discover ways to keep both parents involved. Please see our COUPLES WORKSHOP TAB for more information.

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