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.

​Based on the work of world renowned couples researchers and therapists, including John and Julie Gottman, Susan Johnson, Dan Wile and others, we provide a straightforward framework in which any couple can learn tools and exercises to renew, repair, rebuild and rejuvenate their relationship. Our evidence-based approach to relationships provides a clear and uncomplicated structure to improving/strengthening relationships.

A strong, healthy and fun relationship can be a cornerstone of support in your life. Good relationships improve all aspects of your life, strengthening your health and wellbeing, your career, your resilience, and your connections with family, friends and colleagues. Relationships are your most important investment; they provide the structure not only for love and connection but also for families, finances and recreation.

Strong relationships do not happen by chance.  John Gottman says couples generally fall into two broad categories - masters of relationships and disasters of relationships.  

Strong relationships do not happen by chance.

We know that the masters of relationships think, feel and act in ways that create long-lasting bonds of connection. We know that successful relationships are developed on the bases of friendship and appreciation.  Masters use respect and gentleness in managing conflict and build upon each other’s goals and aspirations.

However, when relationships are not working, significant stress, anxiety and negative conflict are created. We know that the disasters of relationships turn away from each other and rarely give positive feedback or demonstrate appreciation toward each other. When in conflict, disasters of relationships use contempt, criticism and defensiveness to protect their position.  Good listening is nonexistent.

Practical strategies that go to the heart of what makes relationships strong, meaningful and connected.

Our programs are filled with practical strategies that go to the heart of what makes relationships strong, meaningful and connected. We will provide you with the techniques to strengthen and build stronger, closer and more intimate relationships.


Couple Counselling

This evidenced based approach to couples counselling has 3 phases.  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.  We therefore see you both together for your first appointment where we will explore why you have come to couples therapy now and we take a history of your relationship to establish how it has developed over time.  Then we ask you both to complete a very thorough online assessment and once that is done we see you each for one individual session each so we can understand your own unique history and perspective.  From then on every session will be a couple session. 

Couple Counselling can be managed in a number of ways.

In Person

Attend one of our offices on the Gold Coast or be referred to a suitably proficient professional in your state for 1 or 2 hour sessions.  To make a booking on-line with Trish right now, go to https://www.healthkit.com/profile/mrs-trish-purnell-webb/psychologist/42728

Web Conferencing

Web Conferencing sessions with Trish or John for 1 or 2 hour sessions.  This format is only used once we have conducted an in person assessment and/or marathon therapy with a couple. 

Marathon Therapy

Book a 2 day marathon adventure with either Trish or John.  This is 2 intensive days just focused on you and your relationship – weekend marathons are available in our offices on the Gold Coast.

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Weekend Workshops

Presently we offer 2 weekend workshops for Couples

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.

Bringing Baby Home

A 2 day 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.

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