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Are you experiencing a sense of feeling lost, lacking direction, unsure about your future both personally and/or professionally? Are you struggling with the everyday energy required to maintain relationship and family connections that we all deserve and cherish?  I am here to help. Skillfully trained to help you understand and explore your life with its old patterns of coping and reacting. 

Melissa offers a wide range of counselling and psychotherapy services:      

  • Individual Counselling
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples/Marriage/Relationship Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Couples Workshops & Retreats/Seminars
  • Corporate Coaching & Counselling  - Individual & Workshops - Price On Application
  • Counselling/Pychotherapy/Workshops for singles wanting to find a loving relationship. 

Individual Counselling
Counselling focuses on enhancing people's capacity to cope with specific life challenges such as relationship ending, bereavement, and anxiety. Counselling helps resolve crises, reduce distress, develop goals for change and improve wellbeing. Counselling also assists with problem solving and developing inner resources to move on with life in meaningful ways. 

Fee:   Individual Counselling Session (50 minutes):  $140.00 (including GST) 

 

Individual Psychotherapy 

Psychotherapy focuses on achieving change in the personality or self. Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties are repetitive. Similar issues arise time and time again in different contexts and relationships.Psychotherapy helps people achieve better self-understanding and change long-standing patterns of behaviour that may be disrupting relationships, work or study. 

Fee: Individual Psychotherapy Session (50 minutes):  $140.00 (including GST)         

Ask me about blocks of 10 sessions for individual psychotherapy and counselling available with a discount - Purchased in advance.     

Couples/Marriage/Relationship Counselling and Psychotherapy

Couples Psychotherapy & Counselling - How I work.

The main focus of how I work with couples is using PACT which is a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy. I will use this model, as well as others to help you overcome the difficulties you are experiencing in your relationship. Here is an article that appeared on the PACT blog called The PACT Therapeutic Stance that I wrote recently.  

These sessions will require two to three hour sessions at times but will replace you needing to attend therapy every week for an extended amount of time. This model is a modern approach to which was developed out of exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas.

- The first is neuroscience, the study of the human brain.

- The second is attachment theory, which explains the biological need to bond with others. 

- The third area is the biology of human arousal—meaning the moment-to-moment ability to manage one’s energy, alertness, and readiness to engage. 

This recent thinking and understanding allows for deeper understanding of Couple Therapy and therefore gets to the heart of a problem more quickly and works with underlying issues in the "here and now". Couples who are keen to do the work in this model report that issues are understood more quickly in real time in the room with me as their couple therapist. This has made their time in couple therapy shorter. The PACT Therapy approach I use is to help move your relationship towards a secure-functioning. What does it mean to have a secure-functioning relationship?   

"Secure-functioning relationships are as much about what each partner says as how they say it. All partners have the tools to develop secure-functioning relationships. Understanding one another’s attachment style and knowing to look and listen closely to one another are the first steps to achieving secure-functioning relationships,” said Dr. Stan Tatkin “We train PACT therapists to find the root of the problem quickly and efficiently so that couples can restore their relationship to secure-functioning condition as attentive and supportive partners for one another,” said Dr. Tatkin.

Fee: The initial session must be scheduled for 3 hours. Subsequent sessions (if necessary) may be 2 hours until appropriate to step down to 1 hour. Sessions $195.00 per 60 minutes (including GST).      

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2 Day Couple Workshop  

Call (02) 4733 4094 to book or email Melissa direct at melissa.ferrari@outlook.com to register your interest.  

"Melissa shows great empathy and listening skills and is also very intuitive in picking up what is not spoken. Melissa facilitates a safe and supportive environment where we were all able to process major issues in our lives. She can gently push but also knows when to allow space. Melissa is a true professional".

- Male from Brisbane (Attendee at couple’s workshops with his partner).     

Melissa Ferrari is a leader in the field of couples therapy in Western Sydney. As a graduate of the same institute we share the same philosophy, standard of practice and values. As a clinician with 15 years experience she is highly skilled, ethical and talented and I not only refer clients to her, I highly recommend her to other therapists.

Psychotherapist-Sydney