Couples counselling and psychotherapy

Melissa’s approach to couples counselling is to get to the heart of the problem quickly so she can help you resolve the underlying issues of ‘here and now’. For best results, Melissa recommends the first scheduled appointment to be three hours long and for the initial sessions to be for two to three hours. In the long term, this often means couples spend less time overall in couples counselling. Melissa’s main model to help couples is the PACT approach, which is a modern relationship counselling approach based on the latest research on neuroscience, attachment theory and biology of human arousal. What kind of problems does PACT help? PACT is designed to help couples with any and all issues for which you might seek help from a therapist. It is especially helpful for couples considering marriage and couples seeking to preserve a relationship in danger of divorce or dissolution. Melissa also offers intensive couples retreats. Please contact us to find out more about when the next retreat will take place, and how it can improve your relationship.

Fee: Session $195.00 per 60 minutes (including GST). 


Individual counselling or psychotherapy

Counselling focuses on enhancing people's capacity to cope with specific life challenges, such as a relationship ending, bereavement or anxiety. Melissa can help you get through a personal crisis, and help you develop goals for the future.  Psychotherapy focuses on achieving change to break destructive habits or patterns. Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties are repetitive; similar issues arise time and time again in different contexts and relationships. Melissa Ferrari offers a wide range of psychotherapy and counselling services in Sydney, including depression, anxiety, addictions, obsessive compulsive behaviours, parenting, separation, loss, trauma and trauma recovery, childhood issues, sex related issues, personality disorders, stress management, intimacy issues, life transitions, post natal depression and anger related issues, grief and loss and relationship issues with both couples or singles. Melissa can help you achieve better self-understanding and change long-standing patterns of behaviour that may be disrupting your relationships or work. 

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

Couples Retreats

A couple’s retreat is a great way to re-connect with your partner and remind yourselves of why you are together in the first place. Melissa Ferrari’s couples retreats have been especially designed for couples to take time out together to re-discover their closeness, to feel the love and respect for each other as individuals and to celebrate that special, unique bond that you share with each other.  To view upcoming retreats, please click here.