Listen here where I chat to Allen Hickey from 1395 FIVEaa - Talking Adelaide about how to leave a relationship and how to know when to do it.Read More
Did you know that 45% of people in Australia will suffer from some form of mental health issue in their lifetime?
Last year alone 1 in 5 Australian’s, 20% of the population, close to 3.3 million people experienced a mental health disorder.
With mental health issues so prevalent in our society it is likely that if it is not you who is suffering, it will be your partner, close friend, family member, work colleague or a multitude of those close to you in life.Read More
It is a question that I am often posed with as a couples’ therapist. Can a relationship survive when a partner commits the ultimate act of betrayal and cheats?
The answer, like most things when it comes to relationships, it’s complicated.Read More
With all that noise, finding the time to be there for each other, to listen and understand why our once loving connection seems to have been replaced by frustration and arguments over petty concerns, is critical.
It is why as part of my therapy sessions I encourage couples to take time away from the noise and find a safe space to focus on each other and one of the best ways you can do this is by attending a weekend couple’s retreat which presents an opportunity to reconnect the bond of love that still exists.Read More
We head to the Doctor for an annual health check, yet when it comes to our relationships we wait until it’s too late before we seek help, with studies telling us that it takes six years of unhappiness before couples realise they have a problem.
Like any illness, early detection of issues in a relationship are the key to restoring the love and connection between a couple.
So how do you know when it’s time for you to give your relationship a health check?Read More
Accepting you partners influence can be an incredible buffer for when things get tough. If you are a couple that have developed this strength you are both investing in your emotional bank account that will be full for when issues may arise. Here are some of my tips on how to develop this part of your relationship .Read More
In-laws can be a cause of great strain on a relationship and be the reason behind of many fights and disagreements around the level of influence they have in the home. Here are my thoughts how to handle it between you as a couple.
One day, the whirlwind comes to an end as your last child elects to leave the nest and you are suddenly you are back to where it began with your partner, feeling like two strangers in your now empty home. Read my blog here with some suggestions to consider on how to re-ignite your relationship again.Read More
While writing your profile can be time consuming for some, it’s incredibly important to get it right. After all, this is what any potential date or future partner will be reading to determine whether they feel you’re a good match for them, so it deserves a bit of effort.
Here are some simple tips for those struggling with writing their online dating profiles.Read More
Getting engaged is one of the most wonderful moments of anybody’s life. Bursting with romance and often surprise, it can create spontaneous joy and a huge rush of excitement that can last for days. The phone runs hot, your social media feed is bubbling over with bubbly emojis and you are floating on a cloud. Here are my top tips to make sure planning your wedding becomes a ‘win win’ situation for both of you.Read More
Did Valentine’s Day not go as well as you’d hoped this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
There can often be a lot of expectation surrounding this annual celebration of love, and once it’s come and gone many singles and couples are left feeling disappointed, rejected or resentful.
Perhaps there was no one special to spend it with, or maybe a partner forgot or didn’t want to do anything romantic? Whatever the reason, for a lot of people the post Valentine’s Day blues is real.
So what can you do about it? Here are my tips for coping with a disappointing February 14.Read More
Melissa’s Intensive therapy is open to couples from all over Australia. In the privacy of her professional and roomy office, you and your partner will undergo a 3 day intensive therapy program - 5 hours per day of couple therapy. This can be an effective way to shift long-seated resentments and problems within your relationship. Many couples who commit to the process find this experience helps kick-start their relationship again without the pain and conflict that has been holding them back from love, intimacy and closeness for some time.Read More
The New Year is a great time to reflect on what changes you’d like to make in your life, which is why resolutions and goals such as losing weight, giving up smoking and saving money are fairly common. But don’t forget about your love life! January is also a good time to think about your relationship health as well.Read More
It sounds like a simple thing, but it’s amazing how many couples forget to show their love for one another. Saying “I love you” regularly is great, but this alone is not enough, you need to actually show how much you care with thoughtful gestures, intimate moments and meaningful actions.
Here are my top five tips to show your partner that you love them (most of which can also be applied to other relationships with loved ones):Read More