Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Sydney Couple & Family Specialists
It takes a lot of courage to share a moment of crisis with someone you don’t yet know. Even more so, to entrust your intimate relationship over to them.
I have been in the fortunate position to be trusted with that responsibility many times and have helped people – through their own bravery, honesty and effort – to transcend their suffering and improve their relationships.
For more than a decade, I’ve had the privilege of being a Therapist. As a Lifeline Counsellor and Trainer, at the Jansen Newman Institute, and in private practice at Sydney Couple and Family Specialists. In that time, I’ve worked with people in crisis and those going through frightening intense and painful life events. I’ve seen what trauma, infidelity, anxiety, depression, adolescent struggles and suicidal ideation can do to an individual, a couple, and whole families.
Whether you’re a couple in a relationship that’s no longer fulfilling, or a teenager who’s frustrated and pushing boundaries beyond the level of safety, my therapeutic approach is fundamentally the same: You’re safe here. I know it’s lonely and frightening, but I’ll listen to you. I will help you understand what is causing your distress – and help you find ways change it. You’ll be supported, but you’ll be challenged too.
I want you to walk away, knowing you have the skills to deal with the problem at hand. But also having what it takes – as an individual or couple – to change, grow and improve all aspects of your life.
Both adolescents and adults have told me I am warm and easy to talk to, and therapy with me feels safe. Couples say they feel understood by me, and that I really ‘get’ both their perspectives. I’ve had people thank me because they feel their partner truly understands them for the first time in their relationship.
When you come to see me you can expect a warm and thoughtful exchange, to be genuinely heard in contained space, to get to the heart of the problem, and to receive practical skills to improve your life and your relationship.
I am a member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy, the Counsellors and Psychotherapist Association of Australia, and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
I hold a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute Sydney, and a bachelor degree from the University of Sydney.
I have almost a decade worth of clinical experience at Sydney Couple and Family Specialists, at the Jansen Newman Institute, and with Lifeline Australia in crisis intervention and as a trainer.
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