Sydney Couple and Family Blog

Is my relationship in trouble?

Are you worried about your relationship? Thinking there might be something seriously wrong but you don’t know what to do about it? Are you thinking it might be time to separate? Or do you suspect your partner wants to end it? Many people I see w ... READ MORE

Do you need communication help for your relationship?

Five common communication mistakes I see in couples counselling. Do you and your partner struggle to have conversations on your own without it resulting in major conflict? Or have you been avoiding conversations because the idea of conflict and a ... READ MORE

How can I repair a cut-off with my family member?

Are you estranged or cut-off from your child? Perhaps you haven’t had contact for several months or even years? Maybe you are also missing out on seeing their children – your grandchildren? Or are you an adult child who hasn’t seen your parent/s  ... READ MORE

Feeling last on your partner’s list? The most effective ways to prioritise love in your relationship.

The endless demands of modern life often pull us into spending more time than we want on unimportant things and leave us with little time for the things that matter most. These demands are often so convincing that we sometime forget what matters ... READ MORE

Can relationship counselling cause more harm to couples and families?

Did you read the news article about psychologists practicing couples counselling without proper training?* The article states that in some cases, couples counselling can actually cause more harm than good. I agree. It can be difficult to find the ... READ MORE

60 seconds to transform your evening AND your relationship

After a day apart, the first 60 seconds you spend with someone you know is in many ways the most important moments for the life and vitality of the relationship. This can transform your evening and your relationship. In these fleeting initial ... READ MORE

The Damaging Effects of Stress on Your Relationship - 11 Antidotes

Stress is one of the most common ingredients in a relationship when couples come to see me for couples counselling. If you missed the article I wrote on recognising stress in your relationship and the damage it can do, you can read it here  ... READ MORE

Stress Damaging Your Relationship? – 10 Signs this is Happening

Despite the multitude of reasons a couple might come to see me for relationship counselling, a common trend is that one or both of the partners are feeling stressed. Indeed, 75% of Australians consider themselves to be relatively stressed[1 ... READ MORE

How can we stay connected after children come along?

They walk in the door. He is red faced. She is anxious. They report they haven’t been doing too well over the last couple of years. Petty arguments which sometimes turn into arguments that hurt for days. She reports he won’t talk to her – discon ... READ MORE

How to re-build Respect in your Relationship

Couples in relationship counselling often ask me what the most important ingredient of a relationship is, thinking the answer will be something to do with love. In fact, many couples base their wedding vows on notions of love, believing that will ... READ MORE

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