Jacqueline McDiarmid

Director, Sydney Couple & Family Specialists

Jacqueline is a Couple and Family Therapist, Lecturer, and Clinical Supervisor with a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy (UNSW). She has a Bachelor degree in Counselling and Human Change, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

She is a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association of Australia and a Clinical Member of PACFA.

Jacqueline has been in private practice for more than 20 years, working successfully with individuals, couples and families. She has extensive experience in couple and family therapy and is considered a specialist in these areas. As one of Sydney’s few highly trained systemic couple and family therapists in private practice, she is often referred challenging cases and is highly sought after.

She has helped couples and families with issues including – but not limited to – complex trauma, affairs, complex mental health issues, eating disorders, adolescent behavioural problems (including self harm and suicidal ideation), behavioural issues in young children which are impacting parents and families, relationship issues and post-separation work.

Jacqueline works with couples, parents, families with young children, families with teenagers and also adult families. She has a particular interest in working with and supporting parents who are managing a child with behavioural issues or with a diagnosed condition like anxiety, ADHD, ASD and so on. She also works with same sex couples and families, foster/adopted families and adult families where the work is often more complex.

Although Jacqueline’s work is supportive and friendly, she will challenge her couples and families to make the necessary behavioural changes, to repair relationships and to move towards healthier communication styles in the future. Jacqueline’s style is direct and fast paced and she is known for quickly getting to the heart of the matter. Clients report that they feel safe with her.

Jacqueline is a Clinical Supervisor for Counsellors and Therapists. She lectures in couple and family therapy at Masters and Post Graduate level, and is currently Head Lecturer for the Couple and Family Therapy course (Masters) at the Jansen Newman Institute. She has been a Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and Sydney University, and continues to guest lecture at other tertiary institutions.

Jacqueline is also the Director of the Couple and Family Training Centre where she runs regular professional development workshops and seminars for Therapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Health Industry Workers who are looking to gain skills in this specialist area.


Jacqueline has practice rooms in Paddington.
Please contact her via email at info@sydneycoupleandfamily.com or call 02 8968 9397.

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