Relationship navigation applies the art and science of understanding loving relationships and how best to make the principles work for you and your partner.
Each program is tailored to best meet the priority needs of the couple. The therapeutic process starts by meeting with you jointly to discuss your relationship concerns and urgency of intervention.
Dr Rebekah Doley will provide information to you on available options for relationship therapy with her and then suggest a starting point for you both. This may include couples counselling over a period of weeks or a concentrated couples’ intervention conducted in an intensive format. All couple-related sessions are a minimum of 120 minutes in order to maximise the gains you can make from the intervention.
Other treatment alternatives may be canvassed as appropriate, such as participating in group therapy.
If only one person is willing to attend counselling, the session would be an individual psychology session and may be eligible for Medicare rebates applied to individual psychology services. Couples counselling can only be effective with both parties attending; however, individuals may benefit from attending solo psychology sessions to address their own mental health and emotional well-being needs.
Couples are offered an opportunity to participate in a professional and structured, private relationship assessment. The confidential, online assessment establishes a profile of specific strengths and challenges in your relationship, while also suggesting actionable, research-based recommendations for therapy. Questions cover friendship, intimacy, how well you know your partner, how you manage emotions and conflict, how you share your values and goals, and what gives meaning to your lives. There are additional questions about parenting, housework, finances, trust, and individual areas of concern. The assessment involves a comprehensive online questionnaire along with a clinical interview with each partner and a joint feedback session to explore strengths and areas for improvement in your relationship.
Completing the assessment prior to attending couples coaching or related workshops may help you to refine your purpose in attending and to focus your energy on developing the knowledge, skills and strategies most relevant to your duo currently.
Under the current Australian Federally funded Better Access scheme, joint couples’ sessions are not eligible for Medicare rebates.
Where individual members of the couple are experiencing psychological symptoms consistent with an eligible mental health disorder, psychological treatment to address these specific concerns can be provided in individual sessions. These individual sessions may be eligible for rebate with an appropriate Mental Health Treatment Plan in place (discuss your individual situation with your referring General Practitioner).
Getting Immediate Help
An individual who is experiencing domestic violence (including threats to physical, psychological, or economic safety) should seek help immediately. The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria provides a list of support services that can provide assistance or click here for information on how to access further help.