“In my experience, everything healing can happen within a couplehood: reparative, growthful emotional change, impacting the individual, the couple and the family.  Over the 15 years with my partner, my relationship has been my most profound teacher”

Couples Therapy

  • Transforming disconnection and reducing conflict
  • Emphasising couples resources and strengths
  • Working with changing old couple cycles and dynamics
  • Supporting more collaborative and co-created couple experiences

My couples therapy practice is underpinned by a focus on the existing resources and strengths of a relationship.  Even if at the time of attending therapy, couples are at their most vulnerable, It’s a place where they can begin to slow down and rest.  Opening their minds and hearts to each other, feeling confident in the safe, assured environment of my practice.

I know though the trial and celebrations of my own relationships that collaborative relating is so important in maintaining emotional wellness.  So the focus in my couples work is on care, connection and protection within the couple dynamic.

I bring to couples therapy a specialised and extensive experience that is highly regarded and effective.  Utilising contemporary evidence based modalities like Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) my practices in couples therapy includes weaving Gestalt therapy, attachment theory, neurobiology and mindefullness into a significant experience of connection and transformation.

Generally, I recommend couples to book fortnightly appointments.  The number of sessions that couples need can vary from case to case depending on circumstances.

Couples often ask me if they are also able to see me for individual sessions whilst also working on their relationship.  Again, this can vary depending on each couples circumstances.

Session Time Cost Attendance Booking
1 to 1.5 hrs $170 Face to Face or Skype Online or Phone

Bookings

Sessions can be booked online or by contacting me via phone or email. Sessions are either Face to Face or via Skype

Couples Therapy Fee and Clinical Information Sheet

What clients say

“Sean, I really can’t thank you enough for the space you hold for me. I feel safe, I feel vulnerable, I feel challenged, I feel hopeful and most of all, I feel ready. You are a very special human being and I’m grateful for being guided towards you”. S.R

“I can highly recommend Sean, from my very first session I have felt met, held and supported. Every step of the way Sean has been with me with his kind presence and warm contact. He has challenged me at the right times and his compassionate curiosity have guided me deeper into a profound understanding of myself. I’m always amazed at his ability to work at my pace and where I’m at and I always walk out of my sessions feeling empowered, with a greater sense of capacity to operate in the world. Many thanks Sean” M.S.

“Working with Sean has changed my life & my relationship. Sean is a highly skilled & intuitive therapist. His sensitivity creates a safe space, offering the opportunity for deep healing & transformation” B.K.

“I can’t recommend Sean enough, he’s compassionate & patient. If you’re committed to turning up & doing the work, then Sean’s your man” T.D.

“My sessions with Sean have offered me a sense of being deeply met in a safe environment. My capacity to experiment with new behaviours and choices has broadened, as has my ability to discover and action tools of support unique to me and my needs” KLD.

“Sean is an exceptional supervisor and his generosity, experience and experiential approach has supported me greatly to complete my counselling training and step into becoming a beginner therapist. Feels like a couldn’t have done it without you – so grateful.” S.M

“After over 22years together, children and an affair, my partner and I had become disconnected from each other. Separation ensued and we began navigating the world apart. However, along the way, we both recognised that we were prepared to work hard to see if we could recover from the traumatic affair, evolve both individually and as a couple and, rediscover desire for each other. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Sean and worked with him regularly for over a year. In the early days, we would see him fortnightly. There were some difficult conversations to be had. Raw and reflective. In these sessions, Sean ensured that each person was respected, and allowed the time and space to feel supported in what they had to say. Sean has an incredible capacity to observe body language, cues and conversation. When one person is speaking, his gentle manner assures the other partner that their thoughts will be heard and he balances the flow of the session equally. He has a great memory for returning to poignant points that could otherwise be lost. As time went on, we gained powerful knowledge about ourselves, our fears and insecurities, and our strengths and how we loved each other. Armed with this knowledge and tools to express ourselves, over time, we were able to manage conversations at home and moved to less frequent sessions. The use of practical tools in Sean’s work also provided a concrete base for which thoughts could be expressed. For me, this was far more effective in helping me to understand my thoughts than just trying to explain them. Sean’s nature, knowledge and faith guided us through an extremely difficult time in life. The cost, time away from work, tears and hard conversations were well worth it. A couple of years later, we have reunited. We’re stronger as individuals. We know how to support each other when we’re down or feeling lost. We’re brave to confront difficult conversations together. We’ve stopped making presumptions about what the other person thinks. We’ve found new ways to spend time together. The result .. our intimacy and desire for each other has returned, we’ve reconnected. Thank you Sean.”  A.C.

“Outstanding. Sean’s training included excellent info and management of delivery.  The live demonstrations were a generous way of teaching and exemplifying skills and application of theory” G.H

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sean Tonnet for the wonderful counselling he has given me over the past 2 years. I initially came to see Sean with my partner for couples counselling, then I returned to him when I was single for general life counselling, then I returned to him again when my mother passed away for grief counselling. In all these different contexts, Sean provided me with the most incredible support. His gentle presence, deep care, powerful empathy, grounded wisdom and practical strategies have helped me over and over again. I can’t recommend him highly enough as a counsellor! I feel lIke I could turn to him in any situation and I would get the exact support I need.”  T.W.