Treat couples and relationships

Treat couples and relationships

Do you think you might benefit from couples therapy? Read on to understand more about relationship counseling, how it can help you and your partner recover and grow, and more. Christina is a counselor for couples in Samford Valley serving Brisbane Northside.

Meanings of relationships

Meaningful relationships are where we get the greatest joy as humans. Just as tribal creatures, our ability to be vulnerable and communicate with another person goes to the heart of what we yearn for in life.

Creating meaningful relationships isn’t always easy. This is because our brains have evolved to help us survive. It’s easy to get involved in the fears and anxieties of modern life when we have glossy social media posts, unrealistic romantic films and societal expectations around us for comparison. Thus, our minds constantly check “Am I good enough?” And “Do I agree with the tribe?”

Moreover, even literature always gives a picture of good luck after Hasret’s death. So what can we expect in a happy relationship? What is realistic in today’s world?

Treatment-based evidence

the Gutman Institute have been researching and collaborating with researchers in relationships around the world for the past forty years. What emerged is a strong understanding of what makes a successful relationship “masters of relationships” and what happens when relationships fail – “disasters of relationships”. This research is used by trained healers from Gottman to help couples develop the skills they need to create satisfying relationships in their lives.

The Sound Relationships House framework was developed by Dr. John Gutman and Dr. Julie Gutman Schwartz as a result of this research. This framework includes data from studies for thousands of couples including longitudinal studies (over several years), including couples from all walks of life. Sound Relationship House provides a great blueprint for creating meaningful healthy relationships.

Help the couple recover and move forward

Christina has been trained in the Gutman Method for Couples (Level 3), an evidence-based Couples Therapy supported by 40 years of research. Gottman Method Couples Therapy provides:

  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that enable partners to discuss their worst problems
  • Ways to help couples heal their fights and heal their wounds
  • Techniques for couples to deepen intimacy and reduce relapse

If you want to know how to get to know your partner’s inner world, create passion and admiration for each other, maintain a positive perspective, find dreams within a conflict, create a common meaning and support the dreams and aspirations of others – working with a relationship can help the therapist help you in developing the skills needed to build House of sound relationships.


Couples therapy begins with a three-course comprehensive assessment to understand your unique situation. Starting with completing an online evaluation (approximately 90 minutes each), the results are sent to Christina for analysis. This is followed by a joint session with Christina to understand your problems and how they have evolved over time. Next there are individual interviews with each partner. The final stage of the evaluation is a detailed feedback session with collaborative planning for the intervention phase. At this point, we determine the frequency and duration of the sessions.

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