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The Best Marriage Counsellors in Canberra

Guest Contributor 22 May 2019 27

Marriage counselling can prove to be extremely beneficial to a relationship. With the help of a qualified, experienced marriage counsellor, both newlyweds and long-term partners can achieve the peace and happiness they deserve through compromise and communication.

We understand that seeking out a marriage counsellor can be daunting, especially if you are grappling with raw emotions and marriage troubles. That’s why we’ve conducted a little local research and put together this list of the top three marriage counsellors in the Canberra region.

Let’s get started right away.

What makes an excellent marriage counsellor?

Your relationship is important. You want to give your marriage the best chance to succeed, and that’s why it’s essential to decide on the right marriage counsellor. Here are a few traits we suggest keeping an eye out for:

  • Experience. Many marriages fracture under the weight of the same pain-points, whether that be related to finances, infidelity, or family issues. Experienced marriage counsellors have seen it all, and can equip you and your spouse with effective, actionable ways to get back on track.
  • Specialist knowledge. Look for a counsellor that specialises in marriage issues and relationships.
  • Compassion and understanding. The best marriage counsellors have a way of understanding both sides of the story. They communicate with compassion and never judge.

Is there anything else you look for when selecting a psychologist or counsellor? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

The top marriage counsellors according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Here are the top three marriage counsellors in the region according to Canberra locals. These clinics offer specialist assessment and treatment of couples and spouses at all stages of their relationship.

JMA Psychology Canberra

Respect, honesty, and compassion – that’s what the team behind JMA Psychology Canberra can guarantee when you work with them to improve your marriage. Specialising in relationship and family problems, the experienced psychologists at JMA offer a listening ear, practical skills, and a new perspective on you and your partner’s situations.

Capital Counselling & Coaching Services

Whatever you and your spouse are dealing with, the committed team at Capital Counselling & Coaching Services are there to provide support, so you – as a couple – can reach your full potential. Offering practical evidence-based assessment and treatment, their in-house psychologists can help you navigate the unique and potentially complex issues facing your marriage.

Canberra Psychology Clinic

Canberra Psychology Clinic offers a team of enthusiastic, compassionate, and understanding clinical psychologists. Providing assessments and evidence-based treatments for individuals of all ages, select psychologists at Canberra Psychology Clinic specialise in relationship and marriage support for couples at all stages of their relationship.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you worked with a marriage counsellor? How did you find the experience? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

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interestedc 6:04 pm 11 Jan 19
interestedc 4:07 pm 30 Oct 18

There is a guy in Red Hiil , Martin Male he is briliant. We have found him to be exceptional. Heaps of experience and knows his stuff

midlife 2:02 pm 26 May 09

Why do men forget all the wrong things they do in a relationship?
Its no use two people remembering the same details.

peterh 1:34 pm 26 May 09

we got someone in to discuss our issues, and then, after they left, we chuckled for half an hour at what they had said. It was very useful, but not what we expected. the psychologist shifted her pov based on each partner’s responses, till nothing made any sense… The talking about it afterwards helped us more than when she was there…

James T Kirk 12:41 pm 26 May 09

Tis true – the alternative sux, having recently come back from the brink myself.

Stay focused on the why you want what you both want, and talk to somebody sensible.

And DO NOT listen to &^%&&*% who say just because something has happened then it is lost – you both have the ability to do things you both want.

We spoke with Lisa Bell, and she was helpfull – if you like I can share her number – she is in Red Hill. Not happy to drop it onto a public forum.

Spam Box 3:56 pm 22 May 09

Worth pointing out that I think its pretty impressive you’d put up a post such as this Capt’n. I truely hope you guys can sort it out.

The alternative sucks

daddy 3:55 pm 22 May 09

dvaey said :

Centacare (used to be near Griffith) has counsellors, who will work with both couples and individuals. I had good experiences with them in the past, as they just act as the neutral 3rd party.

Worked for me and mummy. Yes they are the Catholic mob and can base things as religiously as you like. I was asked before the first time I went there and a counsellor was assigned based on my response. Helped with personal stuff then moved on to the relationship.

I believe they have moved to Red Hill

Spam Box 3:54 pm 22 May 09

I would agree that a psychologist is a far better option

FC 3:45 pm 22 May 09

misspris said :

Centacare? Is that the Catholic counselling service? Or do I have them confused with someone else?

The organisation is religious, but that doesn’t mean the staff are. Well the 3 people of the top of my head that I know weren’t religious and it didn’t come into play with their work either.

Holden Caulfield 3:44 pm 22 May 09

poptop said :

Why not work through your issues here?

You’d get plenty of no nonsense advice from a broad range of 3rd parties and for free!

. . . or perhaps not.

Damn, I was going to suggest RiotACT. 😛

Good luck CC, hope you get everything sorted and your marriage is ‘ship shape’ again soon!

Skidbladnir 3:31 pm 22 May 09

There is also a Government subsidised, secular, non-denomnational option.

Family Relationships Australia.
Located in Woden Square, near the base of Lovett Tower

If they can’t help you themselves, they can probably refer you to someone who can.

(I used to refer members of couples who wanted to hire security guards for when they broke up with their partner in person, the people who were having domestic disputes and having their alarm codes changed by their partner, people who wanted their locks changed to “Keep out my cheating husband”, etc…)

misspris 3:11 pm 22 May 09

Centacare? Is that the Catholic counselling service? Or do I have them confused with someone else?

dvaey 2:39 pm 22 May 09

Centacare (used to be near Griffith) has counsellors, who will work with both couples and individuals. I had good experiences with them in the past, as they just act as the neutral 3rd party.

Bells 2:00 pm 22 May 09

Aileen Howe, a psychologist in O’Connor is excellent.

Mistress M 12:42 pm 22 May 09

A life coach I know (but haven’t used yet) is now extremely happy on his second marriage I believe. If children are involved there are obviously more issues at hand and their blended family works wonderfully. This guy’s wife is a marriage celebrant too so check out

deezagood 12:13 pm 22 May 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Google for the ‘four horsemen of marriage’ (or John Gottman, the guy who needs 3 minutes to tell with about 95% accuracy whether your marriage is doomed). quote]

Hey Woody – really good links. I just did the Gottman quiz … (not doomed … whew!)

mutley 12:10 pm 22 May 09

Do these counselling services also do civil union counselling?

Only when both chicks are hot?

caf 12:07 pm 22 May 09

Normally you’re a voice of reason, WMC, but this advice sounds like it amounts to “self-diagnose based on stuff you can read on the internet”, which is only just above “Send an SMS with your and your partner’s name to service advertised during Video Hits” in my book.

Do these counselling services also do civil union counselling?

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:34 am 22 May 09

Google for the ‘four horsemen of marriage’ (or John Gottman, the guy who needs 3 minutes to tell with about 95% accuracy whether your marriage is doomed). If:

– you’re anything past a couple of horsemen, and one or both of you is displaying a lack of positive affect (ie emotional withdrawal about the whole thing), or

– one of both of you has gone directly to ‘contempt’

save your money. Separate now while you’re still semi-amicable – you’ll still be able to meet each other in the street and not spit on one another, and you’ll save a fortune in solicitors’ costs as well.

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