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"A journal provides the opportunity to reflect on the way we are, have been, or want to become as we live, love and lead"
- Jo

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How can I tell if my relationship will last?

Couples are faced with many challenges and transitions throughout the course of their relationship. While it would be nice to have a crystal ball, there is no specific way of determining whether or not your relationship will last.

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Understanding your partner's relationship needs

Our journey to understanding the underlying needs in couple relationships started with psychiatrist John Bowlby (1907-1990). He was a Freudian thinker, believing mental health or the lack of it, is derived in early childhood.

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Our deep-seated yearning for connection

In Western cultures, dependency is a dirty word. In our world, healthy adulthood has been defined by emotional independence and self-sufficiency. In essence our culture encourages us to draw an emotional moat around ourselves.

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Three marriage saving tips for life’s big transitions

When we look back across the landscape of our life - that began in our childhood craddles and leads us to where we are today, we realise that life evolves through a series of phases.

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Mental Health Week and beyond: How can you improve your mental health and wellbeing?

It was mental health week last week. Around Melbourne (and I’m sure further afield too) events to raise awareness were hosted by numerous organisations.

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Do we learn relationship management skills, or is it instinct that matters?

The 19th century German poet, philosopher and student of human culture Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel said, ‘Every art should become science, and every science should become art.

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Why do couples fight? (and how to redirect the energy)

We fight with those we care about the most because those are the relationships that matter.

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The changing face of couple relationships

As a couples counsellor, it is important for me to keep up to date with the latest research on couple therapy.

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Something personal....

Not so long ago my life was really different.   I was a senior leader with a global blue chip company. I did interesting work.

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How to survive a relationship break up

It is never easy when a relationship ends. Whether you initiated or were on the receiving end of a breakup, loss of a relationship; a bond between intimates can be one of the most painful experiences of our lives.

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