The Couples Clinic is home to two Certified Gottman Therapists and registered Psychologists who specialise in marital and relationship therapy. The Gottman Method is the gold standard approach to relationship counselling. Our Principal Psychologists, Kasia Gordon and Brett Somers have completed the highest level of therapeutic training and accreditation with The Gottman Institute. Additionally, both are trauma-informed and have undertaken rigorous training in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C), Schema Therapy for Couples (ST-C) and additional training and development based on their personal preferences.

Your Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) will predominantly use The Gottman Method interventions and blend across therapeutic modalities from there to best formulate and target our approach for each relationship. Therapy is a process-oriented, cognitive, and emotionally focused approach to your unique relationship dynamics. You both will develop a range of fresh insights, tools, skills, and experiences that will promote improved communication, intimacy, connection, and conflict resolution.

As inclusive and affirming practitioners, The Couples Clinic have achieved remarkable success working with couples of all presentations and complexities. Both Kasia and Brett are highly regarded in The Gottman Institute and couples therapy space within Australia.

Marital and relationship therapy is an investment in time and money. Your therapist is highly experienced to fast-track your treatment progress based on a thorough formulation of treatment needs and timing. While we are based in sunny Queensland, Australia, we provide couples therapy nationwide and across the globe via online consultations.

We have provided the following information to best inform what might best suit your relationship needs.

The Assessment Phase

An assessment phase precedes all couples therapy at The Couples Clinic. This includes the confidential completion of clinical online assessments (including their cost) by each partner, followed by a 2hr joint interview with both (all) parties (60mins) to discuss the history of your relationship and what has changed over time, followed by individual interviews (30mins per partner). These individual sessions give you the opportunity to speak confidentially about your personal history and relationship goals. Your therapist will recommend the most appropriate treatment process following the initial assessment and diagnostic phase of therapy.

Couples Therapy Treatment Options – Benchmark, Blended, Immersive Therapies

(1) Benchmark Couples Therapy

  • Assessment Phase – $850 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Treatment Phase – At least 6 x sessions of 120 minutes are booked weekly to fortnightly until the relationship is showing improvement in line with treatment goals and all parties agree to move to maintenance mode. Session fee (120 minutes) – $480
  • Maintenance & Relapse Prevention Phase – Sessions of 60 minutes are to follow the treatment phase. These sessions allow couples to touch base with their therapist across the next 12 – 18 months to ensure their integration of relationship counselling interventions are effective in real-time and over the course of time. Session fee (60 minutes) – $250
    • After hours’ (< 9am and > 5pm) and weekend / Public Holiday sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.
It is important to note that the average treatment timeframe for a couple in low-moderate distress is 14-16 treatment hours.

Extensive research has been undertaken on the effectiveness of relationship therapy. The outcome from this research supports that the more intensive the therapeutic intervention, the greater the outcomes for couples. Evidence informs our practice and our approach to marital and relationship counselling and is the rationale for how we structure our treatment phase.  

(2) Blended Therapy

Blended Couples Therapy strikes a balance between benchmark couples therapy and immersive therapy. This type of therapy will seek to integrate a series of intensive half/ full-day sessions upfront, followed by regular 2hr sessions until a couple is experiencing relationship improvement. This approach is most useful for couples who are needing a flexible approach to couples counselling with periods of more intensive treatment to fast-track relationship improvement.

  • Assessment Phase – $850 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Benchmark, half-day and full-day immersive pricing options as follows:
    • Session fee (120 minutes) – $480
    • Half-day Immersive Therapy – $840 (3.5hrs inc. a minimum 15min break) x number of half-days prescribed by your therapy.
    • After hours’ (< 9am and > 5pm) and weekend / Public Holiday sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.

(3) Immersive (Marathon) Therapy

Immersive (Marathon) Therapy is fast becoming one of the most popular and successful approaches to helping couples through a relationship crisis. It is an approach most suited to couples presenting with relationship distress and difficulties taking time away from work / parenting/ shifts, etc.

Immersive Therapy usually consists of 2 days of intense, structured, evidence-based couple’s therapy within a short period of time (i.e. within weeks). Follow up sessions are typically scheduled to ensure the couple are tracking well according to their treatment goals and timeframes.

  • Assessment Phase – $850 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Immersive Therapy – $1,800 / day (7hrs inc. a minimum 30min break) x number of days prescribed by your therapist. Immersive days typically run online from 9am-4pm.
    • After hours’ (< 9am and > 5pm) and weekend / Public Holiday sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.
Once you have committed to move forward with couples counselling, we recommend you ‘bench / park / call a truce’ on any ongoing relationship issues for the time being. The spirit of couples counselling is one where we share the common goal of improving your connection. Your time, trust and hope is in good hands with The Couples Clinic therapists.

Rebates for Couples Therapy Sessions

If you have Private Health Insurance, please check with your insurer regarding rebates. The item number for relationship therapy is 300. Please note that Medicare does not currently provide rebates for couples or marital therapy.

Individual Therapy Fees & Referrals 

The Couples Clinic accepts clients seeking individual therapy for certain presentations (see overview here). You do not require a referral to access private psychology sessions. If you have a private health fund, please contact them to understand if / what rebates may be provided under Item number 100. If you choose to engage a psychologist under a GP Mental Health Care Plan (GP MHCP), such a referral allows for up to 10 (initial 6 +4 re-referral) rebated sessions per calendar year for individual sessions.

  • Individual psychology consultations are 50-60 minutes long and billed at $235 per session. Rebates under a GP MHCP are currently set at $93.55 per session (to increase July 1, 2024)

Payments Processing

All payments at The Couples Clinic are automated and we are a virtual practice, meaning all appointments are online. We will collect confidential payment details via our secure online intake forms prior to any consultations. Halaxy is our practice management software platform. All payment and health data is stored electronically on Halaxy and thus protected by bank-grade security and encryption.

Payment for the assessment phase and any immersive therapy option is required in full prior to any appointments being scheduled. Payment for treatment and maintenance sessions are automated to be deducted 30 minutes into your session. All payments are required in full at the time of your consultation, including any late cancellation or missed appointment fees. An overview of our cancellation policy can be accessed here.

Crisis Support Resources

Please note, our service is not a crisis support service and our team are available online by appointment only. If your matter is non-urgent and important to obtain advice around, please schedule an appointment time with your General Practitioner (GP) or health specialist to discuss. Alternate crisis support contacts are listed here.