Heidi brings a wealth of experience working with families, couples and individuals in a variety of organisations into her private practice. Heidi is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker; a level 3 Gottman Couples Therapist, and a Circle of Security and Parenting Facilitator.
Heidi has experience supporting across the life span, working with children/teens 12+, young adults and couples from a range of with backgrounds and culturally and linguistically diverse communities including LGBTIQA .
Heidi’s specialty areas include: Gottman Couples Therapy, stress, depression, anxiety management, and trauma. Parenting support; sexuality and gender; and grief and loss.
Heidi works from a holistic and trauma informed framework, acknowledging the systems by which an individual is involved and incorporates various modalities supportive and specific for the individual. Drawing on Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MiCBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT, Emotion Focused Therapy, Circle of Security framework, Gottman Couples Therapy together with Art and play based therapeutic interventions.
Heidi also offers Gottman Couple Marathon Sessions (providing couples with an intensive approach to couples therapy – a structured 2-day personalised approach designed to support resolution of crisis, reduce conflict, and increase stability in the relationship).
Gottman Marathon Couples Therapy is an alternative approach to regular weekly couples therapy sessions. It provides an opportunity for couples to fast track the process and get their relationship back on track sooner by offering an intense support for the de-escalation of conflict and to aid in increasing stability in the relationship.
It can be helpful when there has been trauma to the relationship and or/infidelity leaving both individuals feeling stuck or unsafe. It creates an opportunity to work through past hurts or injuries which may still be affecting and triggering present issues. By engaging in a Marathon Session couples are able to make movement in stuck issues, work through injuries and utilise evidence-based communication strategies to support this process. A marathon session is especially beneficial for couples who don’t live near a trained Gottman Couple’s Therapist, and or have hectic work schedules and for couples who are feeling ‘gridlocked’ on conflict or in distress.
Couples will engage in 2 days of couples counselling that will involve 5-6 hours of therapy, plus a break for lunch and other short breaks each day.
Couples will be required to have a 20minute Zoom/ telephone appointment with Heidi prior to the Marathon Session and complete a comprehensive online relationship assessment prior to their booked marathon session.
Although each couples Marathon Session will be structured according to their individual needs and situation the session will aim to address relationship injuries/ de-escalation of conflict, increase friendship in the relationship, awareness negative relationship feelings/views and how to work towards building positive ones, increasing fondness and admiration, appreciation and respect, establishing healthy communication skills/strategies (identifying feelings and needs, listening and understanding each other in these) and working on trust and commitment issues to move towards a more satisfying relationship.
Inclusions for marathon couples counselling:
• A highly experienced Accredited Mental Health Social
Worker, a Level 3 Gottman Couples Therapist who has extensive training in the Gottman method of couples counselling
• 2x 5–6-hour days of focussed couples counselling
• A 20-minute pre-session Zoom/phone meeting with each individual
• An online Gottman relationship check-up assessment
• Lunch, snacks and tea and coffee provided
• Take Home Resources – a booklet containing the information and strategies relevant to your relationship to support you both and to refer back to
• Access to ongoing Gottman Couples sessions with Heidi via Zoom or in person at AXIS clinic
Please Note this type of Therapy MAY NOT be suitable for:
-Couples where there is serious ongoing domestic violence -If one or both people in the relationship have an active alcohol or drug addiction
-If one or both of the individuals in the relationship suffer from current serious untreated mental health issues (This does not include conditions that have been managed/ treated well in the past).
– If there is an undisclosed affair or an affair that the partner is not willing to cease.
– If either individual is experiencing suicidal, homicidal and or serious self-harm behaviour or thoughts.
– Please contact us if you are unsure if this type of therapy would be suited to you and your partner and your situation and if assessed as it not being suitable, we will do our best to refer you to more suitable and appropriate treatments/services.