When it comes to codependency, there are many myths that surround exactly what codependency is. What’s more, the definition of codependency has changed over the years and has a different meaning from what it meant 30 years ago. Australia Counselling Founder Clinton Power interviewed U.S. marriage and family therapist Darlene Lancer, who has been working in the…

What do you think about novels and movies that portray a couple willing to sacrifice anything for each other, even give their own lives if necessary? Insanely romantic or just insane? Codependency was originally a term used to described a particular relationship dynamic where one partner has a substance abuse problem and the other doesn’t,…

This article was written by Australia Counselling member Philipa Thornton.  Adapted from The Divorce Remedy, Michelle Weiner-Davis, Fireside Books; Simon & Schuster, New York,  2011. When your partner has dropped the proverbial bombshell – “I want a divorce”-  after the shell shock is over you need to move past the devastation into action.  The last…

Many Australians have embraced love with the usage of online dating websites vowing to make your ideal dream partner an astonishing reality. With the internet enslaving the global world with a mere click of your finger, one is left with infinite possibilities of finding a perfect match. Renowned Sociologist Sue Malta from Melbourne’s Swinburne University…

Christmas is a holiday that is generally spent with family and loved ones. Yet there are many people who find themselves alone on Christmas due to a number of reasons. According to Samantha Aldridge, who is the Executive Director of Practice at Relationships Australia, “Christmas time can be a wonderful, joyful time of the year…

This article is by Australia Counselling member and Geelong counsellor Colleen Morris. In every couple relationship conflict will inevitably arise around the issue of our gender identity. As a young married couple, my partner Duncan and I experienced this in both subtle and not so subtle ways! Duncan spent many Saturdays working on cars in our…

This guest post is written by Australia Counselling member Lauren Sokolski, who is a Melbourne relationship counsellor. When one partner has an affair, it causes damage to the primary relationship (the relationship that you’re in full-time with your partner).   An affair can sometimes mean the end of this relationship, but often, these relationships do recover and become even…