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Practical Marriage &
Relationship Counselling

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Life's Better When Your Relationship is Better

Many couples endure seven years of unhappiness in marriage before seeking help. But it doesn't have to be your story. Life is more fulfilling when our relationships thrive.

It's possible to have your needs met, feel heard, break the cycle of conflict, and establish a deep emotional connection to have the best married life.

Receive the insights and support necessary to rejuvenate your marriage, bringing back the love, passion, and friendship you shared on your wedding day.

Free Counselling
Book a Free Intro Counselling Consultation

If you're a little apprehensive about counselling, have some questions, or would like to know if I'm the right fit for you, then book a free 15-minute Intro Consultation,
with no sales pitch at the end.

A Fresh Approach

Practical Strategies

A no nonsense approach with simple language, and practical strategies and tools you can apply immediately without needing long-term counselling.

No Nonsense

Complete a pre-counselling assessment to maximise counselling session time. An empathetic, straight shooting, no nonsense approach. 

In Person or From Home

Online counselling means no travel time, no babysitter, no transport costs. People open up more, are more relaxed in their own home, getting better results.

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A Unique Difference

Save counselling time by skipping the usual history review. Instead, I ask couples to complete a thorough, personalised online questionnaire before we begin. This unique tool explores your relationship's strengths and weaknesses, including communication, conflict resolution, parenting, roles, responsibilities, finances, social life, sexual expectations, personality type, family history, and more.

 

Your answers are compared to identify agreements, disagreements, and areas needing attention.

Connect with Ease

Three Step Process for New Clients
REGISTER YOUR DETAILS

1

Complete the registration form to gain access to the pre-counselling assessment.

COMPLETE QUIZ

2

Complete the pre-counselling assessment within one week of registering.

BOOK A SESSION

3

Once the assessment is complete, you'll receive an email to book a counselling session. 

Practical Online Counselling

My clients love the better results zoom sessions offer. Being relaxed in your own home means you are more comfortable opening up with how you really feel. If you have kids, there's no need to find a babysitter. You won't waste time traveling or sitting in a waiting room.

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In-Person Consultations

If you prefer to met in person, I'd love to meet you at my fresh, modern Gold Coast clinic at Varsity Lakes. Conveniently located in the Varsity CBD with underground parking.

 

In-person consultations are conducted by appointment during business hours.

Compassion and Care
Without the BS

I'm compassionate, eager to hear from both of you and I'm a straight shooter - I don't beat around the bush. I'll already have the results of your pre-counselling assessment and I'll be ready to ask you some specific questions and get straight into it.  
 

You'll leave each session with practical tools (homework) you can apply to make a real, positive difference to your life and your relationship. 

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Individually or Together

Whether you're looking for counselling as a couple or on your own, my commitment is unwavering. I strive to provide the highest quality services, tailored to each client's unique needs. Through a personalised and evidence-based approach, I guide individuals and couples in overcoming challenges and fortifying their relationships and improving their life.

Mark Sceriha

EXPERIENCED.
COMPASSIONATE.
TO THE POINT.

Utilising my extensive counselling experience, spanning more than 15 years, I bring a wealth of expertise to your relationship, delivering tangible results for individuals and couples alike. Whether you attend sessions alone or with your partner, I navigate a broad range of dynamics, employing holistic, person-centred, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles.

 

I work one-on-one with couples and individuals to highlight strengths in their relationship, pinpoint weaknesses and equip them to create an emotionally intimate relationship.

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Mark is excellent and we have gotten so much out of our sessions so far. Mark is empathetic, intuitive and so astute. He seems to hit the nail on the head every time and always gives us practical advice and feedback, without being condescending. We have genuinely seen instant results, with a significant improvement in our ability to communicate and show affection, as he gave us simple, practical advice to implement straight away.
For anyone wanting to improve any aspects of their marriage, we cannot recommend Mark enough and are so grateful to have taken this step.

Rhiannon and Adam

  • Is Zoom just as effective as In-Person Counselling?
    In most cases, my clients have found zoom to be better that in-person. People are more relaxed in the privacy of their own home, this helps them relax and open up more; as a result they achieve better results. Zoom is also more convenient. It saves you spending additional dollars on babysitting, fuel and parking costs. Not mention the time saved in travel.
  • How Many Sessions Do We Need?
    That depends on the results of your pre-counselling assessment, the issues you're facing and how long you've been struggling. Usually after the first session I will provide a roadmap of where we're headed via email. My goal is not to keep you in counselling and there's no commitment to any number of sessions. Just book one at a time. If you're interested in pre-marriage counselling, most couples need between 3 and 5 sessions. Once your results are in you will be told how many sessions are recommended. There is no obligation to commit to any number of sessions.
  • What Happens in the Sessions?
    In first session we'll discuss why you've sought counselling and what your goals are. You'll receive a brief overview of your assessment results and you'll be given tools and strategies (homework) to apply to your relationship right away. Each session is one hour long with 50 allocated to counselling and 10 minutes to my professional note taking.
  • What's the Cost?
    All the fees are listed on the Register Page. Session start at $110 online or $150 in person (at my Gold Coast office). Payment is required at the time of booking. The cost to complete the Pre-Counselling Assessment is $46 per couple. Payment is made when you access the online portal to complete the assessment. The first person to login makes payment for both of you.
  • What's the Pre-Counselling Assessment About?
    This is a thorough multi choice quiz that both partners complete independently. It covers a broad range of dynamics and is tailored to your unique circumstances. After registering for counselling you'll both receive an email from Prepare Enrich - the assessment provider - click the link in the email to access the online portal and complete your quiz. It will take you about 40 minutes to do so. Your results are compared and contrasted highlighting the strengths and weaker areas of your relationship. This information is used to form the basis of the counselling program.
  • What's Your Availability Like?
    I work business hours Monday to Friday. Three days a week the latest session is held at 7:30pm (AEST), that's 8:30pm for people on the East Coast outside of Queensland during daylight saving. Saturday morning and afternoon. Sunday afternoon. Usually evenings are booked up a week or two in advance. Generally you can book a business hours spot the week before or the week of your desired appointment time.
  • What if My Partner Isn't Ready for Counselling?
    I recommend two options: Purchase The Best Married Life - Essentials Course and complete this short course together - it's basically a couple of counselling sessions rolled into an online course. Or, Start the counselling process without your partner. Don't waste any more time. You make some change alone to improve your relationship. Hopefully your partner will join you once they see the change. NB: If attending alone, you only need to complete the free, brief individual pre-counselling assessment.
  • What's the Process?
    Step 1 - Complete the registration form Step 2 - You'll receive an email with access to your pre-counselling assessment Step 3 - Once your completed questionnaire is processed you receive another email containing a link to book your sessions. Payment is made at the time of booking. Once you make a booking, you'll receive an email with a zoom link and calendar invite. After the first session you'll receive an email with an outline (plan) on where the counselling journey will go, based on the results of your pre-counselling assessment and the first session. If you're attending counselling as an individual, you don't need to complete the pre-counselling assessment - just book a session.
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