Where are your consulting rooms?

My consulting rooms are located at Bayside Family Medical Clinic. 

1220 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, VIC.


How many sessions will be needed?

For Couple Therapy, three sessions are generally required to undertake an assessment of the couple and the presenting concerns.  Further sessions can then be discussed depending on the needs of the couple.   Sessions are approximately one hour in duration. 


For those couples attending for pre-marriage education, they should expect three to four sessions would be required, dependant on your circumstances.


Do I need to attend with a partner?

Definitely not.  I will often see individuals who may be struggling with a relationship issue, or who has a partner that does not wish to pursue counselling as a couple at that time. 

I am also happy to offer support to those who are post separation and divorce, either individually or as a co-parenting couple. 


What are the costs involved?

My fee for a weekday consultation is $180.  

Saturday consultations are $200. 

As my clinic is fully private, rebates from Medicare, Mental Health Care Plans or Private Health Funds do  not  apply.

Please note that a strict cancellation policy is applicable.


How do I make an appointment?
Please phone Suzie directly on 0417115541 to discuss any questions or to schedule an appointment. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Research all over the world supports the view that participation in pre marriage education programs improves outcomes for the couple in the long term.  All sorts of couples choose to enter marriage with a solid foundation by participating in a marriage preparation program.  These include young couples, couples who have lived together prior to marriage, couples with children, remarriages and blended families. 


It is important to understand that pre marriage education is not designed to test your relationship.  I will not give you a pass or fail.  It is a series of discussions that will highlight the areas of your relationship that work well and the areas that you can grow and develop together.


Perhaps you have been in your relationship for a long time and you think you know all there is to know about your future spouse.  Experience of this program suggests that you might be surprised how much you take away, that will equip you for a long and fulfilling marriage.  


About Me

There are many reasons why a couple might require my support.  Perhaps a couple feel that they have drifted from each other.  Concerns may relate to sex, intimacy and desire.  Perhaps the pressures of managing work and home life is causing conflict.  Couples also often seek help after an affair or betrayal.


Whatever the reason you come to Couple Therapy, I cannot promise to 'fix' your problem, however I can promise you do not have to face it alone.


How can I help?

COUPLE THERAPIST

 

Commitment.  communication.  COMPRoMISE.

Pre Marriage Education

My name is Suzie Norwood.  I am a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where I obtained my Social Work qualification.  I have worked extensively in front line crisis roles and more recently with the Victorian Child Safety Commissioner.  Further to this, I have undertaken specialist training in Couple Therapy.  I am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Marriage and Relationship Educators  Association of Australia (MAREAA).  I am also a trained facilitator for the Prepare/Enrich program.  In my practice, I am particularly influenced by the work of Dr John Gottman and Esther Perel.


My private practice is located in Cheltenham, Victoria.  My rooms are both easily accessible and discreet.