Do you long to feel connected to your partner but don't know where to begin? We understand that struggling in your relationship can feel painful...


At Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic

we understand how important it is to seek specialised help for your relationship. We offer Gottman Method couples therapy in both weekly and intensive two day formats. Individual therapy is also available as we understand that sometimes addressing our own personal and mental health issues is an important step in improving our relationship.  Madonna Hirning, the Director of Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist and Leader of the 2 day Gottman Art and Science of Love Workshop for couples which she facilitates here on the Sunshine Coast twice yearly for a small group of couples. Get in touch today to enquire about couples or individual therapy or to book your place at our next Art and Science of Love Workshop

Our Services


Couples Therapy

We are passionate about working with couples to process past hurts, address current issues, develop a deeper understanding of each other and to learn new ways of communicating and managing conflict. In our work with couples we use Gottman Method Couples Therapy, an evidence based approach that begins with a full assessment process to ensure we fully understand the issues you are experiencing. To avoid long waits between appointments we book your assessment process and a series of weekly appointments ranging from 2 hours to 90 minutes in length. Couples Therapy is available in both face to face and online formats.


Couples Intensives

Our Director and Certified Gottman Therapist Madonna Hirning also offers couples therapy in a two day intensive format. If you and your partner will struggle to attend weekly couples therapy appointments or would like to see Madonna but don't live on the Sunshine Coast then a  Couples Therapy Intensive may be for you. A comprehensive assessment of your relationship and the issues you are experiencing will be conducted before your intensive leaving the full two days for you to work with the most challenging aspects of your relationship and developing the skills you need to create lasting change.  


Individual Therapy

Whether you are seeking individual therapy to assist you to better manage personal or mental health issues that are impacting your relationship, or are just looking for help to thrive in your life, we can help.  Psychologist Ellen Wright is experienced in assisting clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, emotional regulation and relationship issues. Medicare rebates for individual therapy are available if you have a current Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.


Relationship Workshops

Madonna is excited to be able to offer the two day Gottman Art and Science of Love Workshop for couples. This interactive workshop is a blend of learning the secrets the science of what it takes to build a good relationship as established from decades of research and interactive learning of new skills alongside your partner under the guidance of Certified Gottman Therapists. This workshop has been found to produce results similar to 6 months of marital therapy and is suitable for all couples in a committed relationship.

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