About Us

Madonna Hirning

Director

Psychologist & Certified Gottman Therapist

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Madonna has been a Psychologist in private practice on the Sunshine Coast since 2006 providing psychological therapy to both individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of issues. Over time she began to see more and more clients experiencing extreme relationship distress and began researching evidence based forms of couples therapy to help the couples she was seeing learn new skills and strengthen their connection to each other. This search lead Madonna to Gottman Method Couples Therapy which has been developed from decades of rigorous research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Madonna was the first Certified Gottman Therapist here on the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about helping couples learn better ways to communicate, manage conflict and process past hurts in order for them to strengthen their connection and have the kind of relationship they most long for. Madonna offers couples therapy in both a weekly format which is available in face to face or online sessions and an intensive 2 day  format to suit those who may find it difficult to attend weekly sessions or couples from other areas who may want to combine a stay on the Sunshine Coast with couples therapy.  Madonna is also a Leader of the 2 day Gottman Art and Science of Love Workshop for couples.

Ellen Wright

Psychologist

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Ellen is a passionate Psychologist with a special interest in couples therapy. Ellen is driven to enable and empower couples to achieve happier and more satisfactory relationships using the Gottman model of therapy. Ellen has completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy along with specific training on dealing with relationship issues in the context of individual therapy. Ellen also provides individual therapy and is committed to assisting individuals to improve their mental health and wellbeing using evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Ellen has experience addressing a broad range of concerns including anxiety, depression, stress related issues, grief and loss, and interpersonal difficulties.