Hello, I'm Liz. I'm a clinical psychotherapist and I'd like to help you become happier, more confident... & ready to enjoy life again.
Clinical Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Master of Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Course
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Affiliate Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
PACFA Reg. Clinical
Affiliate Member of the College of Relationship Counsellers
If you're not coping well at the moment, perhaps I can help you.
I work with individuals, couples and families to help give them clarity about the issues they are facing, and to show them a path which will lead them to a happier and more harmonious way of living.
Whatever is troubling you, let's sit down and talk about it.
Together, you and I will develop a sustainable solution for your problems, one that treats the cause not the symptom, and which leads to greater confidence, peace and happiness in your life.
We will also build an enduring foundation for your emotional wellbeing so you will be stronger, more confident and more self-aware when you 'graduate' from therapy with me. This will help ensure you have the tools to help you better cope with challenges which may arise in the future.
Your long term happiness is my goal.
And I will do everything I can to help you become happier, more confident... and ready to enjoy life once again.
What is our approach to therapy?
We use a form of psychotherapy which is gentle and empathetic, with a strong emphasis on helping you achieve the results and improvements you need.
And because our therapy is introspective, as well as dynamic and interactive, we are able to focus our sessions on gaining a genuine understanding of the underlying reasons for behaviours so a solid platform can be created to facilitate your desired changes and outcomes.
Importantly, our therapy provides a safe, collaborative and supportive environment which allows you to talk openly with an experienced professional who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.
Should you make an appointment for therapy?
The people who typically benefit the most from my psychotherapy sessions are:
Families who would like to restore peace and happiness in their home
Individuals who need to reclaim control of their life and re-build their self confidence
Couples who want to regain harmony, trust and understanding in their relationship.
What are the issues for which most people seek assistance?
- Relationship break-ups
- Constantly fighting with your partner
- Loss of intimacy with your partner
- Communication problems with your partner or child
- Difficulty parenting toddlers or teens
- Pre-marriage counselling
- A child misbehaving
- Eating disorders
- Family counselling
- Wanting to separate from their partner amicably
- Helping the children cope after a relationship break-up
- Trouble staying in relationships
- HSC stress for students and their families
- Relationship commitment issues
- Problems at work
- Couple counselling
- Difficulties with step-children
- Sexual difficulties
- Problems with in-laws
- Substance addiction
- Facing major life changes
- Making new life choices
- Relationship counselling
Are my sessions confidential?
Yes. I am bound by the Privacy Act to maintain confidentiality with clients unless I believe ... READ MORE
How long will I be in therapy?
This will depend on the nature of your issues. For some people, the required change and understanding can be achieved ... READ MORE
How long are the appointments?
My psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
Can anyone benefit from your psychotherapy?
Our therapy benefits individuals, couples and families who would like to ... READ MORE
How will you work with me?
To me, psychotherapy means working closely with each client to develop solutions which will lead them to a happier life. ... READ MORE
How much do therapy sessions cost?
The cost of my sessions is in line with industry standards. Please contact us for further information. ... READ MORE
Which types of therapy do you use?
I am not limited to using one particular type of therapy ... READ MORE
How can I make an appointment?
To inquire about therapy with Liz in Dee Why, please contact her at:
Sydney Individuals and Couples Counselling
Phone: 0422 306 679
The Sydney Individuals and Couples Counselling blog
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May 1, 2019
Every couple argues. We all get tired and angry from time to time ... READ MORE
April 1, 2019
Step-parenting is hard. Really hard. You want to support your partner by helping out with the parenting, but ... READ MORE
March 1, 2019
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February 8, 2019
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February 11, 2018
Most people experience the pain of a broken heart after the break-up of a relationship, especially if they are the one who is given the bad news ... READ MORE
December 11, 2017
It is not uncommon to come across the dilemma of one partner’s passive aggressiveness and the challenge that presents to the relationship. ... READ MORE
December 7, 2017
Everyone has their own stresses at Christmas time ... READ MORE
October 10, 2017
Liz Paul, family & couples therapist, chats with Ben Fordham from Radio 2GB’s ratings-topping program Sydney Live about parents who unintentionally favour one child over another... ... LISTEN HERE
August 22, 2017
We love our kids and want the best for them. And we know it is our job as parents is to love, nurture and protect them. ... READ MORE
May 20, 2017
Liz Paul, family & couples therapist, chats with Jono and Melissa from radio 2UE’s program ‘Talking Relationships’ about what it's like to be dumped after a love affair you thought was forever... ... LISTEN HERE
May 4, 2017
I like to talk to my couples about their emotional bank account. It’s a way of explaining how happiness ebbs and flows in a relationship. ... READ MORE
March 17, 2017
Liz Paul, family & couples therapist, chats with Jono and Melissa from radio 2UE’s program ‘Talking Relationships’ about tactics for making online dating work. ... LISTEN HERE
Why do some single thirty-something women have recurring relationship problems? Is it their fault… or are they just choosing the wrong partners?March 10, 2017
Lisa (not her real name) sought therapy after a string of unsatisfactory relationships with men she had met at various functions. ... READ MORE
February 23, 2017
Are you exhausted from trying to find the ‘right’ partner on dating websites and apps? You are not alone. ... READ MORE
Sometime’s your partner’s feelings get hurt by something (trivial) you did unintentionally. Why is that?February 13, 2017
When you are in a relationship, it’s normal for each other’s feelings to be hurt occasionally ... READ MORE
January 17, 2017
After years of fighting, neglect and disagreements, you and your partner finally agree on one thing: the best decision is for the two of you to no longer be a couple ... READ MORE
December 8, 2016
Jane (not her real name) was reasonably happily married and enjoying a successful career. Unfortunately, all the working-late nights ended up with her having an affair with the big boss (also married). He was exciting and intoxicating… he was her ‘soul mate’. She couldn’t believe that she had found ‘the one’. He was perfect for ... READ MORE
November 23, 2016
Liz Paul, family & couples therapist, chats with David and Melissa from radio 2UE’s program ‘Talking Relationships’ about the challenges of raising adolescents after a divorce. ... LISTEN HERE
November 2, 2016
Liz Paul, family & couples therapist, chats with David and Melissa from radio 2UE’s program ‘Talking Relationships’ about tips for co-parenting after a divorce. ... LISTEN HERE
So you have decided divorce is your best option – But what about the kids? What to say and how to support them when you are co-parenting.August 16, 2016
Never underestimate how confusing a parent’s decision to divorce is for young children. They frequently blame themselves as they try hard to work out a reason for the separation. This is why both parents have to give them a clear, non-blaming explanation. This can be particularly hard as it is more than likely one if ... READ MORE
February 14, 2016
If your partner has an affair you will no doubt feel betrayed. You will feel hurt. And confused. And you will torture yourself thinking about how someone you love had secret moments with someone else. And how they lied to you so easily so they could conceal their affair. You may even blame yourself for ... READ MORE
August 31, 2015
Whether you are looking to reconnect with your partner, or to strengthen what you already have, here are four tips to help you create a more intimate relationship: Be physically affectionate during the day. This may include sex, or it may just be holding hands or hugging. Being physically affectionate not only feels good but ... READ MORE
May 28, 2015
Your child is starting to become less dependent on you to meet all of his/her needs. Sometimes this comes as a great relief and yet at the same time letting go can be so hard… it can be a time of great anxiety for both you and your child. Your child is about to discover ... READ MORE
May 27, 2015
We all want the best for our children. And that includes them having healthy friendships with other kids. But what is ‘normal’ when it comes to our kids and friendships? Here are the key points I discussed in a recent presentation I gave to parents regarding kids & friendship. ... READ MORE
May 4, 2015
Robert (not his real name) sought therapy because he wasn’t coping at work where he was a middle manager. He felt undermined and under-appreciated by his boss, and Robert’s natural anxiety tendencies made matters worse. Robert looked like he was close to a breakdown. On closer examination it became apparent that Robert’s problems stemmed directly ... READ MORE
April 14, 2015
Jenny (not her real name) is an all-too-common sufferer of anorexia nervosa. Although smart and social, Jenny is weighed down by what she calls her ‘passenger’ – that is, her illness. It’s an insidious condition which overwhelms her personality, her natural happiness and her ambition – it has literally ruined the past two years of ... READ MORE
March 9, 2015
Falling in love is a wonderful thing and when we finally find ‘the one’ and make the decision to commit we believe it will last forever. However, inevitably, every couple will experience relationship difficulties, most of which we will be able to deal with and move on. Sometimes though these challenges are just too much ... READ MORE
February 17, 2015
When Billy (not his real name) and his parents came to see me, the young boy came presented as likeable, energetic and respectful. But his parents told a different story. They said, at home, Billy was argumentative, prone to tantrums and fought tooth & nail with his older sister (who was, according to the parents, ... READ MORE
January 28, 2015
Learn your triggers – what is it that sets off your anxiety? It might be something like certain memories, or specific people or types of people. Or it might be certain situations at work or school. Every time you feel anxious, make a note in your diary identifying what the triggers were for each episode. ... READ MORE
January 7, 2015
Couples go through rough patches, as we all know. But what happens when the relationship has eroded so much that you no longer know the other person. I’m talking about where intimacy and meaningful discussions have been almost non-existent for years, and where you no longer have common interests or friends, and as a result ... READ MORE