Relationship Groundwork Course

Wouldn’t it be great to future proof your relationship by knowing where things are likely to go wrong in your relationship BEFORE it happens? We start out in love and with the best of intentions, but few of us get good relationship education. Our society focuses more on getting to commitment than on how to keep that commitment alive day after day.

If couples allocated a fraction of the time spent planning their wedding to learning good relationship skills, more relationships would succeed and thrive. Put the time is now to reap rewards in the future.

You may be dating and thinking about living together and marriage may not be on your agenda, regardless, the prime time to learn what it takes to build a lasting relationship is early in your commitment. The sooner you learn what it takes to redirect negative patterns, the less likely they will become entrenched and destructive. Just like building a house the groundwork and foundations have to be laid skillfully or you will have on-going trouble.

This personalised course is designed to help YOU reflect on where YOUR relationship is at and the patterns and habits you need to be aware of to prevent trouble down the track.

  • This 3-hour course is a practical road map of relationship skills, tools, and insights that lay a solid foundation to build your marriage upon
  • Each course is private and customized to help your unique relationship
  • It will help you to understand the underlying causes of relationship distress and how to avoid these pitfalls

It encourages you to discuss 13 key areas of relationships, some that you may not have considered before and guides you through any difficult discussions. It offers an unparalleled chance to navigate, manage and celebrate your unique differences

Dealing with differences are part and parcel of any healthy relationship – learn the skills it takes to discuss your individual goals and goals you have together. Explore ways to make room for both and how best to support each other’s personal development and desires.

Contact one of us to get started:

Perry King

Perry King

Relationship Therapist
I work as a Relationship Therapist with couples and individuals, supporting them to find their way through life’s challenges and the difficulties they face in relationships. I assist clients to develop their goals for therapy, find long-term solutions to their problems and explore new possibilities as they move into preferred ways of being. By employing a variety of approaches I help people re-engage and connect with each other, improve their communication skills, develop emotional and sexual intimacy, repair relationship hurts and build stronger more sustainable relationships. What you can expect: A collaborative, relational and solution focused approach, guided by the principals of Narrative Therapy and implementing the Bader Pearson Developmental Model of Relationship Therapy providing a proven methodology for effective interpersonal development. I am passionate about relationship therapy and will provide a safe environment for you to talk about your situation, support your understanding of the issues you face and find meaning and hope in your experience. In addition, I also offer a 12-week program for women, called ‘Relationship Ready’.  A skills-building course designed to complement and support your couple therapy or individual counselling. For more information go to

My Background: Advanced Training in The Bader Person Developmental Model of Couple Therapy Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Bachelor Degree from Auckland University Registered with NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) Committed to ongoing development and training in all areas of relationship therapy

Appointments:  Available  Online (zoom) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Please phone, text or email for an appointment: Phone or text: 021 778 392 Email: Web: Fees: Individuals: $200 incl gst) per hour Couples: $240 (incl gst) per hour session, 1.5 hour session ($360) available on request.  Payable at the end of the session.  Please provide a notice of at least two working days in the case of cancellation. Cancellations of less than 24 hours and failure to attend will incur the full appointment fee. Email Phone Website
Nic Beets

Nic Beets

Clinical Psychologist

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist in my 50s who has been in private practice since 1996.  For the last 15 years I have specialised almost solely in relationship therapy.  I have had some training in all the major models of couple therapy and have qualified as a “Master Mentor” in the Developmental Model.  I have developed a reputation as a “straight talker” and as someone who is able to cut to the heart of difficulties.

Since 2004 I have been doing couple therapy by teleconference as a means to follow up on the week-long therapy intensives I have been offering.  As a result of my experience during the Covid-19 lockdown, I have decided to shift ALL my sessions (apart from the intensives) online. 

As well as my therapy work, I offer training and supervision in the Developmental Model to other therapists as a Director of Relationship Therapy Inc.  I also support other therapists as the coordinator of the “Sex Therapy Interest Group”, a network of over 200 health professionals across Australia & New Zealand.

I am married to and work alongside, fellow psychologist Verity Thom, and we have two young adult children.  We have been together for over 40 years and are still learning, so I have a strong personal interest in making relationships work well.

You can contact me at or leave a message at 021 27 55 799

Couple appointments are for 90 minutes and cost $375 ($431.25 incl GST)
Individual appointments are for 60 minutes and cost $250 ($287.50 incl GST)

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Paula Dennan

Paula Dennan

Clinical Psychologist

I work as Clinical Psychologist and have over 25 years of experience working with individual wellbeing, couple relationship concerns, and specialize in sex therapy and sport psychology. I enjoy working collaboratively developing goals for therapy whilst appreciating the unique history of experiences and skills that each person brings.

I am passionate about relationships given the importance and impact they have on our lives. My therapy style is to work alongside you as part of your relationship team to support both individual and relationship development. I work in an open, honest, direct way challenging issues and supporting change.

I have trained widely in Couple Therapy and Sex Therapy with sexual and emotional intimacy issues. I am an approved Australasian Couples Institute Trainer for The Bader Pearson Developmental Model of Couple Therapy and provide training, supervision and consultation for relationship therapists.


Please contact me by email ( or phone 0272821940 to leave a message or txt.  

I offer appointments on M -Th 8am-4pm when available.  I currently offer both zoom/telehealth and in-room consultations when available.

Fees are $240 + gst ($276 incl gst) for Couple/Sex Therapy consults of 1hr (1.5hr couple consults are preferred and cost $360 + gst ($414 gst inc) payable after the session. Cash or direct banking payment methods are accepted and invoiced accordingly. There is no eftpos or credit card facility available.

If you need to cancel or change an appointment please provide at least two working days notice. Sessions not attended or cancelled within 24 hours incur the full fee. Non paid invoices may be subject to debt collection and incur associated costs.

Please note that I cannot offer an after-hours, immediate response or crisis service.

If you are concerned for your own or any other person’s safety, contact the emergency services (dial 111) or use one of the crisis services listed on the following web page:

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