Darleen Barton

Accredited Counsellor, Mediator and Life Coach

Couples / Family Counselling

Making the choice to go to counselling can feel like a very big step. It involves admitting that things are not perfect in your partnership, which is often tough to do and scary to admit. And if you are not particularly familiar with what therapy is all about, you may initially feel overwhelmed and confused, not to mention it can involve considerable effort. Together we work through all sorts of issues from finances to intimacy. All relationships face turbulence at some point, life does not discriminate.


ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution, life does not discriminate arguments and potential fallout happens to us all. In family or business some conversations can be tough and emotions get in the way.

Mediation can be an effective means to settle Wills in dispute. The distribution of Goods and Chattels can be less painful with an independent person communicating between the parties.

There are also those conversation regarding medical and QOL discussions where siblings may not be not in agreement for eg: parent care QOL decisions. A Counsellor / Mediator has the skills required to take a compassionate non- judgmental approach. 

Therapy is becoming a way of life for some, PTSD, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Anger management to name a few. Some of the Therapies used in these areas include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • SFNT (Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy)

  • Expressive & Anger Management Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • General Talk Therapy

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • Neuroplasticity

  • Life Coping Strategies

  • Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT)

  • Mindfulness

Some patients need medication to cope in life, some need to learn coping skills and perhaps how their thinking and actions are contributing to their results. There are some patients who require a combination, mediation and therapy. 

1 in 4 adults are dealing with the aftermath of childhood trauma, it does not have to take away you future happiness and prevent you from living a fulfilled life.