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Melissa Ferrari is one of Australia’s most sought-after therapists who possesses over 20 years’ experience in couples counselling and individual psychotherapy who is regularly called upon as a relationship expert across national media.

About Melissa

 

Melissa uses a range of proven approaches in her practice to help couples heal and reconnect having dedicated herself to a life of learning.

 

A Clinical Member of the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors and PACFA College of Psychotherapy, Melissa is also one of the few therapists in the country to have received training from the world’s most renowned pioneer in couples counselling, Dr Stan Tatkin, founder of the PACT Training Institute. Melissa has used the innovative Psychological Approach to Couple Therapy for over 6 years in her practice now. She has been asked to be a PACT Ambassador by Dr. Stan Tatkin here in Australia for the PACT Institute in 2020 as a leader in the field to continue to write about the PACT approach and present PACT at mental health workshops and trainings. Melissa also in 2021 was invited to be a PACT Level One Coach assisting with online PACT Trainings. Melissa also facilitates supervision groups with other couple therapists across Australia to receive the most optimal couple therapy guidance available, including internationally.

Known for her warmth and engaging personality, Melissa’s ability to identify and help people work through many of the key issues facing couples today has had a profound and transformative effect on many of her clients’ lives. She has helped thousands of individuals and couples gain insight into their relationship problems, resolve ongoing conflict, re-create sexual connection and work towards maintaining and developing a secure functioning relationship.

“Melissa’s knowledge of human behaviour is vast. Her insights are truly amazing and her understanding is profound.” 

 

Cheryl Keyes - Psychotherapist & Core Profile Trainer

Through private sessions (individually or as a couple) as well as through couple intensives retreats, Melissa has created her own programme to help couples decipher behaviour patterns within their relationship that will help them to move towards love, intimacy, connection and happiness. Melissa believes that change happens in people when more unconscious dynamics are understood and worked through. The importance of understanding relational trauma is central to long term change and this is an area Melissa specialises in.

Located in Penrith and Pyrmont, Melissa works with clients both locally in Sydney and across the country, helping couples to transform their relationships! She is also accredited in delivering therapy online.

Melissa’s passion also lies in her work as a clinical psychotherapist. With the influence of relational theorists and psychodynamic approaches she works with individuals in long-term psychotherapy and self-analysis.

“For myself it has changed my/our life for the better and I can’t thank you enough for teaching and showing us how we could move forward and learn to love, respect and appreciate each other for who we are.”

   

The wife of a couple that attended a 3 - Day Couple Intensive in late 2019

 

Qualifications, Training & Member Associations

 
Australian College of Applied Psychology

Diploma of Counselling & Communication - 2001

Psychosomatic Therapy College

Psychosomatic Therapist & Body Mind Analyst Certificate - 1998

Australian Online Therapy Training

Fundamentals Level 1 - AOTT - 2018

PACT Institute

Wired For Love: A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy - 2013 to now

Trained by Dr. Stan Tatkin Psy.D. Level 1 (Sydney) 2013 & Level 2 (Canada) 2014, Level 3 (Los Angeles) Masterclass 2016

PACT Institute

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy - 2014 & 2017

Level 2 - Dr. Stan Tatkin Psy. D. (Canada) 2014 & (Melbourne) 2017

The Australian Centre for Integrative Studies (ACIS)

Advanced Training - Diploma in Transactional Analysis (Psychotherapy) - 5 year Post Diploma Training - 2007

 

PACT Level III Certificate

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy - Level 3 Exam Candidate to current

PACT Institute

PACT Institute Level 1 (Foundation) & Level 2 (Advanced) Training Melbourne - 2017

Melissa assisted Dr. Stan Tatkin in Australian Couple Therapists Training in Melbourne

Clinical Member – Professional Associations

 
Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists

Registered Clinical Member No. 21639

Australian Transactional Analysis Association

Associate Professional Member

Australian College of Relationship Counsellors

Registered Clinical Member

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Registered Clinical Member No. 21639

International Transactional Analysis Association

Full Member

   

   

The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)

IARPP Australia Clinical Member

   

   

PACFA College of Psychotherapy

Registered Clinical Member

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Melissa Ferrari Counselling & Pyscotherapy, Suite 11/20-24 Castlereagh St, Penrith, Sydney NSW 2750, Australia. Email: melissa@melissaferrari.com.au

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