“Melissa is incredibly generous, kind and patient, she made us feel very supported in helping our relationship. I thank you for all the work you put in to giving us the tools to be the best partners to each other that we can.”


Brett & Lauren, 2019 – couple in therapy with Melissa



Couples counselling and psychotherapy

How I Work


Melissa is best known for her compassion, non-judgmental style and her capacity to see the root problem quickly. Melissa’s approach to couples counselling is to get to the heart of the problem so she can help you resolve the underlying issues in the ‘here and now’. For best results, Melissa recommends the first scheduled appointment to be two hours long in person and for the initial sessions thereafter to be for two to three hours and then eventually step down to one hour. In the long term, this often means couples spend less time overall in couples counselling. Melissa’s main model to help couples is the PACT approach - Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy.

PACT was developed out of exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas - neuroscience, attachment theory and biology of human arousal. Melissa believes that understanding the unconscious process between couples is central to change in creating love and connection. Unconscious dynamics that are set down strongly due to how the brain works, how we are shaped in relationships and early relational trauma or attachments is what Melissa uses to understand relationships. This model works with the core issues created by a couple together unconsciously leading them towards secure functioning.

What can I expect when we first meet with Melissa? 


Your sessions will include:

·         Addressing your primary concerns

·         Talking with your partner while Melissa observes and comments

·         Interviews to identify attachment styles

·         Learning and practicing effective communication techniques

·         Exercises to help you feel safe and secure with your partner

At the initial consultation Melissa will create a plan built for you that outlines the level and type of support you will need based on the crisis level in your relationship, and will explain how she will assist you in steering your relationship to a safe and secure place. Melissa’s primary aim is to help you create a relationship that you can manage yourself emotionally well on a daily basis, no matter the issues that may arise. Also, if you relationship issues are sexual in nature PACT couples therapy is psychobiological which is also specific to sex and sexuality.

Weekday Fees:

Penrith - Couple Session $240.00 per 60 minutes (including GST)

Pyrmont - Couple Session $300.00 per 60 minutes (including GST).


Weekend Fees:

Penrith - Couple Session $270.00 per 60 minutes (including GST)

Pyrmont - Couple Session $320.00 per 60 minutes (including GST).

One Day Couples Therapy Intensive

Looking for an option where you both take the day off and do a full day of couple therapy equivalent to about 8 - 10 weekly sessions. Melissa offers One Day Couple Therapy Intensives which is a Couple Therapy marathon of 6 hours. These sessions will get to the heart of your ongoing issues, help you both understand each other better and know what is truly happening in your relationship giving you a solid idea about which way to head in your relationship to create more of what you are both looking for in your partnership. Read more >

Three Day Couples Therapy Intensive

Melissa often sees couples from out of town or interstate in her intensive 3 day process - 5 hours per day of couple therapy at her office located in Pyrmont or Penrith. This can be is an effective way to shift long-seated resentments and serious problems within your relationship. Many couples find this experience helps kick-start their relationship again without the pain and conflict that has been holding them back from love, intimacy and closeness for some time.

It is also suitable for couples who find weekly sessions hard to schedule regularly due to work and commitments or want to work intensely focusing just on their relationship problem. The 3 Day Couple Intensive fee is for the couple therapy only. YES, you will work as a couple just with Melissa! Accommodation of your choice can be found in Penrith/Pyrmont or surrounds. There is an extensive questionnaire that would need to be answered on application for this couple intensive style of therapy to assess suitability. 

15 hours of intense couple therapy plus pre-intensive online session, extensive pre-questionnaire and follow up session. This is equivalent to 5 - 6 months of couple therapy.      

Individual Counselling & Psycotherapy

Counselling focuses on enhancing people's capacity to cope with specific life challenges, such as a relationship ending, bereavement or anxiety. Melissa can help you get through a personal crisis, and help you develop goals for the future.  Psychotherapy focuses on achieving change to break destructive habits or patterns. Often people notice that the nature of their personal difficulties are repetitive; similar issues arise time and time again in different contexts and relationships. While Melissa enjoys working with couples, individual work with her clients particularly in long-term psychotherapy and self-analysis is a great passion of hers.


Melissa has had extensive training in psychotherapy as well as her own ongoing psychotherapy journey which is central to understanding her clients brave steps to starting this in-depth work. Melissa believes change happens when the unconscious is understood and examined fully with all aspects of the self supported and encouraged for integration. Her Relational Psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic approaches she uses helps the people Melissa works with successfully change aspects of their personality as well as help with relationships and connection with self and others.

Melissa Ferrari offers a wide range of psychotherapy and counselling services in Sydney and deals with issues such as:    

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • addictions

  • separation and divorce

  • grief and loss

  • life transitions

  • parenting

  • obsessive compulsive behaviours

  • childhood trauma in adulthood

  • problems dealing with family members

  • dating advice and coaching

  • stress

  • recovery from an affair or infidelity

  • sex and sexuality issues


Melissa can help you achieve better self-understanding and change long-standing patterns of behaviour that may be disrupting your relationships, your well-being or work.

Weekday Fees:

Penrith - Individual Session $180.00 per 50 minutes (including GST)

Pyrmont - Individual Session $195.00 per 50 minutes (including GST).

Weekend Fees:

Penrith - Individual Session $210.00 per 50 minutes (including GST)

Pyrmont - Individual Session $225.00 per 50 minutes (including GST).

Stressed Woman
“With Melissa’s help this process has taught me how to stand up for myself in my personal and professional life. It has improved my relationships with my kids. My kids have mentioned I am calmer, more approachable and its opened up our lines of communication. My parents say ‘They have their daughter back. My relationship with myself has changed heaps; I learnt it’s ok to be me.”


Psychotherapy Client with Melissa - 49 Years Old

Zoom Online Sessions

Professional, ethical and empathic counselling and psychotherapy in the privacy of your own home or office with Melissa. Melissa is accredited in offering counselling and psychotherapy online.

Counselling through Zoom online Sessions - Couples or Individuals   


Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy Session $195.00 (inc. GST) (50 minutes) - Weekdays only.


Couple Counselling Session $265.00 per 60 minutes (inc. GST). - These sessions are couple therapy. First session it is recommended to book 2 hours. Weekdays only. Excellent way to do some pre-marriage counselling to create safety and security in your life together for a marriage that stands through testing times.

Testimonials on this website are true and authentic. Names have been changed to meet confidentiality agreements. All testimonials have been approved by the people who wrote them for use on this site.


48 hours notice required for all cancellations or full fee is charged.