Cherry Louey

Couples therapist

Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Specialist Course in Couple Counselling

Pronouns: She/her

Three beliefs that colour the way I work with my clients:

I believe…

When couples take the step to seek couple counselling, they are suffering. Their pain may have many forms: sharp (like the loss of a loved one or separation), intense (from affairs or secrets), dull (from a loss of joy or the loss of physical intimacy), nagging (from losing connection with each other over time), and/or widespread (such as adjusting to life transitions).

I believe…

That my relationship with my clients helps to create ‘an island of safety’ for them to learn more about themselves and each other. In this way some painful but not-so-obvious issues from their past and present can be attended to and worked through together.

I believe…

That simply taking the first step in your therapeutic journey shows the hope, strength and courage needed to achieve your best outcome.

Get to know me

My secret talent:
Chatting! So much so, that I’ve made my profession out of it! When I’m deep in conversation with someone, whether at work or in my personal life, that’s when I feel most alive.

What’s it like to be in a room with me?
I’m a down to earth, warm and curious person. I think my clients can sense that I’m not here to judge. I’m here to truly listen and to help them get their head and heart around what’s going on so that we can find a way through together.

What’s my non-negotiable when it comes to taking care of my own mental health?
Of all the things I do to take care of myself, seeing my therapist is my non-negotiable. Having a space where I can regularly check-in with myself, while feeling understood and accepted, warts-and-all, is the best medicine there is.

My life motto:
Two actually…
“It is okay not to be feeling okay”, and,
“Healing is possible when love and care are in the mix.”

My background and experience

I have been a Social Worker/Counsellor for 32 years, and 20 of that I have also been a Clinical Family Therapist. I completed further training in couple counselling at Relationship Australia in 1997.

Most of my career has been in the health and community sectors in a range of areas including sexual assault, mental health (hospital and community mental health), community health and problem gambling. I have provided short, medium and long term counselling and therapy to individuals, couples and families.

As a private practitioner over the last 17 years, I have provided clinical supervision for new and experienced therapists, long term psychotherapy for individual clients, and worked extensively with couples.

I am a LGBTQIA+ aware and affirmative clinician.

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I can help you with:

  • A polarised relationship, such as when one party wants to continue the relationship when the other wants to end
  • Addictions (Problem gambling and alcohol and other drugs)
  • Adoption
  • Affairs
  • Communication difficulties and what might be underneath you and your partner’s inability to communicate more effectively
  • Culturally diverse couples
  • Fertility
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions and disruptions
  • Same sex couples
  • Separation and divorce
  • Step- and blended families
  • Trauma

My therapeutic approaches

Depending on my client’s needs and preferences I use a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

  • Analytic (Jungian) framework
  • Mindfulness principles
  • Psychodynamics framework
  • Systemic therapy
  • Trauma informed practice

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