Services - Kristina Challands



Counselling and Psychotherapy

Kristina has experience working with a wide range of clients from adolescents to older adults, and across a diverse range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, coping with loss and adjustment, and people experiencing stress.

Life Coaching

Kristina also assists people with personal development, decision-making, problem-solving, and coaching, to help them live the rich, vibrant, meaningful lives they deserve.


Couples counselling

Kristina is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 2), an evidence based therapy backed by 40 years of research. Gottman Method Couples Therapy provides:

  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict.
  • Skills that empower partners to discuss their worst gridlocked issues.
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts.
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimise relapse.


The therapy begins with a thorough assessment over three sessions to understand your unique situation. Starting with a conjoint assessment session to understand the issues and how they have developed over time, couples then complete an online assessment (about 90 minutes each) in their own time. The results are sent to Kristina for analysis. This is followed by individual interviews with each partner. The final phase of the assessment is a detailed feedback session with collaborative planning for the intervention phase. At this stage we decide on the frequency and duration of the sessions.

Therapeutic interventions

The Gottman interventions are designed to assist couples develop skills to repair, rebuild and rejuvenate their relationship.

Key elements of the therapeutic process include repairing past hurts and replacing negative conflict patterns with positive interactions; building closeness and intimacy to deepen friendship and emotional connections; and developing new ways to support the relationship and each partner’s hopes and dreams.

Working with a Gottman trained therapist can help you learn the skills to build, manage and maintain your unique relationship.

Fees & Rebates

Please call to enquire regarding any individual requirements concerning fees. The scale below is guided by the Australian Psychological Society's schedule of recommended fees, however the charges are much lower.

You do not need a GP referral to book an appointment.

Medicare rebates are available for those who have obtained a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP. Such a plan entitles you to 6-10 sessions in a calendar year with a rebate of $84.80 per session.

Bulk billing may be arranged for clients on a MHCP and in financial distress. Please note that this must be discussed with Kristina before proceeding.  She will take into consideration your individual financial circumstances.

Standard consultation $130
Evening appointments $150
Couples consultation $170 (one hour)
Concessional appointment
(Pensioner or Healthcare card)
(Available between 10am and 3pm)

“If suffering is ubiquitous in life, the withdrawal from and avoidance of suffering is accordingly the withdrawal from and avoidance of life.”

Kelly G. Wilson