Catherine Lally

Catherine Lally – Counselling Psychologist / Director

Catherine’s Work as a Therapist

Catherine feels honoured to be a psychologist who supports individuals and couples experiencing difficulties in their lives and relationships.

In addition to her psychology training and expertise, Catherine learned through personal experience that negative patterns in relationships often get worse over time, unless you work to develop less reactive and more positive ways of relating.

Catherine enjoys the richness of the relationships she develops with her clients and finds it rewarding to see them overcome their problems and create better lives and relationships for themselves.

As a relationship counsellor, Catherine provides a balance between deep empathy and intellectual and analytical understanding. She goes beyond helping individuals and couples solve the “surface” relationship problems they bring to therapy.

She helps couples deepen their connection and commitment to each other, while providing skills for conflict resolution that will stress-proof their relationship for the future. Catherine’s ultimate goal is to help individuals create more rewarding relationships.

Catherine also has a particular interest in the treatment of trauma and the impact of early experiences on adult functioning and relationships. She participates in ongoing professional development in the treatment of trauma.

Catherine is bilingual (English and German).

Experience and Training as a Psychologist

 Catherine has been in private practice since 2002 helping people overcome anxiety, depression, the impact of trauma, and relationship problems.

Over the last 10 years she has participated extensively in couples therapy training provided by a multitude of leaders in the field.

She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) one of the most effective methods of couples therapy. EFT has been shown to help 70-75% of unhappy couples recover and 90% improve their relationship significantly.

Catherine also has training in Relationship Life Therapy (RLT), another leading method of therapy helping people have better relationships.

Another method of therapy Catherine uses in her practice is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that has been used to treat a range of problems including depression, anxiety, and relationship struggles.

ACT helps you be more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so you can make better choices about your life.

Therapy Credentials and Professional Memberships

BA (Hons), Australian National University; Literature

MA, University of Cologne; Literature

Postgrad. Dip. Appl. Psych, Monash University

M-Psych (Counselling), Monash University

M-Crim (Forensic Psychology), University of Melbourne

Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of College of Counselling Psychologists

Catherine enjoys the company of her adult children and loves being a grandmother.

Catherine has a solid academic background and extensive personal and professional experience to help you achieve the relationship that you want.

You can book an appointment with Catherine by contacting her at 1300784184 or emailing her at catherine@couplesmelbourne.com