Case Studies

I believe that real-life stories and experiences can offer valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs of relationships. On this page, I’ve shared some of the most impactful case studies from my counselling sessions to illustrate how I’ve helped couples overcome a variety of issues and achieve healthier, happier relationships. Each case study showcases my approach to counseling, and how I’ve customised my strategies to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. I hope these case studies inspire you and offer some guidance on your own relationship journey. 

Overcoming Broken Trust in a Long Term Marriage

Overcoming Anxiety & Moving Forward

Overcoming the Challenges for a FIFO Family

Reconnecting Family and Rebuilding Hurt Relationships

Case Study: Overcoming Infidelity and Rebuilding Trust in a Long-term Relationship

This is the inspiring story of a couple in their 50s who had been together for almost two decades but were not married. The woman discovered that her husband had been unfaithful, which shattered their trust and left them both feeling hurt and lost.

In their quest to salvage their relationship, they sought professional help, and that’s when they came to me. They were both committed to the process of healing and forgiving each other and themselves, and they were open to exploring ways to reconnect and build a stronger, more fulfilling relationship.

 

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During our sessions, we delved into their past and their pain, looking for the root causes of the infidelity and the trust issues that had developed over time. We worked together to identify patterns and behaviors that were harmful to their relationship and find ways to replace them with healthy, positive habits.

Over time, the changes were noticeable. They became more self-aware, understanding their own triggers and vulnerabilities, as well as those of their partner. They learned how to communicate more effectively, to express their needs and feelings in a constructive way, and to listen to each other with empathy and compassion.

As they worked through their issues, they discovered a deeper level of connection and intimacy that they had not experienced before. They learned to prioritize their relationship and put each other first, recognizing the importance of nurturing their bond and their love for each other.

After many months of hard work and dedication, this couple emerged stronger and more committed than ever before. They decided to take their relationship to the next level and got married, marking a new chapter in their journey together.

Their story is a testament to the power of healing and forgiveness, to the resilience of the human spirit, and to the transformative potential of relationship counselling. If you are facing similar challenges in your relationship, know that there is hope, and that with the right support, you too can overcome your obstacles and create a happy, healthy, and loving partnership.

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Case Study: Overcoming Anxiety and Building a Healthy Mindset

I vividly remember working with a young woman in her 20s who sought my help because her anxiety was impacting her relationships and her daily life. Despite her beauty and intelligence, she struggled to manage her emotions in a healthy way, and she knew she needed support to break free from her anxiety.

I was eager to work with her, knowing that with the right guidance and tools, she could rewire her brain and develop new, healthier habits that would benefit her and her loved ones. We worked together to explore her past traumas and experiences, some dating back to her childhood, and others more recent.

 

We focused on helping her understand how her past conditioning and negative self-talk were contributing to her anxiety and how she could begin to challenge those patterns and replace them with positive, empowering beliefs.

Over time, she began to transform before my eyes. She learned to identify triggers and managed her emotions before they took control. The anxiety that had once controlled her began to diminish, and she gained the ability to recognize it, allowing her to take control of her thoughts and feelings.

As she implemented the tools and strategies we had discussed in our sessions, she began to feel more at peace and confident in herself. Months passed, and when we caught up again, I was amazed by how much she had grown and changed. She was no longer held back by past hurts and negative conditioning, and she had developed a healthy mindset that allowed her to tackle any challenges that came her way.

Her journey is a testament to the power of self-reflection, mindfulness, and therapeutic support. If you are struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges, know that you are not alone, and that there is hope for healing and transformation. With the right guidance and tools, you too can overcome your obstacles and build a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Case Study: Overcoming the Challenges of a Fifo Relationship, for the whole Family.

Last year, I had the privilege of working with a couple in their 30s who were struggling to balance their FIFO work life with their family responsibilities. The couple had two young children, aged two and four, and were finding it challenging to maintain their relationship and communication while dealing with the stress of being apart for long periods of time.

During our initial discovery call, the husband shared how difficult it was to leave his family every swing and how lonely he often felt up there. Meanwhile, the wife expressed her challenges in handling everything by herself when her husband was away, as well as the complexity of readjusting when he returned home. Despite their love for each other, conflicts, arguments, lack of communication, and understanding were affecting their little family bubble.

 

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Feeling isolated and alone while away, the husband had turned to gambling as a way to escape his negative feelings. They knew they needed to find tools and strategies to make positive changes and reconnect in a more healthy and happy way.

We began their journey of self-awareness, healing past hurts, and learning how to become assertive and communicate effectively. As they gained new skills and insights, their vision for a better life started to take shape. When someone feels heard and understood, finds their purpose and inner direction, everything else starts to fall into place, and life becomes brighter.

Through our work together, they learned how to manage leaving and coming back in a healthier way and keep in touch at all levels so that their connection was no longer impacted by distance. They also found that implementing these new tools and skills in their parenting journey was essential, as their kids learned from watching Mum and Dad work together, rather than just hearing about it.

Today, the couple’s love is stronger than ever, and they have a newfound appreciation for the importance of implementing tools and strategies in their relationship. They have learned that love alone is not enough, and that the real work of evolving and growing together requires ongoing effort and commitment. With the skills and knowledge they have gained, they are now equipped to navigate any future challenges that may come their way, and continue to build a happier, healthier future together.

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Case Study: Reconnecting Family & Rebuilding Hurt Relationships

It is not uncommon for families to experience conflicts or challenges that they struggle to resolve on their own. They want to heal a rift but are not sure what steps to take. In some cases, an external person or mediator can be invaluable in helping to bring a family together.

A year or so ago, I had the opportunity of working with three adult brothers and their mother to repair their fractured relationship. Our work together took nearly a year, as we navigated the challenges of reuniting four busy individuals with their own lives and schedules.

 

The brothers and their mother had gone through periods of years without speaking or seeing each other, keeping the pain from past events affect their decisions and choices. They were not consciously aware of how this pain was affecting their decisions and choices, but it was clear that it was causing frequent arguments and conflicts in their relationships.

In addition to the impact on their own relationships, the fractured relationship between the three brothers and their mother was also having a significant impact on their individual families and even the grandchildren, whom had never met their grandmother.

The unresolved tension and conflicts were affecting their ability to connect with each other and their loved ones. They had become distant, uncommunicative, and emotionally unavailable, which was causing pain and stress for their families.

That’s the beauty of the brain. We have a subconscious mind that protects us by keeping your left over pain and suffering locked away and down deep. So you don’t consciously suffer from it day to day. Clever, isn’t it? The danger is because you don’t’ see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you or your relationships.

As we worked together to repair their relationship, we could see the positive impact it was having on their individual families. They were becoming more present, engaged, and connected with their loved ones, including the children. Even meeting at a family get-together to start building a new relationship.

The healing journey was slow and challenging, but the positive changes in their relationships were worth the effort. Today, they are better equipped to manage conflicts, communicate effectively, and build deeper connections with their loved ones.

At Perth Family Counselling, we began their journey by helping them understand how the brain works, how emotions and pain are stored, and how it affects their lives and relationships. By learning to become better listeners and communicators, they were able to heal past wounds and make meaningful progress in their journey to reconnect.

Throughout the process, we provided them with tools to support their healing journey and overcome their communication barriers. It was slow and powerful work, but as time passed, we began to see incredible shifts in their interactions and communication. Gone were the anger and resentment that had once plagued their relationships, replaced by a newfound understanding and appreciation for each other.

While the journey is far from over, it is inspiring to see how far the brothers and their mother have come in just one year. They are on the path to renewing their relationship and building a brighter, more connected future together.

It is a powerful reminder of how repairing one relationship can have a ripple effect on all other areas of our lives, and the importance of investing in our connections with others for a happier, healthier future.

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