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Ms Philipa Thornton

Ms Philipa Thornton

Mobile 0434 559 011
Relationship Therapist, Psychologist

Marriage Works

Mobile 0434 559 011

Relationship counselling helps free you from hurtful cycles of pain. Singles gain healing insights for changing your relationship patterns of past failure. Couples counselling helps you reconnect to the love and hope which naturally brought you together.


  • 51/195 Avoca Street, Randwick, Sydney NSW 2031 0434 559 011 PHONE 0434 559 011
  • 17 Edgecliff Road, Bondi Junction, Sydney NSW 2022 PHONE 0411 144 646 0411 144 646


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • As trained relationship psychologists, we at Marriage Works know how Marriage Therapy and Relationship Counselling can help you to break free from unhappy and painful relationship patterns.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Communication Issues, Compulsive Spending, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Performance Anxiety, Phobias, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    EMDR, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Emotional Release, Imago Relationship, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory

    Imago Therapy Resource Therapy EMDR Family Systems Therapy Interpersonal Psychotherapy

    As a married couple We SPECIALIZE in relationships, and you get the additional benefits of top credentials and an experienced professional couple therapist. to live full and rich relationships that are life-enhancing, enduring, and rewarding. Working with us will allow you heal and grow together and have a new start to the rewarding relationship you deserve. We work with your both your stresses and strengths with real world practical tools, skills and strategies to get you to your best self. We offer care, empathy, neutrality and encouragement. We are real couple and know what you are facing! You don't have to do it alone.


    • Graduate Diploma Systemic Couple Therapy - 2008 - Relationships Australia
    • BA Psychology (Honours) - 2007 - University of Western Sydney
    • Graduate Diploma in Psychology - 2005 - University of Western Sydney
    • B.A. in Criminology - 1995 - Victoria University (NZ)

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors
    • Australian Psychological Society
    • EMDRAA

    Quality Provision

    The advantages of working with fully qualified psychologists who are registered with the Australian Psychology Board, the Australian Psychologist Association (APS), and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA) are considerable.
    Knowing you have a health professional who operates within a code of ethics, is consistently updating their skills, committed to excellence, and trusted to be backed by the Federal Government. gives you peace of mind.


    As field-proven Eastern Suburbs Psychologists with over 50 years of counselling training and experience in working with singles and couples on relationship issues, Philipa and Chris and possess the tools, techniques, and strategies that can help you discover insights and take action to change your love patterns.
    We will work with you to you move past negative and painful interactions and re-discover your love , passion and aliveness in ALL your relationships - self, family, work and love!


    Office hours and after hours by appointment.
    Book in now by calling me on 0434559011 or on our contact page on my website below.

    Transport and Parking

    Randwick : Our Randwick office is a 5 minute walk from a busy bus service. It easily accessible from the Bondi Junction or the city.
    Woollahra : Bondi Junction train station. and bus interchange
    All sites have free Street Parking available nearby.


    PLease call us on 0434559011 to talk about our current fees.

    Payment Options

    Direct Debit
    Electronic Funds Transfer
    PayPal for International Clients
    Medicare Rebate
    Private Health Insurance

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    10 Questions with Philipa Thornton

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Having worked for many years to become a licensed psychologist my values inspire me to be of service to others in a meaningful way.

      It's important to keep growing and learning.. This leads me to the helping field and specializing in trauma processing using EMDR, Tapping, and Parts Therapy Resource Therapy.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • All my mentors have been kind and supportive. I am influenced by the ideas of Foucalt, Jung. Freud and Watson. This means I believe in the past and our future, I am totally convinced we can be our own personal agents of change. We need the best circumstances, support, courage and opportunity to grow into the best we can be for ourselves and others on this planet.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • The whole lifespan is such a journey. As I work with couples I am drawn to our relationship life cycles. And within that there are bitter sweet beginnings and endings.
      I particularly working with parts therapies for people challenged by trauma, change and grief. I love helping couples to really see and 'get' each other.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • What is best for my clients desired change. I have found Resource Therapy to be invaluable for offering fast and effect results. Clients often report feeling lighter after a Resource Therapy session. It is simple and works so quickly I am often amazed. This is why I teach Resource Therapy to counselors, psychologists and other mental health professionals.
      It has easy to follow steps and these effectively target client's desired goals.
      I am also drawn to Solution focussed therapy, systemic ideas and Imago Couple Therapy.
      Imago dialogue has had a profound effect on my personal relationships and I believe it benefits couples immensely. Couples get to communicate both more effectively and deeply allowing for new or rediscovered connections and love.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Most likely in our first session. I think even having made the appointment offers a sense of relief, indeed clients often report this.
      I want to start helping someone immediately and I use Resource Therapy's powerful question to get my clients goals out in front for them to feel progress and direction in our time together. " What are you ready to change today?"
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • While I think I am a work in progress. I think both being a therapist and having my own therapy, I have personally benefited and like to believe I am a more informed, mature, kinder and wiser person as a result.
      I believe in authenticity and connection. I strive to live a decent life with my motto being to serve others.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I am a bit selfish, I like helping people. I truly get a genuine kick out of seeing persons sense of relief, them saying they feel better and how their lives are improved. through our work I love it when clients tell me they know and understand themselves and their actions and have choices.

      It warms my heart!
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • I am human and like anyone have my up and down day's. I think this helps me have greater empathy for others. On those days I give myself permission to take a break and take care of myself as best I can.
      I have at times struggled with both anxiety and depression and do my best to work through these issues, that is why I enjoy helping others as I personally know the benefit a good therapist has made in my life.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Loss of connection and community. Although we are part of the global village, I think there are so many of us out there feeling isolated behind a screen. We are social creatures and long for the interactions of others in close porximity.
      Don't get me wrong I love the internet, but there is nothing better than a hug from your lover, a soft work of kindness from a friend or a look of appreciation and a smile from another.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • So many. Recently it has been Lost Connections by Johann Hari. I loved he wrote about his personal journey with depression and what he thought was the leading cause. It is a well written book, with good research and some interesting ideas. I believe it offers new insights into depression and our human condition.
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    Ms Philipa Thornton

    Philipa Thornton

    Relationship Therapist, Psychologist

    You don't need to struggle alone with your pain and heartache. You weren't taught you how to have a happy and healthy relationship, so how would you know what to do?

    I have extensive experience in providing relationship and couples counselling to people who have struggled with relationship distress. Singles and Couples who are committed to changing painful patterns benefit quickly. Through relationship or couples counselling I will work with you getting past pain, getting the love you want!...

    • Randwick, Bondi Junction
    • EMDR, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Emotional Release, Imago Relationship, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Solution Oriented, Systems Theory