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Mr Steven Dromgool

Mr Steven Dromgool

Mobile 0432 922 653
Relationship Therapist, Counsellor

Relate Relationship Therapy

Mobile 0432 922 653

Do you want an awesome relationship? My goal is to enable you to create love that lasts so that you can live a richer, happier life. We all know, and research confirms that the single biggest factor affecting our health and longevity is the quality of our personal relationships. I will help you to rekindle your passion, restore connection and have good communication with your partner. Even if right now, all seems lost – together we can work to recover and heal your relationship.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Dymocks Building, Online and Home Visits, Sydney, NSW 2000 0432 922 653 PHONE 0432 922 653
  • Glenbrook, Blue Mountains NSW 2773 PHONE 0432 922 653 0432 922 653

Services

  • Counselling, Couples Therapy, Home Visits, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Online Video Consultations 
  • Steven has over 20 years experience in couples therapy and counselling. He is currently doing online video appointments and home visits. He also creates and provides educational resources to clients, such as the online relationship course for couples, 'Love in a Time of Covid'. Steven is the Director of Relate Relationship Therapy, and conducts professional training for counsellors wanting to become specialist couples therapists.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Autism / Aspergers, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Custody and Access, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Family / Parenting, Pre-marital Counselling, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Imago Relationship, Mindfulness

    Steven’s approach as a relationship counsellor is to empower couples with tools to communicate effectively so that they can feel safe, loved and desired. He has a special interest in working with clients to prepare for marriage and to restore lost connection. Steven also runs full day and multi-day intensive therapy sessions.

    The methods Steven uses combine practical guidance and coaching in a warm and safe environment, along with teaching the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of building love.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters of Counselling - 2002 - Massey University, NZ
    • Advanced Imago Relationship Clinician - 2014 - Imago Relationships International

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    Commitment to evidence-based practice
    Adhering to ACA ethical guidelines
    Steven maintains professional development regularly, he is extending his training in both the Development Model of Relationship Therapy and the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy with Stan Tatkin.

    Background

    Steven has been working in couples' therapy for over 20 years in NZ and recently moved to Sydney, due to Covid-19. He has trained around the world under relationship experts including Harville Hendrix, John and Julia Gottman, Stan Tatkin, Maya Kollman, Ellen and Peter Bader-Pearson. He has been actively involved in promoting and linking therapeutic and brain science insights to produce more powerful and integrated connection solutions. Steven is an Advanced Imago Clinician, has completed level 2 and 3 training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy and Gottman Method respectively, and was the Senior Clinical Instructor on the International Faculty of the Relational Path Institute.

    Appointments

    Monday - Friday for shorter appointments
    Weekends for intensives and with Relate Interns.

    Transport and Parking

    Online appointments

    Fees

    Individual sessions are $225 for 50 mins, and couples sessions are $350 for 80 mins. Longer sessions and intensives are available and all bookings can be made immediately online. Members of Relate's Intern team offer counselling from $40-60.

    Payment Options

    Online booking and payment on Relate Relationship Therapy website with Visa, Mastercard or other credit card.



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    10 Questions with Steven Dromgool

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

    • I went into therapy because of a desire to make a positive difference in the world and doubting I had the patience to make it as a high school teacher. I moved into specialising in couples therapy out of a desire to understand the struggles I was having to succeed in my relationships and the clear indications in the research that the quality of our personal relationships determined our happiness in life.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I was raised in a Irish Catholic household and I have no doubt that contributed to the values I place on contributing to society. I would say my strongest recent influences have been the work of Martin Buber, a German Jewish philosopher writing in the aftermath of the second world war and seeking to understand and articulate how a society could turn on each other. He writes of a Jewish belief that human's all carry a unique aspect of the face of God and when we encounter one another with an open heart - he calls it an I-Thou encounter - that in that place we encounter the divine.

      I have been privileged to see an experience this many times personally and when couples turn and begin to listen deeply - this encounter is at the centre of the way that I work.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I'm fascinated with how couples meet, choose and fall in love. I'm passionate about helping men have deep, emotionally connected, sexually fulfilling relationships with their partners, and safe, tender, secure relationships with their kids. I'm excited about helping women understand their men - because we are a lot more complex and wonderful than we let on. I'm also interested in love throughout the lifespan but the most fun I ever have is with new relationships - it's such a pleasure and joy to help couples start out right and avoid years of unnecessary pain.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I'm trained in 5 different approaches to working with couples and train other therapists in the integrated approach we developed from that. In essence I am focussed on goals and enhancing connection. From a couple or individual seeing me I want to know what they want to achieve and then I want to know where they are succeeding and what is not working. From their I have a testing laboratory approach where I will coach and support and lead and encourage and observe couples with a focus on is this making it better. Along the way I'll teach you about relevant bits of research and tips and tricks from other couples, I'll give you home practice opportunities and step by step you will learn how to succeed in creating a deep, stable, loving connection until you don't need me anymore and I'll say goodbye and invite you to check in with me in 6-12 months to check that you are still on track.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • My goal is that in the first session a couple will feel like they experienced each other in a different way. In the first month the couple should be competent at dialoguing deeply and safely in the office. In 3 months they should have a range of very successful tools to help them stay connected in dialogue outside the office. The exceptions to this typically occur where there is significant trauma in which case the process often takes longer to assimilate outside the office. Trauma is normally identified in the first 2-3 weeks.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Has it? I feel amazingly lucky to have the trust of my clients and to be able to help people fall in love again in my office everyday. It also helps me see the impact of loving/ and unloving behaviour over time and that is a good impetus to me to want to repair breaches fast, show up in connection and to tell my wife and kids every day that I love them and I treasure them. Basically I think it's helped me stay more connected.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I said this one before - seeing couples fall in love again is AMAZING.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • I don't have enough hair for that fortunately. But I definitely notice when I am not connected well with my family it's harder to feel in my integrity. On the flip side I think it also builds my compassion for myself and my clients so it's all a learning process and a reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship - just a committed one.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • What an awesome question - it's the reason I'm a relationship therapist. I believe our biggest issue is disconnection - we were not meant to be alone - it breaks our heart and violates our humanity.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I'm privileged to know an amazing artist who taught to see the skyscapes and be reminded of beauty and hope. You can check her work out here https://mobile.facebook.com/corinneloxtonartist/photos/pb.1444659372447474.-2207520000../2725640514349347/?type=3
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    Mr Steven Dromgool

    Steven Dromgool

    Relationship Therapist, Counsellor

    Steven is a specialist relationship therapist, with nearly 2 decades of experience. He helps couples to restore marital connection, create strong communication patterns and de-escalate conflict. Steven also works specifically with Aspergers couples and doing pre-marital preparation or new relationship counselling. He has a MACouns and is trained in 5 specialist approaches to couples’ therapy, including Imago, Gottman, EFT, PACT and HEART. He is available online and on weekends for intensives....

    • Sydney, Glenbrook
    • ACT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Imago Relationship, Mindfulness