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Ms Vivian Baruch

Ms Vivian Baruch

Mobile 0421 961 687
Relationship Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Vivian Baruch

Mobile 0421 961 687

Become free of your pain. Get relationship & sex counselling that works based on 50 years of research. Relationship coaching for singles can help you develop happy & healthy relationships. Couples coaching can help you reconnect to the intimacy & love you once had. I have many tools to help you become connected whilst staying protected because I've worked with people from diverse backgrounds since 1981. I'm an accredited sex therapist with ASSERT & accredited clinical supervisor with PACFA.


  • St. Georges Cres, Faulconbridge, Blue Mountains NSW 2776 0421 961 687 PHONE 0421 961 687
  • Online, since 2010 for individuals, Online, since 2015 for couples, Online, NSW PHONE


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision, Online Video Consultations 
  • My greatest joy comes from helping you have happier & more successful relationships at home, at work & within your social connections. I openly discuss your expectations & goals to help you discover the best ways to deal with the challenges in your life. I help you harness your abilities & your preferred ideas of working to co-create a tailor-made treatment plan with you. Together we create a roadmap to help you steadily work towards your goals. Thirty years of meta-analytic studies show that you, the client, contribute 87% towards successful outcomes in therapy. You are hiring me to help you get where you want to go. Please read my page on Your Theory of Change for further details about my approach https://rb.gy/q5k84

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Divorce / Separation, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Intimacy Issues, Pre-marital Counselling, Relationship Issues, Sex Related Issues, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    EMDR, Experiential, Gottman Method, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Psychosexual, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed

    30 years of meta-analytic studies by Bruce Wampold https://rb.gy/4mnq4 shows that as long as a therapist provides a coherent, cogent & structured treatment which makes sense to the client, all models of therapy contribute less than 1% to the outcomes of therapy. The biggest contributor (87%) is the client & their supports outside of therapy. Next comes the therapist’s ability (4-9%) to create a working collaboration with the client & getting an agreement on their goals for therapy. The therapeutic approaches within the integrative framework I use include:
    * Psychodynamic
    * Humanistic/ Gestalt/ Experiential
    * Cognitive-behavioral
    * Somatic
    * Existential/Transpersonal.


    • Grad. Dip. Emotionally Focused Therapy - 2003 - Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy
    • Master of Counselling - 2004 - University of Western Sydney
    • Grad. Cert. Professional Supervision - 2008 - University of Canberra
    • Advanced Level Developmental Model of Couples Ther - 2013 - Couples Institute USA
    • Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy - 2015 - Gottman Institute USA
    • Aust Soc of Sex Educators, Researchers Therapists - 2017 - ASSERT

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists NSW
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Ongoing personal & professional development are essential to keep me informed and up to date with changes in the field of therapy. I have been in practice since 1981 & since 2004 have used Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT- https://rb.gy/kiyl9) with every client & supervisee. I am in regular supervision with FIT supervisors & have begun training to be a trainer in FIT. FIT is based on over thirty years of research by Scott D Miller, Bruce Wampold, John Norcross, Michael Lambert, Daryl Chow etc


    I worked as a naturopath/counsellor/crisis & group worker in a women's refuge & in Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre from 1981-1986. Since 1987 I have been in private practice & continued my personal development through study, personal work & using an integral approach to self-care. I am a registered therapist & supervisor with PACFA & am a certified sex therapist with ASSERT. I have supervised counsellors & psychotherapists for many years, was an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology & taught supervision at the University of Canberra. Many of my clients are counsellors, psychologists and social workers. They say I'm a "therapist's therapist" :)


    Thursdays & Saturdays. I also do 1 or 2 day Couples Intensive Retreats on Sundays & Mondays.

    Transport and Parking

    For my Faulconbridge, Blue Mountains practice, there is free parking at the property.


    $150 for 60 minutes for individuals, in-person or via Zoom.
    $275 for couples for 90 minutes.
    $190 for supervision for 60 minutes.
    There are no rebates from Medicare or private health insurance.

    Payment Options

    Payments can be made by direct credit into my bank account or via PayPal.

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    10 Questions with Vivian Baruch

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

    • I've had a life-long fascination with what makes people tick. Growing up in a dysfunctional family with a father who had PTSD/complex trauma, I've always searched for the ingredients of a successful relationship and family.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • For over 20 years I've focused on a Client Directed Outcome Informed approach devised by Scott D. Miller & Barry L. Duncan. This puts the client in the driver's seat of their therapy. My philosophy is that the client is hiring me here to help them tease out their theory of change. These are their own theories about their problems, how they developed and how to solve them. As an integrative therapist, I've been influenced by humanistic, Buddhist and Stoic philosophies, systems thinking and body-mind-spirit approaches to healing.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Integrating body, emotions, mind & spirit to enhance overall health & social wellbeing. I take a biopsychosocial spiritual approach to the human journey.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Since 2004 I've been using Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT https://rb.gy/kiyl9) which encourages the therapist to flexibly use any coherent, structured method which makes sense to the client. In reverse order of training, I use any of the models below, based on my client's feedback, to help them get where they want to go:

      -Level 1 Professional Training in Mind-Body Medicine – Integrating mind-body medicine into clinical practice, medical education & trauma healing. The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Trainer – Dr. James Gordon MD.

      -Level 1 Internal Family Systems – Centre for Self-Leadership. Trainer – Dr. Dick Schwartz.

      -Level 1 Training Relational Life Institute – Relational Life Institute. Trainer – Dr. Terry Real.

      -Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy – Institute for Relational Intimacy. Trainer – Martha Kauppi.

      -Level 1 and Level 2 – Completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy – The Gottman Institute. Trainers Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman.

      -Webinar training with Dr. Esther Perel – Rekindling Desire.

      -Webinar trainings (4 in total) in couples work with Dr. Terry Real and Dr. Esther Perel.

      -Webinar trainings (6 in total) in sex therapy with Dr. Marty Klein.

      -Webinar trainings (3 in total) in sex therapy with Dr. Tammy Nelson and Dr. Joe Kort.

      -Level 2 – Advanced Level, The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, The Couples Institute, California, USA. Trainers – Dr. Ellyn Bader & Dr. Peter Pearson.

      -Level 1 – The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, The Couples Institute, California, USA. Trainers- Dr. Ellyn Bader & Dr. Peter Pearson.

      -Level 1 Certificate PACT – a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, Sydney. Trainer Dr. Stan Tatkin.

      -Master of Counselling, University of Western Sydney.

      -Certificate of Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Institute – Colorado, USA. Trainers – Ken Wilber, Willow Pearson, Dr. Elliott Ingersoll, Dr. Jeff Soulen, Bert Parlee & Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter.

      -Graduate Diploma Emotionally Focused Therapy, Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sydney. Trainer – Michelle Webster.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • In the first few sessions they should see on their Outcome Rating Scale (https://rb.gy/q5k84) that they are on track towards feeling better. If by the 6th session there is no visible improvement, despite getting their written feedback at the end of every session about our work together, it's my responsibility have a deeper discussion. I explore with them what I'm not understanding about their issue & work with them to see how I need to adapt my approach to better suit their hopes for improvement.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Helping others achieve healing & find confidence & clarity in their life choices is my guiding purpose. Therapy provides a safe & structured way to offer compassion & find a deeper meaning behind the human suffering we all experience.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Same as for 6.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course. I'm human. That's where I'm given more of an opportunity to practice what I'm teaching.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Loss of meaning/purpose & disconnection from others.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • - "Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness" by Scott D. Miller, Mark A. Hubble, Daryl Chow.
      - "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. Pursue a life task, love with compassion & find the meaning in suffering.
      - "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. Work on our inside self first to build character & live by our values before we can be truly effective in helping others. It's not how we look, what we have & who we can impress.
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    Ms Vivian Baruch

    Vivian Baruch

    Relationship Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

    I am a relationship coach, counsellor and psychotherapist with over 30 years experience in helping people develop successful relationships. I work online and in the Blue Mountains, NSW 70kms outside of Sydney. I provide online coaching & clinical supervision anywhere in Australia & have many overseas clients. Since 1981 I have provided relationship coaching to help people resolve painful relationship issues. I do private couples intensive retreats & am also an accredited sex therapist....

    • Faulconbridge, Online
    • EMDR, Experiential, Gottman Method, Integrative, Internal Family Systems, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Psychosexual, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed