Allyson Iriarte


Allyson Iriarte

Relationship and Couples Therapist

Allyson is a compassionate and results-driven Relationship and Couples Counsellor.

She loves the challenge of relationship work and believes that many couples end up in difficulty because they haven’t had the tools to address unresolved issues, fix unhealthy communication patterns and address emotional disconnection.

“We all have a unique world view, with specific thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values,” she says. “We expect partners to know and understand this view, but it doesn’t always happen. I see couples where the result is an unhealthy habit loop that might involve conflict, or one or both partners feeling misunderstood or emotionally shut down. The good news is that with support from a Couples Counsellor, couples absolutely can achieve greater understanding, connection, friendship and intimacy.”

Allyson has had extensive training in the Gottman method of working with couples and also draws from Systemic ideas and Solution Focused Therapy.

Allyson has particular expertise and skills in working with couples to reduce conflict, improve communication, and manage issues stemming from cultural differences.

She draws on substantial professional experience to support both couples and individuals through separation. Many people seek out Allyson to help them through a separation because she has been through a separation herself – and brings empathy and insight from that lived experience.

Allyson has years of experience working in both a private practice and agencies. She worked in Sydney and Singapore before coming to work at Sydney Couple and Family Specialists.  She speaks Spanish and is a single parent to two teenage boys.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Bachelor of Counselling – Applied College of Applied Psychology
Solution Focused Brief Therapy – Brief Therapy Institute Sydney
Certified Master Practitioner  NLP – Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) from the Worldwide Institute of NLP, Singapore.
Gottman Certificates – level 1 and 2
PACFA Clinical Member

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