Couple and Family Counsellor
Cherie specialises in family and relationship counselling in the areas of anxiety, grief, life transitions, separations, trauma, child behaviour and complex adolescent issues.
Cherie is a reflective, insightful therapist. She is fair and supportive, and works hard to help her clients find solutions. Clients say Cherie is gentle but firm when she needs to be and they feel safe with her.
Cherie brings years of experience to her clinical practice. She has a particular professional interest in blended families, foster/adopted families, rainbow families, single parents, and those with teenagers presenting with worrying behaviours such as self-harm, suicide ideation, eating disorders, gaming/social media addictions, and mental health diagnoses.
She has extensive experience with child access and Family Court matters.
“People are often anxious about what is going to be discussed or revealed in therapy sessions. That’s completely understandable. Please know that it’s my job to provide the necessary structure to ensure safety and respect throughout the sessions. Therapy is not about laying blame. It’s about bringing information out into the open and being able to see it differently. With the right support, you can move through what might feel ‘stuck’ right now; you can experience your relationships differently.”.
Families and couples who come to see Cherie can expect to leave sessions with a deeper understanding of relationship dynamics, tools to improve communication and the confidence to move forward.
Qualifications and Professional Membership
Cherie holds a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling (WSU), a Diploma in Counselling (WSU) and a Bachelor degree in Communications (CSU).
She is an accredited group facilitator for the Melbourne University’s Tuning into Teens parenting program, and the Jacaranda Project for adult survivors of child abuse. Cherie is a committee member of the Children and Adolescent Sexual Assault Counsellors’ network and was a former editor of Breaking Free – the monthly newsletter of the Blue Knot Foundation, the peak body supporting survivors with complex trauma.
Cherie is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
“We saw a number of psychologists and they all wanted to pathologise our daughter — calling her resistant and disordered. Cherie was different. She listened and validated us. She guided us as a family to speak in new ways and express our needs. We feel like we’ve got our daughter back.” Susan (48) mother to two teenage daughters aged 13 and 17, and dad Leon (53) who saw Cherie Marriott for family therapy.
“Our family fights could get pretty heated but this didn’t seem to faze Cherie. She stayed calm and stepped in to cool things down. Everyone felt heard. In the end, something just changed and we stopped spinning our wheels. I think it was Cherie’s belief in our strengths that made all the difference.” David (47) father of two children and step-dad to 15-year-old son Josh, and Josh’s mum Lucy (45) who saw Cherie Marriott for blended family work.