Couple and Family Counsellor
Cherie specialises in family and couples counselling in the areas of relationship conflict, grief, life transitions, separation and divorce, childhood trauma, and complex adolescent issues.
Cherie is a reflective and 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 comfortable with her.
Cherie brings years of couple and family experience to her clinical practice. She has a particular professional interest in blended families, foster/adopted families, rainbow families, and those with teenagers presenting with worrying behaviours such as self-harm, suicide ideation, gaming/social media addictions, and mental health diagnoses.
She has extensive experience with separated families around child access and Family Court matters.
“People are often anxious about attending therapy and that’s completely understandable. Please know it’s my job to provide a safe space to give everyone the chance to be fully heard and understood. I will encourage you to think about what you want your relationships to look like in the future, and together we will work towards these goals. With the right support, you can move through what might feel ‘stuck’ right now.”
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 also holds a certificate in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
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. In previous roles, Cherie was 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) and a member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).
“When we re-married and tried to bring our families together it got horribly messy and our son started acting out. Cherie helped us to see what was going on. She listened and validated us, and offered practical advice on how to be step-parents. We feel like we’re back on track.” David (47) father of two children and step-dad to 13-year-old son Josh, and Josh’s mum Lucy (44) who saw Cherie Marriott for blended family work.
“Our arguments could get pretty heated but this didn’t seem to faze Cherie. She stayed calm and stepped in to cool things down. 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.” Samantha (35) and Leon (34) who saw Cherie Marriott for couples counselling.