Articles by Jacqueline McDiarmid, Coronavirus, Uncategorized

Couples Counselling and Family Counselling and Coronavirus

Many people (including myself) are understandably concerned about COVID-19 and how this will impact our ability to move around in the community.

At the Sydney Couple and Family Specialists we have put several measures in place to ensure that individuals, couples and families are safe when they visit our practice rooms.  

We are wiping down surfaces – including door handles and anything that another person may have touched – with disinfectant after each session.  

If you have flu/cold like symptoms, we ask that you email us and let us know.  We can then send you a link for Zoom (online conference video-calling that is free to you and easy to use) so we can conduct your session online.  

Please note you do not have to download Zoom to be part of this service.  We can also do phone sessions if you prefer this method of working.  We actually do a lot of our sessions via phone or videoconference, and clients find them easy and productive. 

If your Therapist is feeling unwell or has cold/flu-like symptoms of even a minor nature, we will email you to let you know and send you a Zoom link – unless we are too unwell to work.

It is very important that we all take responsibility to keep each other safe and well.

Wishing you all good health. Jacqueline and the team at Sydney Couple and Family Specialists.

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline has been in private practice for more than two decades, helping individuals, couples and families.  She has extensive experience in couple and family therapy and is considered a specialist in these areas. In her clinical practice, she has helped people deal with complex trauma, affairs, complex mental health issues, eating disorders, adolescent behavioural problems (including self-harm and suicidal ideation), behavioural issues in young children which are impacting parents and families, relationship issues and post-separation work.

Jacqueline works with many different dynamics: couples, parents, families with young children, same-sex couples, foster/adopted families, families with teenagers and also adult families.  She is particularly interested in helping parents of children with behavioural issues, or with diagnosed conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, ASD and so on.

Although Jacqueline’s work is supportive and friendly, she will challenge her couples and families to make the necessary behavioural changes, to repair relationships and to move towards healthier communication styles in the future.

Jacqueline’s style is direct and fast paced and she is known for quickly getting to the heart of the matter.  Clients report that they feel safe and understood with Jacqueline.

Qualifications and Professional Membership

Jacqueline has a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy (UNSW). She has a Bachelor degree in Counselling and Human Change, and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Jacqueline is a Clinical Supervisor for Counsellors and Therapists. She lectures in couple and family therapy at Masters and Post Graduate level, and is currently Head Lecturer for the Couple and Family Therapy course (Masters) at the Jansen Newman Institute.  She has been a Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and Sydney University, and continues to guest lecture at other tertiary institutions.

Jacqueline is also the Director of the Couple and Family Training Centre where she runs regular professional development workshops and seminars for Therapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Health Industry Workers who are looking to gain skills in this specialist area.

She is a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association of Australia and a Clinical Member of PACFA.

“Thank you for seeing me today. Your help with all our family issues and all your advice has been invaluable.
I don’t know how other families do it, without a Jacqueline in their lives.” – Anna (43) step-mum and mum to four children.

If you feel as though you could benefit from talking with a Therapist please contact  The Sydney Couple and Family Specialists on 02 8968 9397 or email

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