I am a relationship coach, relationship counsellor, relationship therapist, and accredited sex therapist. I specialize in relationship issues for singles and couples. I have worked with heterosexual as well as LGBTQI+ people for decades and am competent in working with many sex and sexuality issues in psychotherapy. Scroll down this page to see my qualifications.
My greatest passion is helping individuals and couples to create healthy, successful relationships. Since 1981 I have provided relationship counselling and couples therapy to people who have struggled with painful relationship issues. I’m a specialized and expertly trained couples therapist working for your best interests.
I know that relationships are challenging
Yet I believe in, and have witnessed, huge growth in the couples I’ve worked with. At Successful Relationships, my husband Simon Mundy and I focus on helping people achieve real happiness so you can thrive, build stronger families and become caring role models for your children. Using a “nuts and bolts” approach based on 40 years of research on what actually makes couples happy, premature and unnecessary separation can be prevented.
It has been my privilege to witness the transformations of many clients as they break their destructive patterns to form relationships that are based on honesty, respect, integrity and trust. As a relationship coach I can teach you research-based skills to help regain true intimacy, fun and passion in your relationship.
I have many ways to help you
I know many ways to help resolve conflict and negotiate solutions that satisfy both you and your partner. Over the thirty years I’ve been in practice I’ve been able to help thousands of couples regain closeness.
Communication breakdowns, intimacy issues, sexual desire and infidelity are the most frequent issues that couples come to see me about. You don’t have to struggle alone to cope with your relationship issues. At Successful Relationships we help you solve your current problems as well as giving you a set of skills and tools that will last a lifetime. As a relationship counsellor, relationship therapist, relationship coach and accredited sex therapist I have many skills & tools to help you find solutions to your problems.
As a supervisor, my aim is to help you develop your own unique perspectives and approaches in your clinical and professional work, to enhance the service you provide for your clients as well as your personal wellbeing.
In my role as relationship coach, I provide relationship counselling; couples/marriage counselling for heterosexual, same sex and non-binary couples; relationship coaching; sex therapy and clinical supervision online and service the following areas: Penrith, Glenbrook, Blaxland, Springwood, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook, Lawson, Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Mt. Victoria, NSW. I also conduct private couples intensive retreats in Faulconbridge & Sydney CBD, NSW.
In all my roles, my goal is to eventually become redundant by helping you develop the skills to behave in line with your personal values and effectively cope with life’s challenges. My greatest happiness is to hear you say “Thank you, you’ve helped a lot. I now know that I can do this on my own. I’ll call you if I need a top-up session.”
Accredited Professional Sex Therapist – Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers & Therapists (ASSERT No. 121)
Verified Member – Good Therapy Australia (Good Therapy Australia)
Member International Center for Clinical Excellence – (ICCE)
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. Trainers – Dr. James Gordon MD, Amy Shinal MSW, Kathleen Farah MD, Linda Richtsmeier Cyr PhD .
Webinar training with Dr. Esther Perel – Rekindling Desire.
Webinar trainings (6 in total) in sex therapy with Dr. Marty Klein.
Master of Counselling, University of Western Sydney.
Bachelor of Arts degree, University of NSW, (Sociology and History).
Coaching & Teaching Qualifications
MBSR Palouse Mindfulness – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trainer Dave Potter.
Certificate to Teach Cultivating Emotional Balance, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training. Trainers Dr. B. Alan Wallace, Dr. Paul Ekman & Dr. Eve Ekman.
Educator at University of Canberra (UC), Canberra, 2008-2009.
Educator at Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney, 2005-2011.
Graduate Certificate Coaching Skills for Psychotherapists, Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney.
PACFA Accredited supervisor (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision, University of Canberra, Canberra.
Attend regular supervision as required by PACFA Code of Ethics (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
Certificate Supervision Training for Practicing Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Certificate of Attendance in Emotionally Focused Supervision, Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Therapeutic approaches within the integral framework I use include:
- Cognitive-behavioral (CBT)
- Trauma-informed treatment
As a relationship counsellor, relationship therapist, relationship coach, accredited sex therapist, I also have training in Jungian therapy, Psychosynthesis, stress management using yoga and meditation, and in the psychotherapeutic principles of Buddhism.
From 1981-1986 I was employed by the Department of Health as a naturopath/counsellor/crisis and group worker, working in a women’s refuge and in Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre. Since 1987 I have been in private practice as an individual and relationship coach, counsellor & therapist, as well as being committed to my own personal development through continuing studies, personal work and applying an integral approach to my own self-care.
You deserve the best trained relationship counsellor, relationship therapist, relationship coach, and accredited sex therapist if you’re planning to invest time and money in your relationship. If you’re not ready to book an appointment, call us on 0421 961 687 to book a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to discuss how we may be able to assist you. For clinical supervision enquiries, call 0421 961 687 to book a FREE 15 minute phone call to see whether I may be a good fit for you.
Vivian Baruch provides relationship counselling, marriage counselling, relationship coaching and sex therapy online and services the following areas: Penrith, Glenbrook, Blaxland, Springwood, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook, Lawson, Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Mt. Victoria, NSW. She also conducts couples intensive retreats in Faulconbridge & Sydney CBD, NSW.