Building stronger relationships

Family Mediator Anne Karslake. (Joe Mastroianni).

Carole Levy

Relationship Matters, a not-for-profit organisation that’s been supporting Victorians for more than 70 years, supports families and individuals with relationship issues, offering a whole suite of services in Wyndham and Geelong.

Services include counselling, family therapy, mediation and relationship education, with clients now able to access services via Telehealth so they don’t have to travel.

Archana Bhat, western region manager, says the Relationship Matters’ team sees people from many different backgrounds who face a multitude of relationship issues.

“Even in the best of times, people going through tough periods need support,” says Archana, “and COVID-19 has made things even harder in many cases – for adults and children.

“We encourage anyone experiencing relationship difficulties to seek support early. If we can help them strengthen their relationships, it means they’ll have better mental health, and more resilience to face other challenges – such as lockdowns.”

The team at Relationship Matters is highly trained in family therapy, Gottman’s relationship counselling and child counselling. No matter what relationship issues a person faces, they are met with professionalism, compassion and a focus on positive outcomes.


Once a client’s needs are identified, they are matched with a service that will maximise benefits for them. All appointments take place in a safe and confidential space.

If a client has a Health Care Card, the fees will be lower. For others, the fees are based on a sliding scale depending on income.

Relationship Matters Wyndham, 1 Johnson Avenue, Hoppers Crossing. Inquiries: 1300 543 396 or visit