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Precision therapy for self-refinement

Online therapy sessions Australia-wide


Some of the main contributors to unhappiness, ill-health, and inconsistent performance, are emotional stress and anxiety. Of course, there a wider range of factors within the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of people which interrelate with our health and wellbeing, yet emotional stress and anxiety can take a typically healthy person and quickly impact their life.
The Golden Couch offers support through evidence-based processes within psychotherapeutic sessions, relevant to each client/patient.

My name is Philippa Fulstow, and I am the founder & director of The Golden Couch. The Golden Couch is one of my businesses which sits within a larger system called: Progressive Thinking & Development. Progressive Thinking & Development opened in 2020. To cater specifically for psychotherapeutic sessions, I started The Golden Couch brand in 2021.

I have over 25 years of professional experience in the measurement and understanding of human behaviour, and how it relates to our careers, relationships and health. Utilising psychotherapeutic techniques, assessment, conversation, education and problem-solving, I collaborate
with my clients while supporting their unique process of personal development or professional improvement.

My professional and clinical approach to helping people is specific to each client/patient. I select methods most suited to their challenge(s) at the time, with the view of helping them achieve as many long term benefits as we can achieve given the situation. Some of the tools I utilise include a range of mind-body techniques, cognitive style techniques, talk therapy, and others. I have been professionally conducting therapy sessions since 2018 and each year I keep adding to my skillset. 

For more information on psychotherapy, mental health & physical health conditions, and how therapy works, please take a look below at the frequently asked questions section. Please also visit  the articles page. We create regular posts about therapy-related topics for our site visitors to read.


Frequently asked questions

What is psychotherapy?

The term ‘psychotherapy‘ originates from Ancient Greek language: psyche (ψυχή meaning “breath; spirit; soul”) and therapeia (θεραπεία “healing; medical treatment”). Nowadays, the dictionaries use definitions, such as: the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means (Oxford Dictionary). See article: What is psychotherapy? 

I like to define psychotherapy as a wide variety of methods to help process emotional problems which can then influence mental, physical and spiritual improvement, which in turn can help overall health and wellbeing. Emotional problems can cause blockages in energy, and can even cause adverse health conditions in the form and function of the physical body.

What can we expect therapy sessions to be like?

Psychotherapy sessions are designed to help us learn and change in order to develop more self-awareness, self-control, and reduce the likelihood of continuing negative behaviours that damage our lives. Typically, it takes time and effort to improve ourselves and our circumstances. If we don’t start and keep trying, even when it is uncomfortable, then we may miss out on the beauty of what the journey through exploring our own potential has to offer. Psychotherapy can help reduce both symptoms and the duration of suffering in various cases.

Sessions can provide the opportunity to have structured processes around dealing with thoughts, feelings and emotions. Usually the patient can talk about their problem(s) and some techniques don’t require much talking at all, and still reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions.

It is common for patients to embark on therapy for an issue and find other issues arise that they didn’t know they had, or previously thought were not really a cause of concern. It is the nature of personal growth.

Online therapy is conducted via Zoom. It is helpful when clients/patients are unable to attend face-to-face therapy in person. Face-to-face therapy with The Golden Couch psychotherapist can be offered in some circumstances and at this time is only available in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

How many sessions are required to overcome specific problems?

Everyone is unique. People deal with things differently to one another, and it depends on the type of problem the client/patient is experiencing to how long it will take to deal with. One person might be traumatised by an event, while another isn’t as affected by the same thing.

An effective therapeutic relationship consists of a suitably qualified and experienced therapist, along with a client/patient who truly wants to improve, or feels it is time to move towards happier days. Some problems might seem small and others so overwhelming that we think it could be years before we might feel better. In any case, the struggle is relevant to the individual and the choice is up to the person experiencing the discomfort to see a therapist as a means of resolving their concerns.
Not everyone who uses psychotherapy has a mental health condition, while some people are using medication to manage their mental or physical health. Every person is unique, yet not alone in going through tough times.

How do we know when it is a good idea to see a Psychotherapist?

Listed below are a few situations where it is useful to attend sessions:

• You feel overwhelmed, helplessness and a sense of sadness for a prolonged period of time;
• Your problems don’t seem to resolve, even if/though you have help from family and friends;
• You cannot concentrate on work, study, or a variety of other usual everyday activities;
• You excessively worry, are often feeling on edge or you might even constantly expect the worst in situations;
• You get stressed and cannot seem to resolve the tension, or it returns often and easily.

See article: How does a person know they need therapy?

Which type of scenarios can psychotherapy help you get through?

There are many circumstances that therapy helps with, and here are a few:

• You have been diagnosed with a physical health condition and are experiencing emotions like fear, worry or anxiety, related to your health condition, the treatment plan/process, or potential outcomes related to the condition;
• You have career changes that are causing you to feel lost, confused, unhappy, stressed or anxious;
• Relationship changes with family, friends, colleagues, or a partner;
• You have one or more life events that create distress, grief, fear, anxiety or feelings of worthlessness.

See article: How does a person know they need therapy?

What is the process to decide if this is for you?

The next step is to book in a free 15-minute call with me, so we can have a brief virtual meet-and-greet. It is normally over the phone.
Psychotherapy needs to be the right therapy for your situation and you also need to make sure you feel comfortable to make the decision on how you want to approach your concerns.

During our call, you’ll have time to briefly share a bit about what you want to deal with. We can look at options that suit your situation so you can decide what you want to do. It’s not a sales call, and it is not a therapy session. It is an introduction.