Counselling throughout the Relationship Cycle


Glasser Australia the home of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in Australia, is excited to offer a valuable learning opportunity for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Kim Olver (M. Counselling, Nationally Certified Counsellor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor) is a highly experienced counsellor from Chicago. She is a passionate advocate for Choice Theory with more than 30 years’ experience teaching the ideas around the world. Find out more about Kim at

This workshop will run from 1.30pm  – 5.00pm

Location: Southbank, Qld

Counselling throughout the Relationship Cycle

One of a human’s most basic, biological drives is the need for love and belonging. Intimate relationships are in integral part of fulfilling this need and we get no training for it. We watch our parents, if they are in relationships, for cues on how to travel our lives beside another person but if they were poor role models, how does anyone learn how to be successful in maintaining healthy relationships? This workshop lays out the Relationship Cycle from the Alone Stage between relationships, to the Getting Together Stage, to the Compatibility Stage, to the Maintenance Stage and back again to the Alone Stage navigating grief and loss. Learn the tasks of each stage and the role of the counsellor in helping their clients navigate these stages.


This workshop is geared toward anyone who works with couples to develop and maintain healthy relationships: psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, and social workers .


Participants will:

  • Evaluate the stages of the Relationship Cycle
  • Analyse the goals of each stage.
  • Compare and contrast the tasks of therapy during each stage.
  • Interpret the dance of sex and romance.
  • Examine the role expectations play in relationship distress.
  • Discuss the Platinum Rule®.
  • Break down the mystery of problem ownership.
  • Apply a technique to turn a conflict into appreciation.
  • Evaluate the Five Love Languages.
  • Describe Choice Theory’s five basic needs.
  • Demonstrate how to teach negotiation skills.
  • Generate at least ten purposes of grief.
  • Develop balance in difficult situations.
  • List characteristics of happy couples.