Skip to main content
About Changes Psychotherapy

Our Story

Marryam has worked in the community not-for-profit sector since 2005. Since 2009, this included working in forensic mental health and in-patient settings providing case management, counselling, group therapy and out-patient psychotherapy. On 1 January 2014 Changes Psychotherapy was founded as an extension of Marryam’s special interest in working with Complex Trauma and Couples. She has a client-centred, evidenced-based, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and systemic orientation and works within a bio-psycho-social, trauma-informed care model. 

Marryam Chehelnabi

Registered Clinical Psychotherapist

We are wired for connection and love.

We are wired for connection and love, but adverse or traumatic experiences disconnect us from ourselves and disrupt that. Therapy isn’t just about symptom relief, although that’s a very important part. Good therapy is about fostering a sense of self in a caring and safe therapeutic relationship. The process of therapy involves transmutation; from numbness to aliveness, fragmentation to integration, constriction to expansion, and alienation to connection – becoming awakened to the fullness of self, alive and present to life in an embodied, creative, spontaneous, and joyful way. I feel very grateful for the meaningful work I get to do with some of the most resilient, brave, and delightful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.

Good therapy is about freedom here and now.

The name Changes Psychotherapy came from witnessing my client’s bravery in their quest to change, grow, and heal from all forms of intense human pain and suffering. Their strength and perseverance continue to inspire me and this fuels my passion to find the most effective clinical treatments for my clients. My interest in psychotherapy came from my need to understand human experience, which led to me undergoing my own in-depth psychotherapy and ongoing professional training and development. This continues to be a core value of mine today.


PACT Couples Therapy Level I-III

The PACT Institute, 2022 - present

Master of Science in Medicine (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy)

The University of Sydney, 2021 - present

Level III Trained Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Institute, 2019

Level I-II Trained Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Institute, 2018

Level I-II EMDR Advanced Training

EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA), 2018

Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

Jansen Newman Institute, 2014

Some of our favourite writers and thinkers

Accreditations and Professional Memberships

Need help?

How do I choose the right
therapist for me?

Finding the right therapist can be tricky, and good therapeutic outcomes depend on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. That’s why we offer an initial 15-minute zoom consultation (subject to waitlist delays) to help you assess if we are potentially a good fit. After this consult, if we agree, we'll proceed to an assessment phase to explore the fit more closely.