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Professional Counselling In Sydney Offers Better Overall Health Says Morgan Hayward


New South Wales, Australia (August 4, 2011) - According to the most recent statistics on, the divorce rate in Australia is 2.52 per 1000 people which places the country at rank 7 in the world, trailing behind the US which is in the lead at 4.95. According to experts, the effects divorce can have on individuals greatly varies from person to person. In some cases, separation can lead to better lives. Most cases however result in added stress, anxiety, anger and low self-esteem whose repercussions can greatly affect a person’s social life, as well as work performance and general well being. Counsellor and Therapist Morgan Hayward, recently appointed president of the Professional Counselling Association of the ACT and NSW says relationship issues can often be worked out with professional counsel. He states:

“Early signs of a deteriorating relationship are often unseen by individuals experiencing them. They realise something is wrong but are unable to accurately pinpoint the cause. Professional counsellors can provide a listening ear that offers insight from a different perspective and give constructive advice based on proven scientific methods, without prejudice.”

According to Hayward, the majority of patients seeking counsel consists of 70% males, 80% of whom are aged between 35 and 55. Motives vary but generally revolve around not wanting to raise issues with family members or friends and prefer anonymity during initial enquiries.

Psychotherapy sessions can often delve into what people would deem to be matters of a sensitive nature, such as sex and gender identity crises, sexual obsessions, compulsions and addictions, impotence and other dysfunctions.

Hayward says “Given the sensitive nature of their problems, it is understandable why many choose to refuse counselling. However, identifying and dealing with these problems early on can have many benefits resulting in better physical and mental health of everyone involved - especially the ones connected to the person in a significant way.”

In 2003, a study by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine called An Exploration on the Ramifications of Divorce on Children and Adolescents, showed life-altering impact on well being and development. Consequences of failed relationships affect more than just the adults involved. The impact is felt on almost all aspects of a child’s life, says the study, which includes parent-child relationships, emotions and behavior, psychological development and coping skills - all of which may resurface later on once faced with major life decisions such as marriage.

“Before rushing into life-altering decisions, take a look at everything at stake. Seeking counsel is often the healthiest way to resolve problems. Never underestimate a partner’s willingness to help resolve issues. Confidentiality is a sacred trust between counsellor and patient and will not be breached unless otherwise stated by law.” -Morgan Hayward,


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