Hills Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling. Intimacy Coaching. Infidelity Repair. Separation & Divorce Coaching. Phone 0406 456 643

 Our Therapists

James and Vicki Childs - The Hills Love Doctors TM. ACA, MHPN, ASCH and AHA Members. Gottman Method Couples Therapy Trained. Certified Prepare Enrich Building Stronger Relationships Facilitators. Members of MAREAA Marriage and Relationship Educators of Australia. EFCT Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Trained. Clinical Hypnotherapists. Certified Life Coaches. NLP & EFT Practitioners. Nationally accredited Workplace Trainers & Assessors.

Vicki and James Childs. The Hills Love Doctors.

James and Vicki have worked hard and consistently on their relationship over the years to become what is known in counselling terms as a 'Master Couple', and while this may sound a tad conceited, or even a little 'strange'  it is certainly something that is worth working for or towards.  

What is a Master Couple?

The term Master Couple refers to a Couple who is fully and wholly accepting of one another.  Master Couples are emotionally attuned to each other, possessing the ability to grow through one another by constantly nurturing the enduring love, friendship and respect within the sanctity of the existing relationship. 

In the Master Couple's relationship, there is no undermining, no judgement and no defensiveness.  Master Couples know the art of listening openly and speaking in a transparent and authentic manner. 

Listening to actually hear is one of the hallmarks of these enduring couples.  Sometimes shockingly Master Couples make each other THE most important person in each other's lives. 

The established hierarchy in a Master Couples relationship means that no one else comes before your partner.  Master Couples practise the art of Scaffolding, which allows each partner to pursue their own interests, yet allow those interests (external or otherwise) to build and add layers of intimacy and interest to the existing relationship. 

In this type of relationship, there is an equal amount of 'We-Ness and I-Ness.'

Knowing your partner's flaws, nuances and idiosyncrasies and loving them BECAUSE of these is another trait in a Master Couples toolbox. 

To find out more or to commence your journey towards becoming a Master Couple, please call or message us today. 

Dedicated Relationship Training

• Clinical Supervisor & Registered Nationally Accredited Level 2 Professional Counsellors with Australian Counselling Association.

• Coordinator of Hills District Mental Health Professionals Network.

• Members of MAREAA. Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Australia.

• Certified Prepare-Enrich Building Stronger Relationships Facilitators, holding CPF Status.

• Gottman Method Couples Therapy Trained. Level 2.

• Clinical Hypnotherapists with ASCH, AHA and HCA.

• Nationally Accredited NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioners.

• Certified Level 2 EFT Practitioners. IM University, USA.

• Certified Life, Success & Happiness Coach.

• Nationally Accredited ASQA Workplace Trainers and Assessors.

• ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained.

• Domestic Violence Alert. Lifeline Trained.

* A small sample of our qualifications.

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Vicki Childs. JP. MACA. CPF. Dip.Clin.Hyp

Vicki Childs is a highly respected registered Professional Therapist and Clinical Supervisor with more than 30 years of experience working across a wide variety of industries and stakeholders.

Recently returning from a 2-year tenure in the Hunter Valley, Vicki has now relocated her busy thriving practice back to Bella Vista in Sydney's North West. 

Vicki is widely credentialled with expertise in many different areas and considered one of Sydney's leading and most in-demand relationship therapists, providing services to local, executive, corporate and celebrity couples.

Combining her expansive clinical knowledge with lived experiences of Domestic Violence, Separation, Divorce, Remarriage and navigating the often daunting field of step-parenting allows Vicki to adopt a multidimensional approach to her therapy style.

Dedicated relationship training qualifications include:

Gottman Method Therapy
Imago Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
Certified Professional Facilitator Prepare Enrich Building Stronger Relationships Therapy
ACT  - Acceptance and Commitment Therapist

Additional to the above, Vicki is the Coordinator for the Hills Peer Review Mental Health Professionals Network in the Hills District.

Vicki's direct and no nonsense approach has assisted thousands of couples in their pursuit of a joyful and long lasting relationship.   

If you're looking for a therapist possessing a passion for healing relationships and rebuilding bridges of trust and connection in families, couples and individuals, call today to find out more.

Counselling Approach

Vicki's approach to counselling is direct and forthright while maintaining empathy and understanding. Vicki believes the most effective way to discover the core of relationship problems is to dig deep, do the emotional work and most importantly be honest about where your intentions are in relation to either repairing the relationship or finding a pathway for a different looking future.

With a collaborative and directional focus, Vicki is able to quickly offer insight into the most appropriate way forward for your relationship.

Vicki works with individuals, couples and families and is presently around 2 weeks in advance with bookings.  

Who is Vicki outside of work?

Outside of work you are most likely to find Vicki out in nature or going bush with her Insta Famous Staffies, Freya and Rainey.

Vicki loves getting away from it all, swimming, hiking, bushwalking or sitting by an open fire.   Whenever she is in nature, she is at her best.

As a Grandmother to 4 beautiful Grandbabies, Vicki also loves doing 'Nan Duties.' 

Other passions include photography, gardening, short story writing, alternative medicine and beautifying her home. 

Vicki is also a survivor of medically induced Iatrogenesis.  Vicki lives with many autoimmune diseases, including Lichen Planus, PCOS, and Vitiligo.

These challenges are what motivated Vicki to become a Therapist. 

Vicki is also available for Clinical Supervision for those working in the Mental Health Sector.  Please visit the Supervision page Here


Vicki Childs. JP. MACA. Relationship Therapist & Clinical Counsellor. Member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA) & Professional Counselling Association (PCA) of NSW & ACT. Certified Prepare Enrich Facilitator (CPF). Member MHPN Mental Health Professionals Network. Gottman Therapy Trained.

Nature Lover and Experience Collector

Vicki with her beloved Staffies. Over 35 years of loving and rescuing this breed.

Vicki Speaks about WHAT happens in a Couples Session

James Childs. MACA. CPF. Dip.Clin.Hyp.

With a long and distinguished career as a Senior Engineer, James more recently (2015) decided to pursue a career in service to others.

Having spent over 40 years mentoring, coaching and assisting people to reach their career goals, James has now parlayed that experience into a more holistic career as a Therapist.

James is a Registered Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP & EFT Practitioner, and also a CPF for Prepare Enrich.  James  provides wise counsel to Couples and Individuals experiencing issues and challenges within their lives.

As a survivor of both TBI and ABI (Brain Injuries), James is well versed in adversity and recovery from huge physical and mental challenges, holding a special interest in SMH Subconscious Mind Healing.

James brings a calm and reassuring demeanour to the HCC Clinic, along with many years of Professional Counselling and Coaching, garnered through a long career of mentorship in the Corporate sector.

Additionally, James understands the unique complexities of separation, divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, having experienced these issues first hand.

James works closely with male clients in the areas of increasing and understanding intimacy in relationships, de escalation of conflict and fighting and also building and increasing self esteem. 

James works with individuals, couples and families.  He is presently around 1 week in advance with his bookings. 

Counselling Approach

James offers a nurturing, calm and very supportive focus to his Therapy.

With a belief of taking things slowly and carefully to unpack the deep layers of a relationship crisis.  James is highly analytical and methodical, ensuring all areas of the relationship are explored in depth and with respect.

For those contemplating the viability of their relationships, James is equipped with a huge knowledge base of tools to allow each couple to decide what their forward path may be.  

Who is James outside of work?

Having endured no less than 19 rounds of invasive neurosurgery, James is a daredevil outside of work.  James enjoys adrenalin fuelled activities, such as Sky Diving, Piloting Tiger Moth Planes, Shark Diving and anything that allows him to get a rush!

James also enjoys time out in nature, walking, spending time with his adult children and 4 beautiful Grandchildren.  

As an aside to the above James loves tinkering around home, beautifying his gardens and watching Air Crash Control.

James has a lifelong passion for all things aviation. 

To contact James, please contact james@hillscouplescounselling.com 

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James Childs. MACA. CPF. Dip.Clin. Hyp. Registered Counsellor with ACA. Analytical Hypnotherapist with AHA and HCA. NLP Practitioner. CPF - Certified Professional Facilitator with Prepare Enrich.

James and our Gals, Freya and Rainey.

James Sky Diving.

Industry Accreditations

ACA    Australian Counselling Association.
COS College of Supervisors
PCA    Professional Counselling Association of ACT & NSW.
MHPN Mental Health Professionals Network.
MAREAA Marriage and Relationship Educators Association of Aust.
Prepare Enrich  Certified Professional Facilitators.
ASCH   Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
AHA  Australian Hypnotherapy Association.
ASIST  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
DV-ALERT Domestic Violence Alert Accreditation.