Welcome to Think Better with Amy Islip

Psychotherapist & Relationship Coach

Are you ready for more deeply connected relationships?  We have the essential skills you need.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Think Better is a boutique service offering the personalised care, support and skills you need.   If you’re ready to create healthier, more deeply connected relationships with yourself and those around you, Think Better provides the support and skills you need.

Relationship Skills Training

Change doesn’t happen simply by talking.   For better relationships, you need better skills.  We teach the essential skills for connected, healthy relationships.  Our workshops build a practical toolkit to help you find love again, deepen the love you have or transform a rocky relationship.

Individual Psychotherapy & Counselling

The most important relationship you will ever have is with yourself.  It impacts all aspects of your life and relationships.  We help you to heal past wounds, live from your authentic self and strengthen your inner wisdom and compassion.

Relationship Coaching

Relationships and connection don't just happen magically.  We need better skills and knowledge to experience healthier, more connected relationships.  We teach you how to find, maintain and enjoy better relationships for a better life.

Resource Therapy

Sometimes we get stuck in repetitive feelings and behaviour we can't shift alone.  Resource Therapy is a transformative process which puts you in touch with different parts of yourself and addresses the root cause of repetitive emotional and behavioural patterns. 

Relationship Skills Training

We are all doing the best we can with the skills we have.  If you want more from your life and relationships, you need better skills.  We teach essential skills for better self awareness, emotional regulation, connection, communication, conflict, boundaries and  influence.

Think Better expertise

Building authentic self esteem

Improving self awareness

Creating great relationships

Developing effective communication

Developing self compassion

Managing conflict effectively

Creating better boundaries

Deepening connection

Relationship skill building

Healing issues arising from childhood

Stress management and self care

Think Better values

Things just work better when we align with your values.  That’s why our values are at the heart of everything we do.  

Curiosity – There is a reason for everything we do.

Non judgement Let’s explore rather than judge.

Compassion – We’re all doing the best we can at the time.

Humour –  Sometimes the best thing to do is laugh.

 Practicality Talk is great but you need practical skills too.

What to expect

You choose between online sessions or face to face from our rooms in Southbank or Belgrave.  We take care to limit client numbers so you don’t have to wait lengthy periods for an appointment.  You can book directly with Amy or browse online availability for a time which works for you.

You receive a confirmation email outlining the details you need for your appointment.  In the first session you explore what you hope to achieve and options to move forward.  Clients regularly report feeling validated and understood, leaving with a fresh perspective and greater understanding.  

You choose whether you see Amy weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  Sessions build your awareness of your habitual patterns – what you do, when you do it and why you do it.  Armed with greater self awareness and compassion, you learn essential skills for better emotional health and relationships – in a safe, supportive environment.

1. Improved self-awareness and self-compassion

We work together to give you a wiser, kinder understanding of how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour interconnect so you can choose helpful responses  rather than reacting in habitual ways.

2. Greater flexibility of thinking

We assist you to recognize stuck and unhelpful patterns of thinking and replace them with thinking that will move you towards what is important to you.

3. Improved ability to manage emotions

We teach the psychological skills to recognize, validate and manage difficult and painful emotions so you feel more centered and able to cope in the face of challenges.

4. Strategies to manage difficult situations

We explore issues from different perspectives to give you fresh insights and teach the skills to manage difficult situations confidently while honouring your needs and boundaries.  

5. Improved ability to deeply connect with yourself and others

We help you to understand yourself and others and what matters most so you can be more present for yourself and others .  This knowledge, along with the skills we teach, enables you to act and communicate with integrity, clarity and care. 

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Individual Psychotherapy & Counselling

Insightful, compassionate psychotherapy and counselling to deepen self awareness, promote healing and improve self compassion for a better life.

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  • Personal development
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Childhood issues
  • Feelings of not being good enough
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Communication issues
  • Conflict
  • Burnout
  • Lack of purpose
  • Lack of meaning


Relationship Coaching

Skill building relationship coaching to improve communication, address unhelpful conflict patterns, and deepen your connection and intimacy for a better relationship.

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  • Finding Love
  • Keeping love alive
  • Improving intimacy
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Navigating conflict
  • Improving connection
  • Improving communication
  • Identifying needs
  • Communicating needs
  • Learning to say No
  • Ending relationships graciously
  • Coping with loss


Relationship Skills Training

Essential relationship skills training for better self awareness, emotional regulation, connection, communication, conflict management, boundaries and  influence.

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  • Self awareness
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Developing connection and rapport
  • Communication that gets heard
  • Mindfulness
  • Setting and maintaining boundaries
  • Effectively managing conflict
  • Navigating separation and divorce
  • Thriving through stress
  • Self-care for professionals

Learn more about Amy

Amy is an award winning Psychotherapist, Coach and Educator, known for her warmth, humour and extensive knowledge of relationship patterns. 

What our clients say

Relationship Skills Training

“Amy approaches things from a different perspective, so we can better manage ourselves during conflict and keep clear boundaries while still being kind.  The skills I have now saved my marriage.” (Name withheld for privacy.)

“We have had such great staff feedback about Amy’s regular relational skills training and we can see that our staff are using the strategies to engage with each other more positively and effectively.” (Name withheld for privacy.)


“Amy’s guidance and mentoring has not only rekindled our marriage, but her skills training has inspired both my partner and I to a more enthusiastic and compassionate lifestyle.” (Name withheld for privacy.)

“Amy has a beautiful approach incorporating self-awareness and compassion – I am less judgemental, more relaxed, and I understand my partner so much more.” (Name withheld for privacy.)

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309/144 Clarendon Street, Southbank