Space to Relate Psychology decided to create a space where individuals, families, couples, friends, colleagues could relate to one another in an open and positive environment or gain assistance in relating to one another outside of the counselling sessions.

With the ever changing dynamic of human relationships we all need some place where we can learn about relating to each other; partners, family members, friends, colleagues. We could all do with some skills and Space to Relate Psychology is here to assist in creating positive interactions whilst relating to each other.

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Adena is a fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority – AHPRA (Registration No: PSY0001125660) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society – APS (membership No: 108525).

She draws from her 10 years of experience as a psychologist and teacher. In this time she learnt that most people attend psychology sessions in order to express concerns about their significant others. Many times these conversations revolve around their lives and the relating or lack of relating to these people.

She shows genuine and empathic support and concern for her clients. She engages her clients in working collaboratively with her, with the aim of increasing their feeling of well-being.

During sessions she utilises various therapeutic frameworks to guide sessions with clients. Sessions are tailored to assess and address the specific needs and concerns of each client, according to their unique situation.


  • Master of Psychology – Counselling
  • Monash University, Australia, 2008
  • Bachelor of Education – Education Psychology
  • Rand Afrikaans University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts – Education Psychology (Majors: Education and Psychology)
  • University of South Africa,1998
  • Higher Diploma of Education
  • Johannesburg College of Education, 1994


Adena has extensive experience in both government funded organisations and private practice.  She has provided counselling for individuals (adults, adolescents and children), families and couples across a broad range of presentations.

Areas of interest

  • Relationship concerns
  • Family matters
  • Parenting
  • Stepfamilies
  • Life transitions
  • Workplace functioning
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Migrant adjustment
  • Weight and healthy lifestyle

Added to this, Adena complements her practice with her interest in The Psychology of Astronauts in outer space. Today’s Astronauts need to be technically competent at their job as well as relating to multi-generational and multicultural teams. The ‘right stuff’ for today’s astronaut has a lot to teach us about ‘the right stuff’ in being able to effectively relate and thus live our lives on earth.

Bottom line, whether it’s in space or on earth we need to relate, it is a fundamental human need.

“There’s really only one thing I can control: my attitude during the journey, which keeps me steady and stable and what keeps me heading in the right direction. So I consciously monitor and correct, if necessary, because losing attitude would be far worse than losing my goal”

“See, a funny thing happened on the way to space: I learned to live better and more happily here on earth. Over time, I learned how to neutalise fear, how to stay focused and how to succeed” 35

“We are taught to view ourselves and world differently” 36

Both Elton John’s Rocket Man and Space Oddity show the significant other and adjustment required.