Madonna Hirning

Sunshine Coast

About Me


Madonna Hirning

I  have been a Psychologist for more than 20 years and have been in private practice for more than 12 years here on the Coast.  Recently I became a Certified Gottman Marital Therapist - the first on the Sunshine Coast. I have a strong passion for working with couples to overcome challenges in their relationship, learn new skills and deepen their connection with each other. I've been married  for more than 20 years and understand that how we feel in our relationship sets the tone for almost every area of our life.

I also enjoy working with individuals on a range of issues and helping them  overcome any barriers they may have to live a life that is full and meaningful to them. 

My practice is discretely located in a studio in leafy Mount Coolum.

Therapeutic Services


Couples Therapy

Our relationship can be the source of great joy and contentment and when things aren't going well it can also be the source of a lot of pain and hurt. I am passionate about working with couples to overcome past hurts, address current issues, develop a deeper understanding of each other and to learn new ways of approaching conflict. In my work with couples I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy, an evidence based approach that has been developed in conjunction with more than 40 years of research into what makes relationships work.  I understand that the thought of embarking on marriage counselling can be daunting for most couples and I seek to make the entire process as safe and comfortable as I can to ensure both members of the couples feel heard and understood. 

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Individual Therapy

In my individual therapy I use a combination of mindfulness training and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to inform my work. I work with individuals aged from 16 and above on a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, grief and adjusting to change.  

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Relationship Seminars and Workshops

I am a Leader of The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work Program which was developed from the best-selling book of the same name by Dr John Gottman. I can deliver content from this workshop in different forms ranging from 2 hours to two days. If you are looking to book a speaker on  evidence based information about  making relationships work for your event or group please get in touch for more information.

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Madonna Hirning Psychology

5 Jeenon Street, Mount Coolum, QLD 4573, AU

0411 289 255


Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm