How to Sustain a Healthy Relationship

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Adrian Ashman, a Professor of Education at the University of Queensland, answers relationship questions.

    Adrian Ashman

    Adrian Ashman is currently Professor of Education and a former Head of School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He was trained in the 1970s as a psychologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 1991. He has operated private psychology practices in Canada and in Australia dealing primarily with adult clients with personal relationship and sexual performance difficulties.

    Adrian has also worked as an educational psychologist and university researcher in the fields of special education and disability since the late-1970s and has consulted with a number of government departments including Education, Community Services and Health, and Employment, Vocational Education, Training and Industrial Relations. Professor Ashman is a trained mediator and has many years experience in conflict resolution.

    Adrian is a keen recreational cyclist and walker, misses flying and sailing, and is very attached to his olive farm to which he and his partner retreat at every possible opportunity.

    My name is Adrian Ashman. I am a professor at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. I guess, the most important thing to say when you begin talking about this topic is that we are all different and one size doesn t fit all. What works for one couple may not necessarily work for another. So, if you are already in a relationship that s not good, then, you don t need to go any further than what I am just saying. You need to look around for a good counselor or a good psychiatrist or a good psychologist and you need to get yourself up there and talk about the things that are happening to you with someone who has professional experience to talk about those issues. Now, the issues that I want to talk about from here on in are really some of the questions that are very commonly asked of a person who has now worked in the trade for a long time and most of my professional and my practice has been revolving around issues relating to relationships and issues relating to sexual dysfunction and sexual behavior. So, that s where we are heading in this session and in this series of sessions. I have been psychologist now for probably, 32 or 33 years. My training is essentially in Counseling Psychology and I have practiced in that particular business for probably, 15 years, up to up counseling. I am a qualified mediator. So, in a sense, I have got quite a lot of experience in talking about our topic today which is effectively, Love and relationships.