How To Be “The Right Partner” with The TOOLS & SKILLS to Create Life-Long  ♡LOVE-ing & Happy Relationships

Relationships Are Easy If You Know How!

We consider RELATIONSHIPS and learning communication ♡TOOLS and Skills as
All life is about being in relationship, whether it is with partners, children, family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours and with yourself.

It’s about communicating and truly CONNECTING.

Everyone needs to have the best up-to-date communication ♡TOOLS and Skills.
These need to be learned in much the same way as we need to learn to read.
We are not born knowing how!
And we need to regularly update these.

Many don’t need therapy but EVERYONE needs Relationship Education to create the relationships and ♡LOVE and life they want.

Healthy relationships are the foundation of a healthy society.

We are in the business of teaching such ♡TOOLS and Skills
It is our privilege to be of service to you.


– have the knowledge to attract and pick ‘the right partner’ to make your marriage/committed relationships stay ♡LOVE-ing and alive and last a lifetime
– have the ♡TOOLS to create, build and strengthen your relationships and the SKILLS to repair and heal any relationship or parenting break-down, disconnection or conflict.
– live in a ♡LOVE-ing world where divorce and violence and family breakdown are rare


To teach the MIND-SET and provide

A Relationship and CommunicationTOOLBOX

of the best, simple, effective, and easy to put into action ♡TOOLS and SKILLS to create the ♡LOVE, relationships and life you want.


The SERVICES we offer:

  • Private Counselling/Therapy SESSIONS – either in person or online (via Facetime or Skype)
  • WORKSHOPS – usually 20 hours over a weekend
  • ♡LOVE-LIFE RETREATS: 7 -10 days

Marriages/relationships/families do heal after affairs, separations and all kinds of disconnection, break-down and conflict.

You can learn to create the ♡LOVE you long for with the partner you already have.

“This is a revolutionary view of relationships:
rather than leaving it to find yourself, you find yourself through it –
being the right partner is more important than picking the right partner.”
~ Dr. ♡Harville Hendrix

THE KEY is you have TO DO something different.
You will need to be taught how, as well as repair the damage that has been done. 


Susie Itzstein BA & Shelton Huettig MA, MFT are the Directors of The Institute for Relationship Development.

We are highly experienced relationship counsellors and educators based in Darlington, Western Australia. We have trained in a wide range of therapeutic models and bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and compassion to our work.

We are Advanced Clinicians in IMAGO Relationship Therapy, created by Dr ♡Harville Hendrix, and were the original certified Imago Workshop Presenters in Australia.

For over two and a half decades we have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring thousands of participants in our Imago Relationship Therapy Workshops for Couples, Individuals, Singles and Parents throughout Australia, USA, Canada and elsewhere in the world.

more about us here…

Happily Ever After DOES Happen!

Matt and Stephanie share about their experience of attending
the Couples Communication Workshop:

I realised I could be happy…and get what I wanted…

“What I got out of the weekend was like falling in LOVE, like for the first time. Not re-capturing the spark, but it was really like I just felt much, much closer. Absolutely amazing and I realised…I hadn’t actually thought that I could be happy…that I could get what I wanted out of our relationship…. I realised that could have only ever happened in the Workshop. It’s not like we read a book and say hey let’s do this… I’m really grateful and I’m really excited about our future.”
Background track Om Tara from the ‘Fierce Wisdom‘ by our beautiful friend, ♡Chloe Goodchild



We are committed to educating people
how to create and build happy, successful,
♡LOVE-ing & conscious relationships and families.
Our professional services provide practical, user-friendly
therapy, counselling, educational Workshops, and ♡LOVE-LIFE Retreats for couples, individuals, singles, families and therapists.

  Relationships Are Easy If You Know How! 

 Happily Ever After DOES Happen!..



What have we been up to?

Many good things and many challenging things have been happening over the last 9 years since the BushFire on 12th January, 2014 which destroyed our beloved family Home and property of 35 years including all our business equipment and resources  and turned our world and lives completely upside down.

We found a beautiful new home in Darlington where we created our home office, as well as continuing our extensive online practice. Yet we haven’t facilitated Workshops for all those many years. We have needed the long recovery and healing break. Gosh it does feel so completely unbelievable noting that 9 years have passed!!

If you want to read more how it was for us P.F. [Post Fire] check out the posts on Susies♥HeartPathBlog  SEE: Category Archives: BUSHFIRE Destruction & Aftermath starting at the bottom of the list – January 26, 2014 –  Horrifying, horrendous, raging bushfire destroys our family home

Many requests and gentle nudges have kept coming for us to schedule and present our popular CREATE THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU WANT WORKSHOP again as well as the Parenting Work, BORN TO ♡LOVE and THE KEEPING THE ♡LOVE YOU FIND WORKSHOP.
For a full description see HERE

Also we have totally neglected our ♡LOVE-LIFE RETREATS since the BushFire.

We do feel the stirring of energy in us to do our teaching work again yet for the last few years Covid-19 restrictions added to that. Our intention and growth edge will be to offer our WORKSHOPS online. Watch this space.

We are also working on a whole new project and look forward to sharing it with you in the future.

Keep a look out for information and do keep in touch with us on our Facebook page or our e-newsletter (you can subscribe below)

It is always an honour to welcome people. We appreciate you spreading the word about our work to your people; your friends, family and other contacts.

Looking forward to connecting with you again or meeting you for the first time…
With gratitude and allways LOVE, Susie & Shelton  


“The soul grows well when giving and receiving Love.
Love is after all, a verb, an action word, not a noun.” ~ ♡Joan Borysenko

Your Story Matters. Tell it.  ~ ♡Kelly Rae Roberts

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
~ Nelson Mandela.