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The Reconnection Institute helps couples in crisis to turn pain into power with evidence-based tools and action.

At The Reconnection Institute, we recognise that couples in crisis need more than just passive facilitation—they need a decisive, assertive approach that is grounded in proven, science-based methodologies. Our mission is to take a stand against the devastation of relationships on the brink of collapse by actively employing strategies that have been demonstrated to successfully pull couples back from the edge. We believe that by implementing these evidence-based techniques, we can cut through the pain and confusion to guide couples toward a proven path of healing, reconnection and lasting love. We want you to come back stronger. The Reconnection Institute is not just about facilitating change; it's about championing a proactive, research-driven movement to save relationships and to foster deep, enduring connections.

About the Institute

The Reconnection Institute is brought to life by a team of dedicated professionals who are united by a common mission; to help couples on the brink of ruin to rebuild, reconnect and rediscover their love through evidence-based tools and action. Our faculty's diverse expertise spans psychology, trauma therapy, relationship science, research and training, ensuring a tailored approach that is specific to each couple's unique needs.

With a firm commitment to our institutional values, ethics and a proven methodology, we stand as a beacon of hope for those couples who are facing extreme challenges. We can help you to prevent catastrophic mistakes and limit the risk of damage to your families—working together to rebuild trust, hope and a deeper connection. We do this by combining cutting-edge research, practical strategies and unwavering support. The Reconnection Institute transcends individual opinion or ‘intuition’ —Instead, we are a collective force nurturing healthier, more fulfilling relationships that will allow you both to flourish.

About Michael Myerscough

Founder of The Reconnection Institute

Michael Myerscough, the internationally recognised authority, head coach and Founder of The Reconnection Institute, specialises in addressing personal relationship challenges. With over 25 years of experience as a counsellor and relationship coach, Michael holds a Master certification in Relational Life Therapy which is the highest level of competence in Terrence Real's therapy model.

In addition to his expertise in RLT, Michael has studied Emotionally Focused Therapy, attended the Bowlby Centre in London and completing an externship with Dr. Scott R. Wooley, founder of the San Diego Centre. This approach focuses on addressing adult attachment issues within intimate relationships and has been scientifically proven to be highly effective for couples in distress.

Michael has also completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 and 2, along with their specialisations in Affair Recovery, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and working with couples in Addiction Recovery. Furthermore, he has studied the integrative approach to infidelity recovery as pioneered by professors Baucom, Snyder, and Gordon, and the Gottmans' 'Trust Revival' method. Remarkably, these are the only methods scientifically proven to assist couples who are dealing with the aftermath of infidelity.

Michael’s ground-breaking research and hands-on experience have led to the implementation of highly effective, evidence-based strategies that have assisted countless couples to rebuild their connections. As a trusted authority in infidelity recovery, Michael's passion for helping others extends beyond his work at The Reconnection Institute. He has made numerous media appearances, including those of a presenter on Channel Nine's 12 episode show "The Last Resort" and features in various newspapers and magazines.

Under Michael's leadership, The Reconnection Institute has become a vital and unrivalled resource for couples in crisis. Michael’s deep understanding of human relationships and unwavering commitment to his clients make him a sought-after expert and champion for those seeking to rebuild their relationships.

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“In a world where we often prioritise work because it pays money, we tend to overlook the huge hidden costs of neglecting our relationships. Remember, your relationship is not just an emotional investment—it's your most precious asset, in every sense.”

The Faculty

The Keystone of Excellence

The Reconnection Institute’s esteemed Faculty serves as the keystone of our research and development efforts, supporting and driving innovation in the field of relationship counselling. The Reconnection Institute has been proudly established with an ongoing commitment to fostering excellence and creating lasting impact for professionals who are dedicated to making a difference, particularly in the realm of infidelity. Our respected collective of experts ensures that our unwavering commitment to ethical practice and long-term objectives for recovering couples remains at the forefront of our mission.

The core research mission of our faculty is two-fold:

  1. Developing an ‘Accelerated Couples Therapy Model’ that integrates cognitive-behavioural techniques with solution-focused coaching strategies to help couples achieve transformative change more efficiently.
  2. Pioneering an ‘Integrative Infidelity Recovery Approach’ that treats the trauma of infidelity while repairing relational bonds through trust-rebuilding interventions.

Our goal is to rigorously study and contrast the outcomes of these two innovative methodologies to determine best practices for different clinical populations. Once this research validates optimal therapeutic models, The Reconnection Institute will launch comprehensive training programs to disseminate these approaches to couples’ therapists globally.

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Kate Stuart

Registered Counsellor and Accredited Clinical Supervisor

Kate, a Registered Counsellor and accredited Clinical Supervisor, has a wealth of experience in relationship and conflict management. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Masters in Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her extensive training encompasses client-centred approaches and attachment theory, enhancing her ability to foster healthy relationships for individuals, couples, and families.

In addition to her private practice, Kate currently serves as the Convenor for the Master of Counselling Course at the University of Canberra, overseeing the program's success. Simultaneously, she is pursuing a PhD with a focus on secondary trauma in professionals, drawing from her wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in conflict resolution, mediation, crisis counselling, and relationship therapy.

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Rod Francis

Coach, Coach Educator, Researcher, Storyteller and Speaker

Rod Francis is a US-based coach, coach educator, researcher, storyteller and speaker who has led professional coach training programs in Europe and the USA over the past decade and a half, training over 2000 industry professionals to date.

He created and led the Bulletproof Coach Training and the Human Potential Coaching programs in the USA, and is the founder and creator of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)-Accredited Emergent Coach Training program which integrates cutting-edge cognitive science, systems thinking, Focusing, mindfulness, somatics, parts work, positive psychology and human development theory with ICF coaching competencies.

A former professional dancer, performer and entrepreneur, Rod also runs a US based organizational consultancy as well as working with individuals and leaders world-wide as a coach.

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Susan MacKenty Brady

CEO, Author & Speaker

Susan MacKenty Brady is a CEO, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and speaker about respect as a leader’s ultimate catalyst for accountability, inclusivity and results. Susan is the founding CEO of The Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership where she holds the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership. As an expert in driving accountability and performance, she teaches leaders, executives and leadership teams how to create cultures of respect and has keynoted or consulted at over 500 organizations around the world. She is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Arrive & Thrive: 7 Essential Practices of Women Navigating Leadership (McGraw-Hill, April 2022), The Inclusive Leader’s Playbook (Simmons University), Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement: How the Best Women Leaders Practice Self-Awareness to Change What Really Matters (McGraw-Hill), and The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic. Her media appearances include “Good Morning America” on ABC-TV, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Inc. Magazine.

A celebrated speaker and executive coach, Brady educates and ignites leaders globally on fostering a mindset of inclusion and self-awareness. As an expert and author on leading from your best self, Brady, who has been featured on “Good Morning America” and in Forbes and Inc, is a highly sought-after speaker on fostering emotionally intelligent and accountability-first leadership. As a leadership wellbeing expert, Susan specializes in turning complex - even provocative – ideas (like managing conflict, relational and emotional intelligence, and fostering inclusion to name a few) into clear, helpful and operational advice. She masterfully translates that advice into practical action with compassion, humor and understanding, helping to reframe how people perceive themselves and their situation.

Ilona Zaleska

Registered psychologist and EMDR Accredited Practitioner

Ilona is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and an EMDR Accredited Practitioner based in Sydney, Australia. She is the Founder of The Trauma Counselling Centre – private practice that provides a safe and nurturing space for trauma recovery and personal healing. With a master’s degree in psychology and specialised training in EMDR through the EMDR Institute, she is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy.
Ilona is a proud member of EMDRIA, the International Association for EMDR, and EMDRAA (The EMDR Association of Australia), showcasing her commitment to staying current with best practices in trauma therapy. Additionally, as a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Ilona adheres to the highest ethical standards in her practice.
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Emma Rookledege

Integrative Counsellor

Emma Rookledge is an experienced Integrative Counsellor based in the UK. Accredited with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). Trained at Matrix College of Counselling & Psychotherapy (validated by Middlesex University). Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) in Integrative Counselling, with a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts – from the Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE). Emma has a special interest in the therapeutic use of the arts to support increased emotional and mental health.

Emma’s input at the institute includes her passion for the environment and the role of therapy in addressing ecological challenges. Given her interest in developing meaningful responses to our changing planet, she explores the intersection of mental health and sustainability. She works with private clients on issues including anxiety, self-acceptance, grief, depression, shame, trauma and bereavement.

*Faculty members at this institute operate as independent professionals and scholars. The views, methods, and work products of each faculty member are their own and do not necessarily represent those of the institute or other faculty. No individual faculty member shall be held responsible for the work, teachings, or representations of another faculty member or of the institute itself. This demarcation allows for a diversity of professional perspectives while maintaining appropriate personal accountability.