Why Do We Sabotage Love? Reasons to Self-Sabotage Romantic Relationships.

July 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The saying goes ‘love is grand’, so it seems strange that many of us set out to sabotage it. Some people, having successfully initiated a relationship, embark upon what appears to be a path to certain destruction. Some people seem to pull the plug on relationships too quickly… when things get serious or difficult… No matter how ‘perfect’ their potential […]


My Love is like to Ice, and I to Fire

July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Original Article by Raquel Peel A good relationship should bring you joy and pleasure! In the poem ‘My Love is Life to Ice’ by Edmund Spenser, he describes how he believes love is something that can alter the course of human kind. Or to put it simply, love has the potential to dramatically and wholeheartedly changes our lives. It is a […]


4 Keys to a Honest and Successful New Relationship; Set Yourself up for Relationship Success not Failure.

July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Original Article by Raquel Peel Starting a new relationship can be fun, or the stress of success can make it difficult. By taking the time in that first formative conversation, you can build a strong foundation of trust to start with. This strong foundation is best when built on friendship. It allows you to have a healthy relationship instead of one […]


Rebuilding relationships impacted by pandemic

June 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

A RECENT survey from Relationships Australia revealed that a large percentage of people felt their romantic relationships were negatively impacted by coronavirus. Story by Cassandra Glover 9 June, 2020. Retrieved from The Chronicle Subscriber only Psychology and counselling lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland Raquel Peel said the survey showed 55 per cent of people felt their relationships had […]


Singles turn to digital love in time of isolation.

May 14, 2020 | 2 Comments

It would seem the last thing anyone would be doing during COVID-19 isolation is setting up a dating profile, but according to new data, dating apps experienced a surge in users. Story by Samtui Selave 15 May, 2020. Retrieved from The Queensland Times In April the average number of messages sent daily across dating apps like OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, Tinder, Hinge […]


The coronavirus lockdown could test your relationship. Here’s how to keep it intact (and even improve it).

April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Queensland relationships expert who has researched extensively into “why individuals get into a cycle of continually failing at relationships” believes she has identified a key reason.. By Raquel Peel 14 February, 2020. Retrieved from The Conversation With the raft of social distancing measures in place to control the spread of coronavirus, you may be spending more time with your partner than ever […]


Valentine’s Day: Psychology researcher outlines possible reasons for relationship failures.

February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Queensland relationships expert who has researched extensively into “why individuals get into a cycle of continually failing at relationships” believes she has identified a key reason.. By Warren Barnsley 14 February, 2020. Retrieved from 7 News Psychology researcher Raquel Peel, from the University of Southern Queensland, believes many of those unlucky in love are “self-sabotaging”. In her research, she discovered […]


Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness.

February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness

ABC. (2020, February 14th). Relationship self-sabotage may be affecting your quest for love and happiness Retrieved from Article By Shelley Lloyd For some, Valentine’s Day is the day to smugly celebrate your couple status with overpriced flowers and saccharine sweet cards. For others, it is the day to ridicule the commercialisation of a Christian festival while lamenting spending […]


Dating apps only reinforce bad relationship habits.

January 23, 2020 | 2 Comments

Written by LACHLAN MCIVOR 23 January, 2020. Retrieved from THE QUEENSLAND TIMES   WHETHER you meet through friends, at a bar or on a dating app, it makes no difference to how a relationship will pan out, according to an Ipswich romance expert. Love doctor Raquel Peel said people genuinely looking for love through dating apps like Tinder won’t have […]


9 Ways We Self-Sabotage Our Relationships And How To Stop.

December 4, 2019 | 2 Comments

By Women’s Health Interactive 4 December, 2019. Retrieved from WOMEN’S HEALTH INTERACTIVE Written By: WHI Featured Writer Medically Reviewed By: Christie Hartman, PhD, Psychology   Lead researcher Raquel Peel shares exclusive insights from her study on the 9 ways we self-sabotage our romantic relationships and how we can stop this behavior. It was the Fourth of July, and I found […]

About Me

I am an international Speaker, Researcher, and Lecturer. I work as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from James Cook University (JCU) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Music from Sydney University. Currently, I am undertaking a PhD in Psychology.

I have conducted research in suicide, bullying, stigma, religiosity, rural medicine, and romantic relationships. My research on suicide was awarded best paper at an international conference. I also enjoy promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public. My work on bullying in the workplace has been published by the and generated great interest. Also, my most recent research on romantic relationships has received a lot of media attention including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles, and a publication on TED, ABC News, Psychology Today. On October 2018, I gave a TEDx Talk on self-sabotage in romantic relationships.

My work as a lecturer has been recognised with a prestigious Inclusive Practice Teaching Award. I am also passionate about raising awareness of mental health in higher education and have developed the Mental Health Program for Higher Degree by Research Candidates for JCU.

Overall, I am passionate about people and the expression of life. I am originally from Brazil and I have travelled and lived in many places around the world. I currently live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband Matthew, our two cats Tigre and Patera, our Miniature Pinscher, Lobinha, and our Doberman, Urso.