What are their relationship qualifications?

MAFS Australia is currently taking the UK by storm.

It’s the perfect binge-worthy treat for lockdown blues and a massive rating hit for E4.

While couples try to meet their match, they are guided by three “love experts”.

But who are they? And what qualifies them as experts?

So read on to find out more about John, Mel and Trisha …

Who is John Aiken at Married at First Sight Australia?

John started out as a professional cricketer, playing for Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

However, in recent years he has become a relationship expert.

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He has written several books on relationships – including Accidentally Single and Making Couple Happy.


John is a Dating Coach and Expert (Credit: Channel 4)

According to his official website, he is a trained relationship coach.

And he apparently also conducts exclusive couple retreats.

It is written here: “John was trained in relationships and has worked in private practice for over 20 years.

“He focuses on providing practical advice to singles and couples.

“In relation to the media, he has commented on a number of television shows.

“Most recently, he was one of the experts on the hit series Married At First Sight.”

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He married his wife Kelly Swanson-Roe 13 years ago. They share two children.

Who is MAFS Australia expert Mel Schilling?

Mel Shilling pays off as a registered psychologist, relationship trainer and consultant.

While meeting her own partner Gareth through the online dating site eHarmony.

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Mel issues dating advice (Image credit: Channel Nine)

They share a five-year-old daughter, Maddie, together.

She specializes in instilling trust. And she’s currently writing a book called The C Word.

While she’s such a fan of eHarmony, she now acts as one of their official dating experts.

Who is dating expert Dr. Trisha Stratford?

Dr. Trisha Stratford is a clinical neuropsychotherapist who specializes in relationship psychology.

At MAFS Australia, she often asks attendees if they were intimate.

She also asks participants to smell each other as part of a pheromone test.

However, she recently resigned from the show after seven seasons.

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Dr. Trisha left the show (Credit: Channel Nine)

In a statement, she said, “After seven seasons of Married At First Sight, I’ve decided to resign.

“To focus on my writing, my research, and my neuropsychotherapy.

“I was involved in the challenge of getting this social experiment on television from the start.”

In the meantime, Channel Nine thanked her for being on the show.

In fact, she said: “She showed great courage to join this very unconventional social experiment in its first short series.

“And helped turn it into the hugely successful franchise that it is today.

“We wish her all the best as she feeds her energies back into her professional career.”

She will be replaced in the upcoming series by Puerto Rican sexologist Alessandra Rampolla.

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