Attending Sex Therapy Alone or With Your Partner
Individual Sex Therapy
Build confidence and reconnect with your body in a relaxed and comfortable way. A safe space for you to release negative or limiting beliefs, to identify and resolve underlying triggers for your sexual difficulties, and explore your sexuality.
With Your Partner
Improve communication, emotional intimacy and sexual connection. Explore sexual challenges and opportunities. A supportive space to understand and resolve the factors contributing to or maintaining your current situation.
How sex therapy can help
Build sexual confidence
Release underlying fear, shame & anxiety around sex
Enjoy a fun & fulfilling sex life
What can sex therapy help with?
Erectile difficulties or erectile dysfunction
Inability to reach orgasm
Difficulties with intimacy
Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
Vaginismus (inability to experience penetration)
Poor body image
Low desire or mismatched libido
Sexually compulsive behaviours
About Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is a specialised form of counselling that focuses on sexual issues. A sex therapist helps you develop a clearly defined issue, and then work to resolve that issue, or minimise the impact it has on your life.
Many people experience sexual difficulties at some point during their life. When our sex life suffers, our relationships with others suffer, and so does our relationship with ourselves. We can experience feelings of dissatisfaction, inadequacy, disappointment, frustration, shame, guilt and anxiety.
While some sexual problems have a physical cause (for which you should consult your GP), many have a psychological or social component. Much of what happens in our external sex life reflects our internal thoughts and beliefs. Underlying fears, shame, guilt and anxiety can create a range of sexual problems. Differences in our views on sex and what constitutes a healthy and fulfilling sex life can cause difficulties in relationships.
Sexual difficulties can occur at any time, from adolescence through to our senior years, even for those who have had a healthy and satisfying sex life previously.
My approach is solution focused and includes education and homework assignments. My objective is to help you understand your issue and achieve your goals.
I provide a mix of individual sessions and couples therapy for those experiencing periods of relationship difficulties due to sexual problems.
With specialist training in sexology and sexual health counselling, I utilise a sex-positive approach for clients with diverse sexual backgrounds, relationship styles, genders and sexualities. Sessions are available in Byron Bay, and via Telehealth (e.g. Zoom).
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is sex therapy?
Sex therapy is a specialised form of counselling that focuses on sexual health, that is:
- Sexual function
- Gender identity and roles
- Sexual orientation
Sex therapy often focuses on a particular sexual problem, for example, with sexual function, or a sexual communication difficulty between sexual partners.
What happens in a sex therapy session?
The first step is to understand the presenting problem: what brought you to therapy? How is it affecting you? What would you like to change? How did the problem begin? Has it changed or developed over time? What else is going on that might be contributing to the problem, or preventing change from occurring?
We need to consider medical and historical information alongside your life circumstances. If in a relationship, this will involve taking a sexual history from each partner.
We can then formulate and agree upon the goals for therapy and devise a treatment plan. The plan may involve exercises or ‘homework’ for the individual or couple. Sex therapy is about education, re-framing, and learning new ways to approach sex and sexuality.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral, however, if referred by another practitioner or health provider, please bring your referral with you to your appointment.
Is your practice LGBTIQA friendly?
Yes, I work with a diverse range of people, in many styles of relationship, and with diverse sexual interests.
How many sessions will I need and how often should I attend?
This will depend upon your situation. My goal is not to keep you in therapy but to ensure you get the help you need to reach your goals, and that will vary according to your individual circumstances.
People typically attend sessions weekly. Depending upon your needs, you may reduce the frequency of appointments as you progress.
Where appropriate, I also offer more intensive therapy sessions (sometimes referred to as 'marathon therapy') where we conduct longer sessions in a short period of time, for example over a weekend. This mode of therapy often suits couples working on relationship and communication goals. If you are interested in working more intensively, let me know and we will evaluate whether marathon therapy is suitable to meet your needs.
Can I come for individual sex therapy?
My goal is to tailor the therapy to your situation and needs. You do not need to be in a relationship or to bring your partner(s) to therapy.
However, individuals presenting for therapy who are in a committed relationship will often benefit from bringing their partner(s) to at least one therapy session. Your partner(s) will then be in a position to assist with your treatment goals and to understand their role in the therapeutic process.
I also offer relationship counselling and may recommend this course of therapy for you and your partner(s) as needed.
Conversely, I may recommend individual therapy where one relationship partner requires additional assistance or support.
Are your services covered by Medicare?
Medicare does not presently cover hypnotherapy, couples counselling or sex therapy services.
Some Private Health Funds offer rebates for hypnotherapy, however, so if we use hypnosis in our sessions, you may be able to obtain a rebate for this service. Please check with your health insurer or ask for details.
I also offer discount rates for concession-card holders, pensioners, and those experiencing financial hardship.
What are your qualifications?
Rest assured, I am a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and sex and relationships counsellor.
I studied Sexology at Curtin University and hold a Master of Science in Medicine specialising in Sexual Health Counselling from the University of Sydney, and I have completed Levels 1 and 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
I trained at the Academy of Hypnotic Science, studied process-oriented hypnosis and treating depression under Michael D. Yapko, PhD, and hold a Certificate of Applied Psychotherapy (Human Givens) with Human Givens Australia.
I am an accredited Clinical Member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), a Professional Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (AACHP), and a Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) accredited Provisional Psychosexual Therapist.
I am also a registered Clinical Supervisor with the AACHP and use the RISE UP Model of Professional Supervision.
I abide by the codes of ethics and practice as set out by my professional organisations, maintain professional indemnity insurance and undergo regular professional supervision and professional development.
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