What I do

The Nature of Counselling

The counselling process will involve learning to understand yourself better, and will assist in clarifying problems, goals and objectives. The process will follow a specific model and also be eclectic in nature. You can rely on the emotional support offered during counselling sessions but you remain responsible for your own decisions, thoughts and behaviour at all times. I may offer suggestions to you, but not implicit advice which you are free to accept or reject. You can choose to stop the counselling at any time.

 

Counselling sessions may be emotionally and psychologically intimate. Although it is your choice to share personal information with me, being honest with yourself will help facilitate the counselling process. The counselling relationship is strictly professional in nature and no social contact can be made outside of the sessions now or in the future, and this includes social networking sites on the internet. You are welcome to join as a fan of Sex Matters on Facebook.

Personal Information

No information about you will be given to any other person or organisation without your written consent.  Any information collected about you will be stored in a secure manner.  I am the only person who will see your personal information and it will be destroyed 7 years after your last visit.

 

The only exceptions to this are in the event of my considering that your personal safety or the safety of anyone else is at risk, if there is any suspicion of child abuse or if my file notes or I, are subpoenaed by a court of law. If possible a breach of confidentiality will be discussed with you beforehand. I may also discuss matters of counselling process and cases with my supervisor in a non-identifying manner. 

My Qualifications

Doctorate of Philosophy – University of New South Wales – 2018

Masters in Applied Science – University of Sydney – 2011

Masters in Health Science (Sexual Health) - University of Sydney - 2008

Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling) - 2007

Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Community) - 2007

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – 2006

The College of Nursing:  The Enrolled Nurse: Orthopaedic Nursing - 2003

Certificate IV in Health – Nursing - 2000

I am a member of Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS).

Feedback and complaints

Positive or negative feedback is encouraged.  You might like to add a client testimonial to the Facebook Sex Matters site.  If you are unhappy with your counselling or the progress you are making, please raise it with me.  If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of my standard of practise, I urge you to make a complaint to the ACT Community & Health Complaints Commissioner at www.healthcomplaints.act.gov.au, or to my governing body, Society of Australian Sexologists http://societyaustraliansexologists.org.au/