The first session is a great chance to see if our services are a good fit for you and if you feel comfortable enough to share. We allow extra time after this first visit in order to provide extra support if needed. Follow-up visits are 50 minutes long and involve honest and open conversation between you and the counsellor. Your counsellor will likely ask questions about your personal, physical, and sexual history in order to get a better understanding of your experience.
Of course your sessions are confidential. Our counsellors are certified members of the Australian Counselling Association or Registered Psychologists, and as such must follow strict guidelines. There are a few situations where we may be required by law to break confidentiality, however these are only in rare circumstances and we will be happy to explain these to you at your first visit. They mostly involve situations where you are at risk of harm, if you request us to release your records to your doctor, or if we are required to release them to a court.
The number of sessions you need depends on what you are dealing with, what your goals are, how long you have had this concern for, how long it takes you to feel comfortable to fully open up and share your concerns, and the work that you do between sessions. Just like you may get stretches to do from your physiotherapist, we try to give you small and manageable things to do between sessions to keep you moving towards your goals.
Oftentimes, the best way to tackle an issue is to talk about it. Evidence shows that healthy sexual intimacy and relationships increase your quality of life. Sex counselling helps by empowering you with knowledge, focusing on your inner strengths, and allowing you to talk in a safe environment. Some of the methods we use include: acceptance and commitment therapy, strengths-based approach, and solution-focused therapy.
You may want to see a sex counsellor if you are struggling in any of the following areas: dating, relationships, communicating about sex and intimacy, performance anxiety, pornography, masturbation, sexual desire, body image, fetishes, kinks, sexuality, gender, kissing, polyamory, open relationships, monogamy, cheating or infidelity, sex toy, consent and sexual rejection.