In our sessions, we work together. As a sexuality therapist and relationship counsellor, I’m trained and experienced in talking frankly and openly about personal matters, and have specialised knowledge about the sexual and emotional problems people experience either as individuals or in relationships.


Your job is to give me all the information I need to help you. There are no guarantees in therapy but I will do my best and I assume you will, too.



My therapy approach is based on research. But science is only useful if it helps us to solve your problems and achieve your goals. That’s why I tailor our sessions just for you as a unique person with unique issues.


We do “talking therapy” using an “integrative” approach. That means that we draw on tools from applied positive psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), gestalt, existential, solution-focussed brief therapy, narrative therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), stress management and relaxation, and so on. If you enjoy reading, I might recommend some books or websites.  Or you might fill in some questionnaires, or do some activities alone or with a partner at home. Sometimes, straightforward, factual information is helpful. Sometimes, we might talk more about the past, or we might work more in the present.


Dignity, ethical boundaries and respect are maintained on both sides.


My focus is always on your journey towards long-lasting, satisfying change and …  like all ethical therapists … I want you to be autonomous, independent and confident. In other words, doing the best job I can means working myself out of a job!


“I was at first hesitant to approach a counsellor. However, given I had recently been through a difficult time personally I was willing to do anything which might help me through what was a dark period in my life. What I learnt from Susie I have taken with me and applied not only to my personal life but also my professional. I see things differently and find that I have been able to utilise this new outlook to benefit both myself and my family. For the clarity these sessions provided I will be forever grateful.”

Dean, financial services, early 30s



An intelligent, highly-trained ally to support you on your personal journey

Down-to-earth clarity and reality, cutting through stress and muddle

Caring, experienced, ethical attention

New options and positive strategies, focussed on healing, hope and growth



My professional background includes work for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome; UNICEF and the World Bank in Bangladesh; an international insurance company in Sydney; and lecturing in intercultural business communication at The University of New South Wales.


Since qualifying as a clinical counsellor, I have had my own practice in Sydney, as well as lecturing at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in the specialities of mental health, counselling skills and interpersonal communication. In addition, I am now working with the innovative Red Tree Practice, in Sydney’s Surry Hills, as the specialist marriage and relationships counsellor and sexuality therapist.


I served on the committee of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA) and am involved in various professional organisations.


I have presented many workshops and papers including for the World Association for Sexology Congress, Gothenberg, Sweden; Lifeline Sydney; Australian Football League (AFL); Australian Society for Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT NSW); CAPA NSW; and ACAP, Sydney.


I was recently interviewed, with Brett McCann, on counselling women for the CAPA Quarterly. Download the interview here.




Master of Science (Sexual Health) – University of Sydney

Advanced Course Certificate and Professional Development Certificate (Executive Coaching) – Institute of Coaching & Consulting Psychology

Advanced Practitioner Certificate (Clinical Hypnotherapy) – Academy of Applied Hypnosis

Stress Management (Group Leadership) – NSW Health Department

Graduate Certificate University Learning and Teaching – University of New South Wales

Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Australian College of Applied Psychology

Diploma in Education – University of Queensland

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – University of Queensland



Clinical Member #31254 – Counsellors’ and Psychotherapists’ Association of NSW (CAPA)

National Register Member #21234 – Psychotherapists’ and Counsellors’ Federation of Australia (PACFA-reg)

Full Member #302092597 – International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT)


Services are provided in accordance with the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA) Code of Ethics.





Australian Society of Sexuality Educators Researchers & Therapists NSW (ASSERT), Member

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) – Foundation Associate Member

Australian Positive Psychology Association Network (APPA) – Participant

Australian Women’s Mentoring Network (AWMN) – Mentor and Member