I’m Susie, an experienced and highly-qualified sex and relationship therapist, with nationally recognized counselling qualifications and a Master of Health Science degree in sexual health.
All my working life has been in communication and people have always been utterly fascinating!
My professional background includes work for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Rome; Radio Australia, 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. Those expatriate years spent among wonderfully interesting people in so many different cultures have given me a deep experience of human nature, and now allow me to assist my clients with the special strains on relationships caused by moving to different cultures and countries, as well as the inevitable challenges of bi-cultural relationships. Meanwhile, the academic and practical communication skills are constantly in use with clients on a day-to-day basis.
Since qualifying as a clinical counsellor, I have had my own counselling practice in Sydney. While completing my Master of Science in Sexual Health at Sydney University, which covered the organic, psychological and relationship aspects of sex, I taught counselling students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) in the specialities of mental health, counselling skills and interpersonal communication. I was asked to join Red Tree Practice, in Sydney’s Surry Hills, as the specialist relationship counsellor, and have been for many years also at Randwick Medical.
I have completed extensive training in the research-based methods of sex and relationship counselling developed by John Gottman, and continue to extend my skills and knowledge with frequent professional development education. In addition, regular supervision consultations with other senior practitioners and peer groups fulfils the requirements of on-going professional accreditation by the national counselling body, the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work continues to be as a “brokered counsellor” for Carers NSW, which I provide on a semi-voluntary basis. This organisation provides free or low cost counselling to people caring for family or friends who are aged, unwell or disabled.
I have served on the committees of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA) and the Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT). I am now a Full Member of the International Society of Sexual Medicine, and the PACFA College of Relationship Counsellors.
I have presented many workshops and papers including to the World Association for Sexology Congress, Gothenberg, Sweden; Lifeline Sydney and Balgowlah; Australian Football League (AFL); Australian Society for Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT NSW); CAPA NSW; and ACAP, Sydney.
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National Register Member #21234, Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA-reg)
General Member, Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists NSW (ASSERT NSW)
Full Member, International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM)
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 our sessions are tailored 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 a great variety of methods to create what works for you. As needed, we draw on scientific research-based sexual health and relationship information, research into relationships, applied positive psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, existential, solution-focussed brief therapy, narrative therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), stress management and relaxation, and more. I have done in-depth training with Drs John and Julie Gottman. Dr John Gottman is the world’s gold standard relationship researcher, and if you enjoy reading, I might recommend some of his or others’ books. Or you might do some questionnaires, or some activities alone or with a partner at home. Sometimes, straightforward, factual information is helpful. Sometimes, we might talk more about the past, mostly we work more in the present. When needed, a referral to another specialist may be helpful. Ethical boundaries are maintained on both sides.
A wide range of sex, relationship and communication issues include:
- men’s and women’s libido problems such as low libido, loss of libido, mismatched libidos
- couple communication and relationship conflicts
- maintaining sexual and emotional interest and enjoyment in long-term relationships
- fallout from affairs and betrayals
- women’s and men’s orgasm issues, anorgasmia
- ejaculation and erection problems such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation
- painful intercourse, vaginismus, sexual fears
- unwanted sexual behaviour
- exploring sexual or gender orientation or identity, “coming out”, transition
- exploring sexual or other values, needs and practices in relationships
- growing sexual or dating self-confidence
- conflicts about relationship hopes, dream, goals
- the special relationship stress of being an expatriate or in a bi-cultural relationships
- stress of caring for family or friends
- problems with extended family or in-laws
- sexual and relationship problems from cyber sex and internet use
Master of Science (Sexual Health) – University of Sydney
Advanced Course Certificate and Professional Development Certificate (Executive Coaching)
Advanced Practitioner Certificate (Clinical Hypnotherapy) – Academy of Applied Hypnosis
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