Jasmine Zahner Tells AllOh What a misleading headline. Of course Jasmine doesn’t tell all. Jasmine does tells a bit more about herself. For this blog we asked Jasmine about being a sex therapist in Mebourne and a few of her favourite things.
ED: So why did you become a sex therapist/what motivated you?
People ask me this all the time and I still struggle to answer it. I’ve always been interested in sex and have never been one to shy away from talking openly about it with friends and partners. I guess the “don’t talk gutter in my house” attitude from my parents growing up, drove me to explore and understand sex through other means. For example, talking to friends, research, trial and error.
It was while I was studying psychology during undergrad that I came to realise that sex therapy was a real thing; not just something you see in movies. Once I came to this realisation I knew it was the job for me. Everyone deserves to have a happy and healthy sex life and I want to be the one to help them achieve this.
ED: How did you become a sex therapist?
I completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and then completed a Masters of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health (Counselling) at the University of Sydney1. Although I have completed my studies, I am constantly undertaking professional development activities/courses to ensure I am continuing to learn and grow as a therapist.
ED: What are your approaches to sex therapy?
I utilise an eclectic approach in sex therapy. This means I utilise different approaches depending on the client and their needs (e.g. cognitive -behavioural therapy and solution-focused technqiues). Sex therapy can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach.
ED: Do you belong to a professional association?
Yes, I am a Level Three member Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and also a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS).
ED: Do you abide by a code of ethics?
Yes, the ACA and SAS have codes of ethics. These are available on the respective websites. All good therapist will abide a code ethics. This is one way a therapist can ensure they provide a quality service.
I also have regular supervision with a senior therapist to also ensure I am providing quality therapy and continue my development.
ED: Who or what is your inspiration?
There’s not really one particular person who inspires me. Anyone who Is happy and enjoys life. I want to be happy and helping individuals and couples with their sex life makes me happy. I’ve finally found a career which I love and look forward to every day.
How did you learn about sex?
Friends, school, teen magazines, trial and error…. the latter being my favourite.
Was there sex education in school?
There was, just the basics though. Reproduction, safe sex… all the boring stuff.
Did your parents talk to you?
Not at all. I got in trouble for saying the word ‘tampon’ in my house, so talking about sex was well and truly off the table.
Whats the most romantic thing someone could do for you?
I’m a low-maintenance kind-of-girl, I don’t expect anything extravagant. A cute hand-written letter and rose petals scattered throughout the house would make me the happiest girl ever. (ED: Gosh, now that is romantic.)
Who is the sexiest man?
Adam Brody…. can’t go past a dark-haired cutie (luckily my partner fits this description as well).
Who is the sexiest woman? Mila Kunis.
What is your favourite colour?
Hmm tough question…. navy blue probably.
What is your favourite food?
Anything choc-mint flavoured. When they brought out crispy, choc-mint flavoured m&m’s, I was in heaven.
Where did you grow up?
Regional [ED: rural] South-East QLD
When I am stressed I like to ……………… sleep, Netflix and chill 😉 [ED: Do you mean chill and watch Netflix?????]
Jasmine provides psychosexual therapy through the East Melbourne Clinic only. Jasmine has appointments available after hours during the week and on Saturday mornings. To book an appointment please call (03) 9005 52313 or use our form and we will be respond within 48 hours.