Karen Ryles – Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist @ Sex Life Therapy
Clinic Location: Collingwood and Castlemaine
Karen Ryles is a psychosexual and relationship therapist and also provides generalist counselling and psychotherapy. Karen Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 27 years’ experience in counselling and psychotherapy. She is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists and accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Karen complete a Masters in Health Sciences, exploring the issues in counselling provision in rural areas.
Karen previously managed a rural-based counselling practice in western Victoria and has also worked in the child protection, mental health and hospitals settings. Her experience includes 14 years in mental health settings. Karen’s experience includes working with children and adolescents as well as families. She has previously provided parenting education. Karen also has extensive experience in working with individuals and couples.
Karen’s therapeutic approach is integrative and eclectic to maximise the therapeutic benefits and outcomes for her clients. Karen draws on her experience in social work, as well as counselling and psychotherapy to assist clients to develop skills, tool and strategies to maximise their sexual and general well-being. She draws on Jungian and psychodynamic approaches within a solution-focussed framework. Karen also utilises acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness as well as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist her clients achieve their optimum. Karen believes in the NBT (No-Bullshit Therapy) approach of being direct, honest and caring.
Karen works with women, men and couples to assist them with sexual dysfunctions and problems in their lives. Karen’s experiences allow her to support clients who have experienced trauma, childhood sexual abuse and mental health issues in resolving impacts on their sexual lives.
Karen is available on Monday afternoons and evenings as well as Tuesdays in Collingwood. Karen is also available in Castlemaine, Victoria
Jasmine Mayne – Psychosexual Therapist
Clinic Location: Collingwood
Jasmine works from a solution focused perspective and draws on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. Through her work with clients, Jasmine ensures all clients develops skills and tools to assist them to manage and maintain their issues into the future. Jasmine believes everyone has a right to a healthy and enjoyable sex life.
Jasmine works with women, men and couples. Her specialty area is female sexual dysfunctions including vaginismus and dyspareunia, anaorgasmia (inability to orgasm) She also works with men’s issues including premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction. Jasmine works with women and men on issues of loss of desire/interest in sex, or loss of libido, as well as body image issues, self-esteem and sexual esteem. Jasmine, like all our therapists, are queer-friendly (LGBTIQ) and works with people around issues of sexual identity and orientation. Jasmine also works with clients around fetish and kink issues.
Clinic Location: Collingwood
Nadine Atia is an experienced counsellor, social worker and sex therapist. Nadine offers counselling and coaching on a variety of issues including sexual wellbeing and general mental health. As a Woman of Colour, Nadine holds expertise in working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and especially individuals who identify as Muslim. Nadine has over 10 years’ experience working within the Muslim community and has gained extensive experience in supporting people with issues of sexual violence, trauma and healing. Nadine’s professional and warm approach, coupled with high regard for her client’s wellbeing provides a safe context within which to grow.
Nadine completed her undergraduate studies in English and cinema studies and a graduate Masters of Social Work at La Trobe University. Nadine’s interest in human sexuality lead her to study sexual health at the University of Melbourne (Graduate Certificate of Sexual Health). More recently she completed post-graduate qualifications in psychosexual therapy/sex therapy through the Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive at the University of Sydney (Master of Science in Medicine). Nadine has a well-rounded professional education and extensive experience in counselling and working with people on issues related to human sexuality.
Nadine’s sex-positive therapeutic style is inclusive and appreciates clients’ backgrounds, including gender and sexual diversity. She has much experience providing counselling to individuals who identify as trans, lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and non-identifying. Throughout Nadine’s career she has also worked with people with diverse abilities whether physical, intellectual or psychological. Nadine has previously worked with multicultural organisations and understands issues of ethnicity and faith in the Multicultural Australia. This experience allows her to understand the unique experience of people who may find themselves not fitting into their cultural standards.
Nadine‘s passion is built on empowering fellow People of Colour and the wider community in sexual wellbeing. Her focus is on pleasure in sexuality which is often overlooked. Sex, desire, connection and pleasure are unique to the individual, with her compassionate awareness and open practice she is welcoming of that diversity and promotes access to your inner resources. Nadine believes in honouring people’s sacred sexuality – individually and in relationships. She works with monogamous and polyamorous singles, couples and relationships who wish to develop tools and strategies to increase their intimacy and sexual lives. Nadine recognises that one’s inhibitions of sex may reflect social and culturally conditioning. She encourages those in her therapy room to be open and expand their consciousness for a tangible experiences for sacred sex. Nadine incorporates her knowledge into useable tools on healing, connecting and re-discovering senses within lovemaking and sex.
Nadine tailors her approach to the unique needs of each client and draws on therapeutic styles appropriate to the person and the issue. She uses an integrative approach and draws on solution-focussed, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred and psychodynamic. Nadine often incorporates art and other expressive therapies to her work, while working holistically within an intersectional framework. She believes in catering to the unique needs of the person.
Dr. Christopher Fox Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist
Clinic Location: Collingwood and Frankston
Dr Christopher is a Fellow – Licentiate of the Royal Society for Public Health in recognition of his contributions to public health and health promotion. He also is a Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health (Sexology) at the Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) where he coordinates the Psychosexual Therapy pathway in the Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health. He has previously worked at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe Rural Health School and the University of Melbourne.
Dr Christopher is highly respected nationally and internationally for his work in sexology. Dr Christopher is the Immediate-Past National Chairperson of the Society of Australian Sexologists (Chairperson from 2014-2017). He is also a Foundation Director of the organisation and the inaugural Accreditation Officer, setting the accreditation standards for the psychosexual therapy and education in Australia. Dr Christopher is the Associate Secretary Asia-Pacific for the World Association for Sexual Health, and Deputy Co-Chair of the WAS Sexual Rights Committee. He is Treasurer for the Asia-Oceania Federation of Sexology. Dr Christopher played a key role in the Australian Sexual Health Alliance – Australia’s peak body for sexual health. He is also the former President of the Victorian branch of the Society of Australian Sexologists and has held other executive positions over the past eight years, including Victorian Branch Treasurer and National Treasurer, and National Deputy Chairperson. He was an Accredited Sex Educator and Sex Researcher with the former Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT).
Working with individual and couples of any sexual orientation on a short or long term basis, Dr Christopher’s role is to work with the client to understand what their issues really mean to them. Then use this information to help them create a healthier life for themselves and their loved ones going forward. This may involve exploring immediate concerns in life or address ‘deeper’ issues present.
As a sex therapist he works in an integrative, structured framework using a solution-focused approach combined with evidence-based strategies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and systemic theories in the main. Cognitive-behavioural therapy assists you to understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviours). Dr Christopher also uses affirmative practice from a non-traditional perspective with all clients. His experience is people like to find a solution quickly and they know themselves best, so he assists you to work towards a solution as the best outcome.
Dr Christopher is experienced in working with sexual dysfunctions in sex therapy and have worked successfully with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, have mental health issues, and have experienced trauma. He also works with sex and porn addiction in sex therapy work for the addict and their partners.
Relationship therapy addresses areas of breakdown, affairs, self esteem, moderate depression and anxiety, and Dr Christopher will work cognitively to improve communication and improve the status quo of the individuals concerned.
Dr Christopher also works with men and women with body image and genital image issues, self-esteem issues and general life concerns. As a Sexuality Educator he is able to work with parents and young people about sex education. His work focuses on helping you to get in touch with, and value, your inner resources to help problem-solve from a position of personal power and strength.