Our Therapists – Dr Christopher Fox
Dr Christopher Fox is a trained Counsellor/Therapist with over 20 years experience, providing sex and relationship therapy. He holds Clinical/Level 4 membership of the Australian Counselling Association, one of Australia’s leading counselling and psychotherapy regulating bodies. His specialty areas are in sexual health and men’s body image. Dr Christopher has worked as a practitioner, researcher and academic in counselling, public health and sexual health.
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 Counselling (Psychosexual/Sex Therapy) at the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. 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 the National Chairperson of the Society of Australian Sexologists. 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. He is also the former President of the Victorian branch of the Society and has held other executive positions over the past five years, including Victorian Treasurer and National Treasurer. 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.
Clinic Location: East Melbourne
Jasmine is a Psychosexual Therapist (sex therapist) and is also an experienced corporate coach and trainer. She is a Member (Level 2) of the Australian Counselling Association, one of Australia’s leading counselling and psychotherapy regulating bodies and a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists working towards her professional accreditation. Jasmine is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney’s Post-Graduate Program in Sexual Health. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) through Swinburne University.
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.
Jasmine is available for appointments, at Sex Life Therapy – East Melbourne on Saturdays and after hours during the week.
If you would like to book an appointment with Jasmine please call Sex Life Therapy on (03) 9005 5213.
Clinic Location: East Melbourne
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 Tuesdays in East Melbourne. Karen is also available in St Arnaud and Castlemaine, Victoria.