Sexual Abuse Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome sexual abuse through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome sexual abuse through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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Learn about sexual abuse

If you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault at some point in your life, you are not alone. In Australia, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence. Many of these people don’t seek help and suffer with the trauma of it for much longer than they should. If you have experienced sexual abuse at any point, and the experience is continuing to impact on your life in a negative way, seeking help from someone who is highly trained in this area is the first step to taking control of your life again.


Regardless of how long ago the abuse took place, it can often continue to have a negative impact on your emotions, wellbeing and relationships. It can affect your ability to experience and enjoy healthy relationships or your performance at work or school. In the long term, if left without help, it can contribute to a number of other mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.


Our someone.health psychologists are highly trained in working together with the individual to build aspects of the perons’s life again in whatever ways they may need. This can be immediately after experiencing sexual violence or even years after the abuse has stopped.


Some of the assistance that you would receive from a someone.health psychologist include:

Working through the memory of the trauma at your own pace to gradually reduce its emotional effect

Help you to find acceptance in order to move on

Educate you on the experience of others who have been through the same trauma to help normalise your responses and the emotions you have felt

Release the feelings that have built up about the abuse

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Sexual Abuse Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for sexual abuse counselling. 

Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Chris Santalucia

Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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Christine Craig

Christine has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Her work has involved working in private practice, in schools and as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Chiara Paganini

Chiara is an experienced clinical psychologist wiith experience working with a diverse range of patients, including adults, migrants, Indigenous population and CALD people. Chiara will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. Chiara works with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.

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Paulette Gayton

Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.

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Ross Leembruggen

With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.

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Nina Shapiro

Nina has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties, gender identity issues, work stress, low self-esteem, anger issues, survivors of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma. She is trained in several evidence based approaches, including CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Manya Scheftsik

Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.

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Marie Parperis

Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Ari Goldberger

Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma. Ari focuses on treating adults and does not see children and adolescents.

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Tony Nguyen

Tony supports people with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, addictions and work-related conditions such as burnout and career transition. Tony can also provide support in a high performance context (for example athletes & executives, start-up founders). Having lived in multiple continents and being from a multi-cultural background, Tony is able to support those who have a migrant background or is of east/south-east Asian descent.

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Jennifer Gardner

Jenn’s approach to therapy is trauma-informed, relational, empathic and collaborative. Jenn has experience in working with complex presentations across adulthood, and particularly in helping support individuals who have experienced complex trauma, including family of origin and attachment difficulties.

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Jennifer Anne

Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience and works with people experiencing low self esteem, anxiety or interpersonal difficulties as well as those experiencing parenting concerns, disordered eating or workplace challenges. She is experienced in many areas including helping people move through the challenges of relationships both in their personal life and in the workplace.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has an eclectic non-judgemental view and extensive compilation of therapeutic tools to support you in becoming your best self. Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. She connects with a genuine no-nonsense approach with her clients.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Maureen Cheung

Maureen has extensive experience working with people with anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment to life circumstances, and grief and loss. Her passion is for working with people with childhood and complex trauma. Maureen also has qualifications in IT and Finance, bringing a unique skill mix to the role of Psychologist.

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Kate Stewart

Kate has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years and is keen to help people 16-years-old and older who wish to improve their psychological life. Kate has a Doctorate in Health Science and her certifications include Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Ericksonian Hypnosis. She also studies Buddhism, including meditation and mindfulness.

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Claire Wood

Claire works with a range of clients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Claire has a keen interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is listed as an ACT therapist. She is also interested in Neurodliversity with an emphasis on autism and ADHD. Claire uses a trauma informed approach and uses schema and narrative therapy.

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