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
Sexual Abuse Psychologists
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for sexual abuse counselling.
Andrew brings a sense of humour along with his caring and empathetic approach to therapy. He aims to create a relaxed and non-judgmental space to address any issues that are holding you back from where you’d like to be. Andrew has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, drug and alcohol dependence, low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties.
I am excited to listen and get to know you as we work together to make sense of, predict or change areas of life. My practice has always been to actively listen, to explore and to experiment using a range of psychology tools. I work using innovative approaches that highlight your strengths whilst also addressing issues or areas that are the source of struggle and pain in your life. Collaboratively we seek to set goals, implement skills, and increase wellbeing to not just grow but flourish. My relaxed, genuine, and unrelenting optimism serves as the perfect companion to adventuring through the mind as we seek to ask the right questions and find the right answers.
Annette believes that therapy is important for those looking to improve their overall mental wellbeing and to live a healthier, fuller life. Annette has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety and trauma symptoms, perfectionism, confidence and self-esteem issues, difficulties with change/adjustment and workplace stress.
Anshula has a background in paediatric psychology and the disability sector as well as demonstrated success in implementing behavioural interventions for children with neurodiversity and additional developmental needs. She also has experience supporting adults of varying mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders and other significant psychological problems.
Antoinette has over 10 years experience providing psychological services. Antoinette is passionate about workplace health and resilience. She has expertise in supporting executives & leaders explore their own self by bringing about transformation to their lives, through achieving a healthy work/life balance, effective goal setting & working towards self actualisation.
Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.
I aim to listen to a client’s journey and help people reach their potential to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives. I pride myself on providing a reliable and genuine experience to all my clients. I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and providing a space which allows clients to explore their difficulties in a safe, supportive, confidential and trusting environment. I will take an individual formulation approach to my practice considering the biological, social and psychological aspects of difficulties. Within this, I will work with clients to identify the most appropriate evidence based treatment approach within the available time. I am committed to helping individuals to achieve their full potential, identify individuals values and helping you achieve your goals.
Brent offers a confidential and sensitive service to his clients providing evidence-based psychological therapy, including assessment and treatment for a range of emotional, behavioural, and psychological difficulties.
I am committed to working with clients through a collaborative client-centered approach. I view acceptance and a non-judgmental interaction as critical components to the client-therapist relationship. I believe in focusing on strengths and self-observation skills as the keys to client change, growth, and development. I look forward to the opportunity of working with clients who are seeking to move forward in their lives. We need to be more like a river in life, not a pond.
I love what I do. I take earning your trust very seriously. I think it’s a big deal to share your thoughts, fears, worries, hopes and dreams in counselling. I work hard to listen well and to understand your experience of the world and how you would like it to be different. I’m a real person and will be clear about how I think I can help and have both professional and life experience to draw from.
Claire provides individually tailored and evidence-based therapeutic interventions and strategies to help clients to gain a better understanding of themselves and their difficulties or challenges. Claire then works with clients in identifying ways to effectively manage these issues, helping to build stronger foundations for life. Claire has over 25 years experience practicing as a Psychologist.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am passionate, motivated, and committed to providing my clients with best practice interventions to support and guide them towards recovery, and self-improvement. I have a warm, empathetic and collaborative approach to therapy, and my aim is to empower you to make healthy, positive, and meaningful changes to your life. I am also deeply committed to providing culturally sensitive and accessible treatment.
Hi, I am really looking forward to getting to know you and working together to achieve your therapy goals. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing that the psychological and physical both impact overall mental well-being and as such my approach to therapy includes elements of each in order to achieve lasting change.
Hi, I am very excited to meet you, get to know you as a person and work together to achieve the change you desire, the life you would like for yourself.
I am committed to working with you, the whole person and I will treat you as a real person, not just see your issue. I want you, us, to achieve the life you want for yourself.
I feel so privileged to work with my clients, to get to know you and work with you in a meaningful way. It is amazing when my clients take a proactive approach to their mental health and together we make that change. I can’t wait for us to get started!
Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.
Julian’s professional style is a person-to-person clinical practice focusing on individual needs. He works in a natural and holistic style. Your personal preferences are key to the therapy that you receive. Julian delivers therapy that considers your being in the world so that you can gain positive personal relationships and satisfying personal interactions.
Kate has worked as a psychologist for over 35 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.
Psychology has been a lifelong passion and it’s a privilege to work with people to discover their strengths and their goals and support them in living their best life. I believe effective therapy is based on authentic communication that acknowledges YOU as the expert in your own life.
Laura is someone who is personable and laid back, yet professional and experienced. Laura’s most recent experience is with survivors of sexual assault (adolescents and adults) and domestic violence, and those with trauma backgrounds. This is a particular area of interest and expertise for Laura. She has worked in psychology fields since 2013.
I look forward to working with you on those parts of your life that you are struggling with at present. We will work together collaboratively as I bring my knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and brain processes, to your knowledge of yourself and how you want to live your fullest life. This may involve challenges and change that you might already be apprehensive about but together we can help you develop a new calmness, and to help you to connect with your inner courage and commitment to change. I want for you what you already want for yourself, and that is to lead a life of meaning and purpose with connections to those close to you and to your community.
Louis has experience working with adults and young people aged 16+. Louis has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, trauma and PTSD, bipolar disorder, dealing with anger, stress management, drug and alcohol issues, and managing health and lifestyle.
I enjoy helping both adolescent and adult clients discover there is an alternative to the life of distress and discomfort quite often being experienced in the lead up to engaging with mental health support. I work with people who are experiencing low mood and/or low motivation, difficulties adjusting, stress, anger, confusion or worry, to empower them to discover their strengths whilst developing insight into their presentation.
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.
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.
I have a passion for making a difference in people’s lives by increasing their psychological flexibility to become equipped with skills to live a more valued life despite the challenges.
I am experienced in providing successful therapy grounded in empathy, genuineness and respect, I assists individuals across the lifespan referred from local stakeholders, mental health clinicians and GPs.
Martin is best known for his humour and pragmatism. Martin has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. Martin has spent recent years working in a mental health clinic for people living with addictions, trauma and mood disorders.
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.
Michelle enjoys helping people to deal with life challenges and developmental problems to optimise psychological well-being. Her approach is to work together with clients to process feelings and to develop self insight and understanding. This aims to alleviate distress as well as to provide different ways of thinking, being and relating to the self and others.
I have learned that deep and lasting change is possible, that long-term issues can be resolved, and people can be free of emotional pain they carry by making sense of difficult experiences together, both past and present, and moving towards a place of self-understanding. Michiel works with adults and adolescents using an integrative approach which is based on empathy and building a strong mutual respect and working relationship with clients.
Mike’s approach to therapy is mainly based on a model called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focuses on learning to let go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values, the things that really matter to you. Mike identifies as a gay man and enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community.
I look forward to working with clients as individuals and take pride in supporting them to reach their goals towards improved mental health and well-being. My approach is to listen without judgment and to work collaboratively with each individual at their own pace to make meaningful change.
Hi, my name is Rachel and I’d love to meet and support you. What makes therapy with me different? We will work in the moment. I will meet you where you are at and walk alongside you using my wealth of tools and my deep intuition. You are not a diagnosis or a label to me. You are precious and unique – this I will honour and respect. My goal is to bring greater awareness and balance into your life.
Rosara has a keen interest in working with children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma including PTSD and adjustment disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, gambling and other addictive behaviours, alcohol misuse, work/personal stress and domestic violence survivors.
I like to take a unique approach, tailoring strategies around what works best for you. Whether you are comfortable with talk therapy or taking a more creative approach, I can be flexible in my therapeutic style. I look forward to getting to you know as a person so we can work together creating a better life for you. I am warm, empathetic and easy to open up to.
Shelley is a kind, cultural-sensitive and engaging psychologist with a genuine passion to help individuals from all walks of life to function optimally and live meaningful life. She strives to approach every individual with compassion, integrity, respect and perseverance. Shelley focuses on Trauma counselling and provides ongoing support and treatment for adults (18+) that are struggling with trauma, addiction, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Shyva has eight years of experience working with a wide range of clients including elder children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing emotional, social, behavioral and mental health difficulties. Shyva’s special interests are depression, stress and anxiety, grief, trauma and relationship issues. She is open to see women aged 12+.
Shyan is passionate about improving psychological wellbeing and standard of living for individuals across cultures by encouraging individuals to continuously develop and improve their positive coping and problem-solving skills. Shyan also strongly believes in using an eclectic approach so as to create a comfortable environment and cater to individualized needs.
Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.
I am committed to helping my clients discover their unique strengths to overcome the challenges they may face in their life journey. I value everyone of my clients as a special person, working with them to achieve the personal goals they want to develop through counselling.
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.
Tina has over 22 years experience working as a psychologist supporting with children, adolescents, adults and families. Tina is interested in supporting anxiety, depression, low self esteem, interpersonal difficulties, work related issues and perfectionism. She also has a keen interest in working with adolescents and young adults.
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.
Client-centred therapy lies at the center of my practice of psychology; where the client’s needs, personal perspectives and preferences inform my treatment methods and choices. I see psychological treatment as a collaborative experience forged by the kindred rapport between the client and myself. My clients and I embark on the recovery journey together and I ensure my approach enables the client to eventually become independent where they no longer need my contribution and have found a stronger, richer version of themselves through therapy.
Wame has been practising for over 10 years and brings a level of maturity and professionalism to her role as a psychologist. Wame’s key areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief & bereavement, workplace issues, life difficulties & transitions, eating disorders, and anger & conflict.
I am looking forward to meeting many and varied clients to work with together to bring the very best in your life. My style is relaxed and friendly and I like to focus on the relationship we build together.
I have practiced for over 30 years with all range of problems so I welcome all or any struggles in your life,. We will approach issues together looking at the emotional processes, thoughts and feelings.