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. 

Anya Masendycz

Anya has been working with clients for 20 years assisting with mood, anxiety and depression. She has particular experience with adjustment to life transitions and challenges, stress, reducing the effect of trauma and making meaning of loss and grief and move to healing from past hurts.

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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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Eleanor Middleton

Eleanor offers a down to earth approach in assisting you to address your concerns through exploration of your own solutions. Eleanor offers thoughtful well informed psychological therapy and adheres to an evidence based approach in her practice.

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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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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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Karen Tyndall

Karen is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience. Karen’s approach looks at the person as a whole, taking into consideration mind, body and breath. She has completed in depth training in meditation and breathing techniques. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in India and Bali and developed an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and religions.

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Wame Gofamodimo

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.

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Ren Ganas

Ren uses individually tailored, evidence-informed approaches in psychotherapy. She draws from a strong foundation of neurobiologically informed, trauma sensitive modalities and uses tools from cognitive behavioural and interpersonal psychotherapy models to assist her clients. She has extensive experience working with neurodiverse individuals including Autistic people.

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Matthew Perrin

Matthew is trained in several evidence-based therapies, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing. Matthew has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma related concerns, drug and alcohol misuse, OCD and interpersonal/relationship difficulties.

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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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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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Bryce Thompson

Bryce is a friendly and passionate psychologist who has a passion for supporting all people, specifically those who experience disability, Complex Trauma and working with children and young people. Bryce uses humour (when appropriate) and a light hearted approach to assessment and intervention to build a strong therapeutic relationship, which can allow for better therapeutic outcomes.

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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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Stephanie Cook

Megan is a passionate Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. She has completed additional clinical training in treatments including Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and other compassion and mindfulness based approaches.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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