For a decade I have been working with clients towards change.
My name is Fenella and my goal is to assist you to make your sex life, personal life and relationship/s more enjoyable and fulfilling. Therapy is a different experience for everyone and I will use an approach that is unique to you, that draws on some key techniques that are beneficial to both couples and individuals.
I understand that talking about any aspect of your life, let alone your sex life, to a complete stranger, can be awkward and challenging. My goal is to put you at ease and to identify and explore your concerns.
I am a fully qualified counsellor, having studied both in the UK (University of Roehampton) and Australia (Australian Catholic University). I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association and work according to their code of practice and ethics. I have also had training in working with complex trauma clients and I run a trauma sensitive yoga & mindfulness group.
As well as sex therapy, I also offer general counselling services and I have extensive professional experience working in the mental health field, working with clients who have survived childhood institutional sexual abuse, as well as experience in palliative care and the prison system.
I currently practice out of the Malvern Rooms in Malvern. These rooms are a 15 minute walk from Tooronga Station and are also accessible by tram and car.
How I prefer to work.
In my counselling practice, I embrace an attitude towards the method that affirms the inherent value of each individual. I have a sex positive approach, promoting and embracing sexuality.
What is a Sex Positive Approach?
Sex positivity is "an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation. The sex-positive movement is a social and philosophical movement that advocates these attitudes. The sex-positive movement advocates sex education and safer sex as part of its campaign." The movement generally makes no moral distinctions among types of sexual activities, regarding these choices as matters of personal preference.
I work in a holistic manner, addressing the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional person as a whole.
I have been trained in theories such as Psychoanalysis (Freud), Client-Centred (Rogers), Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I prefer to use an integrative approach. Integrative counselling is an inclusive, multidimensional approach that integrates knowledge and skills from different therapy modalities. Integrative counsellors draw on a range of therapeutic approaches that are unified in practice. This integration enables therapy to be responsive to diverse client needs, personality styles, interests and treatment preferences.