I have always been a pleasure enthusiast. For as far back as I can remember, my fascination with passion, creativity and pleasure has been part of my identity. Having travelled the world extensively in my 20s in the pursuit of self-knowledge and then my 30s exploring more introspective wonders and delights, I have come to embrace the understanding that well-being, intimacy and relationships are not something separate from our lives, but part of our lives as a pathway to genuine satisfaction.
My pursuit of accurate and useful knowledge in this arena has led me down a variety of avenues to get the expert and diverse know-how I have today. From the dedicated ‘hands-on’ approach I started with including Sexological Bodywork, Taoist sexuality studies, Tantra and good old fashioned trial and error – through to academic studies and internships in counselling, linguistics and specialist clinical sex therapy, I am thrilled to be able to offer my work from a variety of perspectives and approaches that embrace, understand and honour the diversity of the human condition.
I have presented my work to professional and public audiences in Australia, the UK and the USA, most recently at the prestigious Omega Institute in New York. A regular at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, I am also a writer, published academic author and media commentator whose opinion is frequently sought for TV, radio and print including the ABC’s Luke Warm Sex, The Project, The Huffington Post, ABC Radio, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmopolitan and much more. In 2015 I was also privileged to be published in the UK Journal of Sex Education and was the only sexologist named in MindBodyGreen’s list of Top 100 Women to Watch. I am the proud (and relieved) creator of The Atlas of Erotic Anatomy and Arousal, a pioneering educational video series designed to give you up front information about sex, the body and most importantly, pleasure! This is the sex education you should have gotten at school, but never did! Check out my other educational seminars and workshops too.
I was the founder and creator of Pleasure Forum Australia, (spanning 4 years from 2010-2013) an unfunded and independent monthly adult-to-adult sex education program where the emphasis was on pleasure and practical education, not sleaze and clinical theory. I have also been mentor to the Minus 18 Sex Gurus, a queer sex and health project for young queer identifying and gender questioning people.
I work predominantly in Melbourne, but also offer my workshops and therapeutic sessions to an international clientele via Skype.
My formal qualifications are:
Master of Health Sciences (Sexual Health) (University of Sydney)
- Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work (University of Melbourne)
Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Human Services (La Trobe University)
- Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Linguistics (La Trobe University)
- Bachelor of Education (La Trobe University)
Other than my passion for work, I am a travel enthusiast and my current obsession is New York City. I have travelled all over the world including most of Europe and Asia. I have lived in Scotland, Spain and Dubai, punctuated with long stints in Amsterdam and India. I have a fondness for women’s shoes which is reflected in my vast personal collection, which makes for problematic storage and my first book is on its way. When not researching or writing, I read about Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also love animals, red wine, most Spanish things, being cooked for, sewing and shooting the breeze!