Linda Kirkman:

Relationship skills for life


Bendigo sex therapy, counselling, professional development, and seminars on relationships and sexuality for all ages. Based in Bendigo, Victoria; will travel. Sex-positive and diversity-friendly.

An open-minded approach to sexuality and relationships counselling and education

Dr Linda Kirkman PhD is a sexologist; sex therapist, counsellor, sex educator and researcher. She has a background in education and public health, and broad experience in public speaking, lecturing, writing and counselling as well as delivering workshops and seminars.


About Linda

Linda believes that positive relationships and a healthy, happy sexuality are important for everyone’s wellbeing. Linda takes a sex-positive and diversity-friendly approach. She has been a counsellor for over 25 years in a range of settings. She has taught in secondary school, at university, and run workshop groups and seminars for people aged from 9 to 70. She has been developing curricula and teaching about sexuality and sexual health since 1990, and has conducted research into relationships, sexuality and sexual health at Masters and PhD level. Go here for copies of Linda's publications and conference presentations.


What is a sexologist?

Sexology means the multidisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality in all its diversity, including human sexual interests, meanings, behaviours and relationships. As a sexologist Linda's approach includes the biopsychosocial aspects of sexual health, and she keeps up to date with research from educational, sociological, medical and historical aspects of sexuality.


Where is Linda?

Linda is based in Bendigo, Australia. She can travel to deliver lectures, seminars or workshops. Sex therapy/counselling is based in Bendigo, or in East Melbourne by arrangement. Skype or telephone sessions are available.


Linda is a proud member of the innovative co-working space, the Synergize Hub.


Contact Linda to discuss professional development, a workshop or to make a counselling appointment. Use the contact form on this page, email linda@lindakirkman.org

or call 0419 402 373.



Re: Counselling


I would like to thank you for the service you provide, being able to talk about sensitive issues in a non judgmental safe environment was/is fantastic.


Linda makes me feel accepted. I don't feel afraid or judged. Linda is good at this!


Re: Nerd Nite Melbourne


Your presentation helped me learn so much about a different dimension of relationship that was previously unfamiliar to me, and the importance of communication in managing it (and all dimensions of relationships). It was such a pleasure working with you, Linda.


Re: Getting better all the time workshop


Liked best: The safe environment Linda created to talk honestly without reservation.

Well thought out approach. Good insights.

Very helpful. Linda is a relaxed and enjoyable presenter.


Re: Talking to Kids About Sex workshop


Thought provoking, knowledgeable, fantastic. Allowed participants to come up with own responses, not dictating to participants

Good pedagogy; I learnt things I did not know.

This is important

Informative, inclusive, kind


Re: Teaching



Knowledgeable, happy and confident

I love coming to your class

Funny, kind, thoughtful, smart



Recent events


SPARK Festival, Singapore

I am invited speaker at SPARK fest Asia in Singapore on May 19. It will be fun to see all the exhibits and speakers, and the sex tech hackathon.


Feature in the local paper!

Local journalist Mark Kearney wrote a feature in the Bendigo Advertiser on me and the work I do in the world. Link here


Working well with LGBTIQ+ young people

Are you a person who looks after children or young people in residential care? PD coming up: See here and click on the training calendar for dates and times in February and March.

Want a workshop? Ask me!

Call to discuss your needs for a workshop on aspects of sexuality, including talking to kids about sex, professional development for teachers or carers, sexuality and ageing--lots of possibilities. Call 0419 402 373 or use the contact form below.


Consulting with the UNFPA on sex education in East Timor

I have been to Dili to evaluate sex education in East Timor. Good sex ed makes a huge difference in population health and individual wellbeing. What is sex education like in your community? Can I help?


Inaugural Goulburn Valley Older Persons Mental Health Network Meeting

Guest speaker at the inaugural meeting, Tuesday, 19 September 2017, Shepparton


Pride Symposium

Guest speaker at the LGBTI symposium on 23 September, 1-3 pm, All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo. Free: tickets ticketboo.com.au/regionalpride


Growing Up Human,

teenage edition

This popular workshop is planned for Bendigo after school exams are over. To express interest please use the contact form below.


Radio interviews

Talking to Clare Bowditch on Radio Melbourne was awesome! We discussed people over 50 and friends-with-benefits relationships (start of second hour, listen here).


I have had some great interviews with Melissa Ferrari and Jono Coleman: 8 June, on great sex after 50, listen here (14 min); 15 June on talking to kids about sex, listen here; July 13 on gender with Jono and Tanya Koens, listen here

Recent podcasts

What were you told at the start of your sex journey, or wish you were told? I talk with Roger Butler of Curious Creatures. Listen here

I've noticed my orgasm dropping off; sexuality and ageing. I talk with Roger Butler of Curious Creatures.

Listen here

Contact Form


Contact: M 0419402373 E linda@lindakirkman.org T @lindathestar


Relationship skills for life

©Linda Kirkman 2017