Sex therapy, counselling, professional development, and seminars on relationships and sexuality for all ages.
I consult in Bendigo or on Zoom and will travel for workshops. Sex-positive and diversity-friendly.
I am Linda Kirkman PhD, a sexologist; sex therapist, counsellor, sex educator and researcher. I am the current Victorian/Tasmanian President of the Society of Australian Sexologists.
About me: Sex therapist, counsellor, sexuality educator
Sexuality has always fascinated me. It is mysterious, hidden, yet always present in popular culture, institutional control, and how we are categorised. I started teaching sexuality to 13-year-olds as part of health education, beginning in 1990, writing the curriculum myself, starting with communication and conflict resolution. Same-sex attraction, bisexuality, transgender experience, and pleasure were included. I wanted to give students the skills and understandings to enable positive sexual identity and experiences.
With an arts degree background, to get health teaching and counselling qualifications I did a graduate diploma in health science, which included the social work counselling skills subjects. This ultimately led to sex research via a health science masters and a PhD. Work shifted to women’s health promotion and academia. I took in a huge and varied assortment of conferences, scholarly articles, workshops, festivals, books, podcasts, and blogs which expanded my knowledge and understanding of the vast diversity that is sexuality, sexual expression, and relationships. My bemusement with the sex, gender, and relationship categories comes from not really identifying with fitting into any of them properly; now I happily identify with the delightfully unspecific term, queer.
Counselling, voluntary and paid, has been part of my life since 1988 when I qualified as a breastfeeding counsellor. Nursing Mothers’ counselling training was excellent; listening microskills, empathy, making suggestions while not giving advice are principles I still use. Secondary student welfare counselling, women’s health counselling, followed by tertiary student welfare support, Lifeline telephone crisis supporter training and volunteering have kept me current, with supervision, and confident I have something to offer. Bringing together counselling and sexuality—becoming a sex therapist—is a logical next step.
My psychosexual therapy goals are to support people to work on the concern/s they present with, through first assisting them to feel safe, valued, connected and heard. As a sexuality educator I’m inclusive, supportive, evidence-based, and consider the appropriate pedagogy when planning a presentation. Making it fun is part of that.
See the sex therapy tab for specifics about cost and availability of psychosexual therapy.
Go here for copies of Linda's publications and conference presentations.
Where am I? What about the pandemic?
I am based in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Sex therapy/counselling is mostly online, usually via Zoom. I see clients from all over the world and can be flexible with timezones. In-person clients are seen subject to current pandemic restrictions, are expected to check in via the QR code and wear a properly fitted mask. After 1 November in-person clients will have to show evidence of two doses of Covid 19 immunisation. This is for my safety and the safety of all clients and my community.
Contact me to make a sex therapy appointment, discuss professional development, or plan a workshop. Use the contact form on this page, email email@example.com or call 0419 402 373.
M: 0419402373 E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: @lindathestar
Relationship skills for life
©Linda Kirkman 2019