Sexology North Queensland would like to advise that
Kate Dempsey unfortunately is not able to accept
new referrals, as she is currently at capacity

We Can Help

Do you feel like your body does not experience pleasure the way it used to?

This is a very common and normal experience. Many things impact our sexual function like ageing, illness, surgery, disability, medication, childbirth, relationship tension, parenting responsibilities, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression and general life stress. Sex therapy can help to develop awareness of your own unique sexuality and explore ways to have more pleasurable and empowering experiences (even when your body has been changed by events in your life).

Do you sometimes experience awkward, dry, embarrassing or painful sex?

This is also a very common reason that people seek out sex therapy and there is a lot of support available to work through these issues. There is no "normal" way to experience sexual pleasure, regardless of your gender or orientation, and there are endless ways of interacting erotically.

Do you sometimes worry that you are not pleasuring your partner or that they are not pleasuring you?

Everyone has the right to a fulfilling and healthy sex life. Sex is a skill and a lot of us, did not receive helpful sex education and support around sex, pleasure and intimacy. Speaking with a therapist who has had specific training in sexual function can be extremely helpful in addressing these issues. Sex therapy can help to open up safe conversations that allow people to feel more comfortable exploring their values and beliefs about sex.

What is Sex Therapy?

Sex Therapy (or Psychosexual Therapy) is like seeing a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor, except that the focus is on sexual issues.

Who is a Sexologist?

A Sexologist (or Sex Therapist) can provide a comfortable, confidential and non-judgemental space for people to talk about and explore sexual issues.

How can Sex Therapy help?

If your therapist believes that your issue is not within their scope of practice, they will have a discussion with you about referring onto another practitioner with more experience in this area.


Some examples of issues that bring people to Sex Therapy include:

  • Painful or dry sex
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia
  • Lack of desire
  • Mismatched libidos (sex drives)
  • Difficulties reaching orgasm
  • Wanting to enhance orgasms
  • Concerns about erections
  • Early ejaculation
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Performance anxiety
  • Difficulties resulting from infidelities
  • Sexual concerns in the context of illness, surgery or medication
  • Enhance an already satisfying sex life
  • Explore sexual potential
  • Sexual compulsions or obsessions
  • Communication difficulties about sex, love and pleasure
  • Living with STI’s or HIV
  • Sexual abuse or assault
  • Sex and disability
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual education

Sexology North Queensland does not currently provide therapeutic services to anyone on the sexual offenders registry or with a forensic sexual history.

Not sure if we can help? Contact us today to find out

Sexology North Queensland acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of Townsville, the Wulgurukaba and Bindal people.

We pay our respects to their cultures, their ancestors and the Elders, both past and present, and all future generations.

Sexology North Queensland supports LGBTIQA+ communities.