Who is a Sexologist?

Sexologists (or Sex Therapists), are professionals with specialist university, postgraduate level training and experience in human sexuality and counselling. They are trained to work with individuals and couples in dealing with issues of human sexuality. 

Sexologists have also had specific training for working with individuals of the gender diverse and kink communities. In Australia, the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS) is the national professional body for Sexologists and Sexuality Educators. It has stringent educational and accreditation standards for its members, who must abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice. 

Sexologists are also required to work under professional supervision to ensure they are working ethically and effectively. A Sexologist can provide a comfortable, confidential and non-judgemental space for people to talk about and explore sexual issues.

For more information about who we are and what we do please visit the International Society for Sexual Medicine website


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

A typical initial session will involve talking and there is never any touch exchanged between therapist and client. A Sexologist may ask questions or take a sexual and psychological history which may involve a relationship and medical history. You do not need to talk about anything that you feel uncomfortable discussing and it is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist or practitioner.

You are also likely to learn new information about sexuality in a Sex Therapy session, because the sex education we have received when younger, has often been limited or inadequate. If you are in a relationship, consider taking your partner or you may wish to have an individual appointment first.

For more information about who we are and what we do please visit the International Society for Sexual Medicine website

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 and 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.