Health Professionals

The following is a list of polyamory/queer/kink-friendly health professionals, as recommended by at least one client. These are listed in the order in which they were received and the order should not be taken as an indication of preference.

If you have had a positive experience of a poly/kink/queer-friendly health professional and would like to add them to the list, please contact us. No self referrals please as this is a client-driven list.

Victoria

Melbourne

Name: Tathra Street
Type of Practitioner: Coach & Facilitator.
Address: On contact (Coburg) VIC 3058. Skype sessions available.
Phone: 0416 743 605
Email: tathra@yourrelationshiptoolbelt.com
Website: yourrelationshiptoolbelt.com or  tathrastreet.com
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: My husband and I have been together for 24 years so we’ve got some real old patterns etched in….but even those are shifting, thanks to your attentive listening, wise guidance and support.   My feeling for love and connection is better with him and myself, even with the feeling of separateness and pain that dealing with my own stuff is bringing up.

Name: Anne Hunter
Type of therapist: Relationship Coach specialising in non-monogamy.
Address: On contact (Brunswick West) VIC 3055. Skype sessions available.
Phone: 0437 582 764
Email: anne@yourrelationshiptoolbelt.com
Website: yourrelationshiptoolbelt.com
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: Anne Hunter is one of the most gifted coaches I have ever had sessions with. She has the finely-honed ability to deeply listen, to be able to hear what is behind the words, enabling you to start looking at your own responses & questioning where they came from. She does this openly, lovingly and without judgement. 
(and) Being in a same sex, non-monogomous relationship is challenging at times and it’s wonderful to know there are people like Anne who not only respect and value our ‘unconventional’ life but are also there to support us in an utterly non-judgemental way when we come up against issues.

Name: Julie Lorenz
Type of practitioner: Counsellor & Hypnotherapist
Address: Suite 102 / 1 Princess Street, Kew VIC 3101
Phone: 0407 772 125
Email: via website
Website: melbournesexualtherapist.com.au
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: She is nicely “wotevs” re trans, poly, kink and anything really.

Name: Dr Karen Burns
Type of practitioner: Psychologist
Address: 405 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 0422 566 509
Email: enquiries@mindworkspsychology.com.au
Website: mindworkspsychology.com.au
Medicare Rebate: Unknown
Bulk Bill: Unknown
Testimonial: I’ve seen a good health psychologist (Dr Karen Burns) in Carlton in the past, for mental health issues related to chronic pain, including depression and anxiety. I found her easy to talk to and fine with discussing poly relationships, sex, and kink.
(NB: Dr Burns is on maternity leave until mid-2015)

Name: John Alder BA, Dip.Ed, BEd (Counselling), MA (App. Psych), MAPS, FAHRI
Type of practitioner: Psychologist
Address: 161b Derby Street, Pascoe Vale
Phone: 1300 856 418
Email: office@aptmeasure.com.au
Website: aptmeasure.com.au
Medicare Rebate: YES
Bulk Bill: Unknown
Testimonial: John Alder is poly friendly in that he doesn’t care or judge. I’ve been seeing him for 4 years and highly recommend him.

Name: Sharlot Clark
Type of practitioner: Counsellor & Social Worker.
Address: On contact (Thornbury) VIC 3071. Skype sessions available.
Phone: 0431 867 960
Email: info@purplehealing.com.au
Website: purplehealing.com.au
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: I had a really wonderful experience with her on specifically poly issues.

Name: Stephen Andrew
Type of practitioner: Psychologist, Existential and Integral approaches to therapy
Address: 3 Railway Place, Fairfield VIC 3078
Phone: 0407 367 568
Email: stephenandrew@optusnet.com.au
Website: linkedin.com/pub/stephen-andrew
Medicare Rebate: Rebated under the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: He is very poly positive. I valued his ability to make my partner who is super reluctant about counselling to feel comfortable.
(and) I found him to be great; listened well, asked good questions, and was a good mix of challenging and supporting.

Name: Dr Judith Bernshaw
Type of practitioner: Psychiatrist
Address: 119 Tooronga Rd, Malvern VIC 3144
Phone: (03) 9509 0522
Email: Unknown
Website: Unknown
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: My shrink is lovely and poly/bi/whatever friendly – no judgments. She hadn’t heard of poly before I came along and was very interested and went and read up on it – also her son did his PHD in alternate sexualities.

Name: Catherine Lally
Type of practitioner: Counselling Psychologist/Therapist
Address: Charter House, 102/4 Bank Place, Melbourne VIC 3000
13/349-351 Bluff Rd, Hampton VIC 3188
Phone: 1300 784 184
Email: Catherine@m-pact.com.au
Website: m-pact.com.au
Medicare Rebate: Yes with a mental health plan from a GP
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: My experience with her has been fantastic! She had not seen any other poly clients prior to seeing me but we have been really impressed with how open minded she has been and how well she has understood our situation. She has never once suggested that poly is the cause of all our problems or anything like that. She sees the value of the other people in our lives and has really helped us to focus on the issues at hand. My partner and I have seen her for couples counselling as well and found her very helpful. I would highly recommend her.

Name: Northside Clinic
Type of practitioner: Doctors, Psychologists, Osteopaths
Address: 370 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Phone: 9485 7700
Email: via website
Website: northsideclinic.net.au
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: Health care card, pensioners, students only
Testimonial: This entire clinic comes highly recommended by everyone who attends it. It does however have a long waiting list.

Name: Matt Glover BSC (Hons), BTheol, GradDipTheol, M (Counselling)
Type of practitioner: Counsellor
Address: 2-4 Bemboka Rd, Croydon Hills VIC 3136 (Part of Croydon Hills Counselling Centre)
1036 Doncaster Rd, East Doncaster VIC 3109 (near cnr Blackburn Rd)
Phone: 1300 385 020
Email: Matt@mgacounselling.com.au
Website: mgacounselling.com.au
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: I am a 52 year old trans gender female, and  I have been seeing Matt Glover for approximately twelve months now, and have found him to be extremely nice, very understanding of the LGBIT  community and  he has been instrumental in helping me with my transition.
Thanks to Matt and other dedicated  people, I now enjoy a happy and full life with my wife, I would not hesitate to recommend Matt to anybody who is looking for  help in relationship matters or issues  similar to mine.

Name: Joceylyn Christoff
Type of Practitioner: Psychotherapist, with mental health social worker background
Address: Grattan St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 0404 977 019
Email: Unknown
Website: Unknown
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: I’ve been seeing Jocelyn for just over a year and a half and I’m more than happy with the service I have had with her. I’ve found her positively supportive on poly, kink & queer issues I’ve raised with her, with a good professional ethic when assisting me to work through issues which arose, without any sense of bias or judgement. I’d happily recommend her.

Name: Roger Barnett
Type of Practitioner: Counsellor. Training as a psychotherapist nearing completion.
Address: Brunswick VIC 3056. Skype sessions available.
Phone: 0437 582 764
Email: roger@rb.id.au
Website: facebook.com/rogerbarnettcounsellor
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: With now having seen a diverse range of counsellors for over 18 years, my  experience of having Roger as my chosen counsellor is a leader who is brilliantly effective and facilitates transformational sessions.
Roger’s empathetic listening, acute creativity, and well-harnessed skills offers me an invaluable and unique space of safety and trust- exploration of the darkest and deepest parts of my life…and a place where no person has been able to reach before. I have felt incredibly acknowledged and accepted without judgement or justification for the complex life journeys I have been through.

Name: Prahran Market Clinic
Type of Practitioner: GPs (plus others)
Address: 325 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: (03) 9514 0888
Email: hello@prahranmarketclinic.com
Website: prahranmarketclinic.com
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: At doctor’s discretion, usually requires a concession card
Testimonial: I’ve seen several GPs at PMC and they have always been professional and non-judgemental in dealing with matters of gender, sexuality, and health in my experience.

Name: Catherine Carter
Type of Practitioner: Sexologist, Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor
Address: Armadale Counselling Centre, 601 Dandenong Rd, Armadale VIC 3143
Phone: 0418 550 569
Email: cathjcarter@gmail.com
Website: personalharmony.com.au
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: I am so glad to have found Cath. Not only does she refrain from pathologising my being poly, she actually gets it. Nor does she make assumptions about what it means for me to be poly, to be queer. Instead she engages with me with a warmth and sincerity that leaves me feeling that I have been seen as a whole person. I can talk to her about the specific aspects of queerness and polyness that I am experiencing or struggling with, knowing that she will understand where I’m coming from and so be able to provide useful advice or insight.

Name: Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Type of Practitioner: STI testing, men’s & women’s health, HIV clinic, counselling
Address: 580 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 9341 6200
Email: none
Website: www.mshc.org.au
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: Yes
Testimonial: Excellent for any and all sexual health concerns. Wide variety of services on offer and completely accepting of all identities, lifestyles and orientations.

Name: Joan Hamilton- Roberts
Type of Practitioner: Counselling Psychologist
Address: Centre For Emotion-Focused Practice, Level 1/102 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: 0438 867 241
Email: psych.jhr@gmail.com
Website: hamiltonroberts.net also www.emotionfocused.com.au
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: Some spaces added for bulk billing, before 4pm
Testimonial: Joan has been a great support for me whilst I came to terms with my Polyamorous identity and navigated both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. She approached topics such as consensual non-monogamy, queer identity and Polyamory with openness, care and respect. I always felt able to communicate and discuss my desires and aspirations without shame due of the safe and receiving space that she created.
I believe that Joan would be a great asset to others who identify as Polyamorous or are navigating relationships outside of the monogamous and heterosexual binaries.

Name: Bernadette Brown
Type of Practitioner: Family therapist, motivational coach, life story writer
Address: Kew Junction Towers, High Street South, Kew VIC 3101
Phone: 0439 376 365
Email: bernadettebrown2@gmail.com
Website: www.bernadettebrown.com.au
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: Many years ago i worked with Bernadette Brown in one of our community orgs. She is now a teacher of counselling and a practicing counsellor and I can say is highly knowledgeable on bi [issues]. I am therefore happy to recommend her to this list. She uses a wide range of techniques which is also helpful.

Name: Cyndi Darnell
Type of Practitioner: Counsellor (Sex & Relationship Therapist)
Address: Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053. Skype sessions available.
Phone: (03) 9028 5227
Email: cyndi@cyndidarnell.com
Website: www.cyndidarnell.com
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: My wife and I are very new to open-relationships/poly and Cyndi has been very supportive in her counselling of us, both in individual sessions and as a couple. Cyndi is warm, welcoming, witty, but I also found her capable of really drilling down into questionable actions and beliefs. She has been positive and effective for us.

Name: Therese Meallin
Type of Practitioner: Psychologist
Address: Level 1, 821 Glenferrie Rd (enter via 823), Hawthorn VIC 3122
Phone: 03 9572 2163
Email: therese@acuitypsychologicalservices.com.au
Website: www.acuitypsychologicalservices.com.au
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: Therese Meallin is a supportive listener who brings out the best in me.  I have exceeded the goals we set in our first session and am now working through challenges I didn’t think we would get to.

Outside Melbourne

Name: Melanie Canning
Type of Practitioner: Psychologist
Address: 258 Main St, Mornington VIC 3931
Phone: 0434 820 164
Email: info@morningtonmed.com.au
Website: morningtonmed.com.au
Medicare Rebate: Unknown
Bulk Bill: With a mental health plan
Testimonial: She is very open and also interested in finding out more about Poly from a personal view point. She is really awesome, I’ve got a lot out of my sessions with her.

 

New South Wales

Sydney

Name: Deborah Martin-Smith
Type of practitioner: Clinical psychologist
Address: Unit 4 Montgomery Court, Rear Kogarah Specialist Centre, 40-42 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217
Phone: (02) 9553 8099
Email: sambor@bigpond.net.au
Website: Unknown
Medicare Rebate: Unknown
Bulk Bill: Unknown
Testimonial: Deborah hasn’t batted an eyelid at any mention of poly or BDSM that I’ve made – she’s friendly and supportive and very open.

Name: Jo MacDonald
Type of Practitioner: Psychologist (Imanadari Counselling: Diversity Positive Psychologists)
Address: (on booking)
Phone: 0425 256 396
Email: jo@imanadari.com
Website: www.imanadari.com
Medicare Rebate: Unknown
Bulk Bill: Unknown
Testimonial: She is always very accepting of what I tell her. :-) She is very helpful.
(and)   Never made me have to explain anything or make my polyamoury kink or queerness a pathology.

Name: Dr Richard Janus
Type of Practitioner: GP
Address: 238 Anzac Pde, Kensington NSW 2033
Phone: (02) 9663 0238
Email: via website
Website: www.clinic238.com
Medicare Rebate: Yes
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: Richard and his wife Kim are referred to as “the kink doctors”. I met them at an Uber workshop and have had many positive experiences with them and have recommended them to fellow kinksters. Richard will sometimes give simple advice over the phone too.*
*NB: If you ring with a simple query, Kim will get a response from Richard when he’s available, and will ring you back later (so not an on-the-spot phone response.)

Queensland

Brisbane

Brisbane Poly People has a list of known poly-friendly counsellors who have been referred by clients.

 

Western Australia

Perth

Name: Graeme Salvetti
Type of Practitioner: Coach
Address: On contact (North Perth) 6006
Phone: 0421 873 848
Email: graeme@graemesalvetti.com.au
Website: http://www.graemesalvetti.com.au/
Medicare Rebate: No
Bulk Bill: No
Testimonial: Graeme does couples therapy as well as individual work and emotional clearing. I am poly, but my husband is not, and he made us both feel valued and valid when we had our session with him. I went on to see him several more times as an individual client.

If you have had a positive experience of a poly/kink/queer-friendly health professional and would like to add them to the list, please contact us. No self referrals please as this is a client-driven list. 

 

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