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About

Rhiannon Derrig

Areas: Sexual health & intimacy, LGBTQI+ support, gender diversity, couples and non-monogamous relationship counselling, anxiety & depression, neurodiversity support, women’s issues, trauma & sexual assault survivors.

Years in practice: 5+

Available: Weekdays, except Wed. In-person & online/telehealth.
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As an experienced psychosexual therapist, I specialise in helping individuals with relationship issues, and sexual difficulties, including intimacy and trust, trauma and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing support for navigating gendered, sexual, racial, neurodiversity, and cultural identities, who may experience discrimination or internalised stigma.


Centering unconditional positive regard, I work closely with the client to deeply explore how their past experiences, current situations,family background, and social elements of their lives have impacted their wellbeing. I then work together with the client to explore how they navigate life within their social and environmental surroundings, as well as how to establish an environment and support system that is conducive to growth and healthy self-esteem.


As a psychosexual therapist, I deeply value sex positivity, social justice and removing the stigma and social constraints surrounding mental health work. I also aim to move away from binary and the pathologisation of queerness and neurodiversity, and provide dedicated support for people who feel they fall outside of the margins of the dominant societal group.


Peer support towards queerness and neurodiversity is an important therapeutic element that I provide - living actively in the queer community and with neurodiversity myself, I am able to genuinely connect with others who may identify with similar experiences.


I work from a trauma-informed, ecological-environmental  and systemic framework to support survivors to thrive and enjoy healthy relationships. I am respectful and accepting of all forms of self-expression and diverse identities. In this way, my goal is to nurture self-compassion and to empower clients to make a sustainable positive impact on their wellbeing. I also offer EMDR therapy.


Sessions with me can be claimed on BUPA, AHM, ARGH and Medibank Private health insurance.

Qualifications

Degree: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, APAC. CMSc in Medicine (Psychosexual Therapy), USyd.

Membership: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia / Clinical Member

Certifications:  Sexual Attitude Reassessment 

Client Focus

Age: Adults, Adolescents

Types of clients: Individuals, Couples and Non-traditional relationships


Areas I work with

Specialties

  • Sexual wellbeing and intimacy

  • Kink aware therapy

  • Queer identities

  • Neurodivergence

  • Trauma

  • Relationships

  • Women’s issues

  • LGBTIQA+, 

  • Porn and substance use 

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