Mental Health Accredited Social Worker, Clinical Sexologist/Psychosexual Counsellor
Martin is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Sexologist who brings a depth of insight, experience and training to his work, making for a real, practical and enriching counselling experience. With over 10 years’ experience, Martin’s practice draws on philosophical principles seen in Humanistic approaches such as client-centred, narrative and existential therapy. Providing a tailored service to his clients, Martin incorporates evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behaviours Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to achieve the best outcome for his clients.
With a safe, sensitive and naturally warm manner, Martin allows the space for lightness to be found in even the heaviest or distressing of places, allowing for acceptance, growth, healing and expansion. Martin provides both generalist counselling support and specialist counselling at Macquarie Street, Prahran.
Martin’s career has seen him work as a counsellor and social worker quite literally on the streets, working with people who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough, to providing more generalist services in community mental health, to working in higher education as a counsellor and manager of a University counselling service. With a broad range of experience, Martin is very comfortable working with people from all walks of life and with a variety of presenting problems. Common problems that Martin can work with include:
- Low self-esteem / low self-worth
- Developing assertiveness / claiming oneself in difficult situations
- Depression and low moods
- Anxiousness and anxiety
- Acceptance and letting go
- Changing unwanted behaviours
- Facing crossroads and embracing new steps
- Disordered eating / body image
- Relationship difficulties
Martin is also experienced working with people from multi-faith backgrounds and is able to tailor his sessions to work within most client’s religious and/or philosophical frameworks.
Martin is also trained as a Clinical Sexologist, which specialises him in working in the field of sexual dysfunction and sex therapy. Sex therapy or psychosexual therapy* looks at the psychological factors which can get in the way of one’s sexual function and overall sense of sexual health and wellbeing. Common problems Martin can work with include:
⁃ Premature or delayed ejaculation
⁃ Erectile dysfunction
⁃ Performance anxiety
⁃ Vaginismus or painful intercourse
⁃ Sexual problems after illness or surgery
⁃ Compulsive sexual behaviours
⁃ Low libido
- Difficulties associated with living with HIV and STIs
Martin has a long history of working with LGBTIQAP+ communities, from providing outreach in Melbourne’s sex clubs, to rapid HIV & STI screening, to managing events, coordinating community development projects and providing specialist counselling services. Martin operates under the principles of a sex positive, gender and sexuality affirming practice and provides a safe and supportive space for those working in the sex industry.
Masters of Science in Medicine (Sexual & Reproductive Health) Psychosexual Counselling
Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
Cert IV in Training & Assessment
The cost of a 50-minute consultation with Martin is $180, which is payable at the end of the session by cash, debit, or credit card. If referred by a G.P. along with a Mental Health Care Plan, or by a psychiatrist, you will receive a rebate of $77.80 per session via Medicare. This will be processed at the end of each session. Up to 10 Medicare-rebated sessions can be claimed per calendar year.
*Please note that sex therapy/psychosexual counselling is a professional psychological treatment/counselling approach that involves no hands on, touching or de-robing of any form. Sex therapy or sex positive practice is not a ‘sex service’, however is supportive of people who choose to work in the sex industry.