Dr Sarah Ashton
BA Psych (Hons), PhD (Preventive Medicine), MAPS, Member of Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), Member of Sexual Health Society of Victoria
Dr Sarah Ashton is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), researcher, and the Director and Founder of SHIPS. She has presented her research on pornography at Australian and international conferences and regularly writes articles for The Conversation. She is also the Coordinator for the Victorian Sexual and Mental Health Network. Sarah sees reducing shame around sexuality as her personal and professional purpose.
Sarah brings 10 years of experience, warmth and respect to the therapeutic space. Sarah’s approach to therapy is elective and adaptive, utilising Schema Therapy, Sensate Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT) depending on the client need.
Sarah has successfully treated a range of sexual issues including erectile difficulties, pornography addiction, sexual pain (such as vaginismus) and difficulties with orgasm. She understands and supports diverse relationship structures (such as polyamory and non-monogamy) and sexual practices (such as kink) and advocates for sexual autonomy. Sarah also has extensive experience treating issues related to sexual trauma and violence.
B.Psych (Hons), Voc Grad Dip Relationship Counselling, Master of Professional Psychology, MAPS
Jasmin is a generally registered psychologist with AHPRA. Jasmin takes a person-centred approach informed by each client’s unique needs, beliefs, values and potential for growth and healing. This results in an empathetic, collaborative therapeutic style with a focus on strengths-based counselling. Jasmin sees long and short term clients, drawing upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Jasmin has a special interest in relationships and sex. She helps individuals and their partner/s identify and explore themselves in order to build strong, lasting relationships. She believes that awareness of our individual needs, emotions, thoughts and patterns of relating move us towards making meaningful changes in our lives
B. Social Science (Hons), B. Law (Hons), Masters of Psychology (Clinical)
Grace is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Grace provides clinical care that is person-centred, empathic, non-judgemental, holistic, and collaborative. She holds personal values of equality, inclusion, autonomy and connection, and values the immense privilege of supporting her clients to reach their goals. Grace understands that sex, intimacy and relationships can be hard to talk about- providing a safe and supportive space for her clients is her upmost priority.
Grace holds a special interest and passion for working with fertility, pregnancy and parenting issues, and supporting individuals who belong to the LGBTIQA+ community. She has experience in the following areas: depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, health concerns, chronic pain, pre and postnatal symptomology, substance use disorders, addictions, grief, loss, shame, and work-related issues. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and older adults, and has worked in both a health and forensic setting.
BA Psych and Gender Studies
Tessa is our Administration, Social Media and Marketing Officer.
With 11 years of experience co-facilitating and fostering positive growth within support services both internationally and domestically, Tessa is passionate about supporting individuals to feel empowered in asking for help and accessing community. Currently completing her postgraduate degree in Sexology, she is particularly interested in LGBTIQ+ issues and the intricacies of sexual intimacy.