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.
Dr Susi Fox
MBBS (Hons)/BA, DRANZCOG (Adv), FRACGP (GradDip Rural), Member Society of Australian Sexologists, Member Sexual Health Society of Victoria, Member Australian Society of Psychological Medicine
Dr Susi Fox is an experienced GP and sex therapist with special interests in women’s, LGBTIQA+ and mental health.
At SHIPS, Susi brings her warm, compassionate and non-judgemental approach to therapy for sexual difficulties including as low libido, orgasm difficulties and sexual pain, as well as associated mental health concerns. Using approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Self-Compassion and Family Therapy, Susi provides a therapeutic space for transformation towards a fulfilling, rich and meaningful life. Please note Susi provides sex therapy and associated mental health counselling rather than general GP services at SHIPS.
Anastasia is our Receptionist and Administration Officer.
With previous experience working in the legal industry, studies in Psychology and Human Rights, Anastasia is passionate about promoting human welfare. She is interested in combating the stigma surrounding sexuality and intimacy issues and advancing treatment accessibility. Anastasia creates a welcoming atmosphere at SHIPS, ensuring all client needs are handled with efficiency and care.