About Desiree Spierings
Desiree Spierings is the Director of Sexual Health Australia and is a qualified and experienced Sex Therapist and Relationship Counsellor.
She has a BA/Psychology from Macquarie University, a PG/Dip in Psychology from Macquarie University, a Master Health Sciences/Sexual Health from Sydney University and she is currently conducting her literature review for her PhD. Additionally, one of her priorities is to keep up to date with the latest approaches in relationship counselling and sex therapy by attending workshops and conferences on a regular basis. Please check out her educational background below for more detailed information.
On a Personal Note
Desiree was born in The Netherlands and arrived in Australia over 13 years ago. She is happily married to a Dutchman an has two children. Her immigration sparked her interest in the cultural differences between sexual attitudes, norms and values. She believes it is important to recognize that there is no ‘normal' sexuality and that normality is defined by individuals depending on their sex, sexuality, culture, religion, personality, upbringing, language and creativity. This is what keeps her motivated and interested in her work, since she meets different kinds of 'normal' everyday.
Desiree advocates safe, good and pleasurable sexual and relationship health for everyone.
If you would like to contact Desiree Spierings directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every relationship can encounter difficulties, even the very best ones, and this is nothing to be ashamed of. In the course of your life, many challenges will be thrown at you and/or your partner, but it is about how you then go about dealing with those challenges that can truly make a world of difference.
I sincerely believe that it is important for all of us to look at ourselves within, that you love the relationship you have with yourself first and foremost and that you can recognize and be at peace with your own strengths and weaknesses. Once you have a solid understanding of who you are, you can only then truly bring meaning and love into your own life and into your partner's life. Counselling can also assist you with learning to incorporate and maintain coping skills in order to deal with the various challenges life will bring.
Your sexuality is such an important part of who you are and has a profound effect on your overall happiness, health, and well-being. Being comfortable with who you are as a sexual being and being able to express that freely and safely will enlighten you. Sexuality also plays a significant role in being at ease with intimacy in a relationship, which is so important in order to get close with your partner and to create a strong, loveable, and lasting bond. Relationship issues and sexual problems are closely intertwined in that; sexual problems can create relationship issues, and relationship issues can create sexual problems. Therefore, I tend to take a holistic approach in my counselling sessions and take into account both the relationship dynamic and the specific sexual factors that may play a role.
I stand and fight for Healthy Sexuality and Relationships for ALL; whatever your age, relationship status, gender, sexuality or physical ability. Every single one of us is entitled to good, safe, and pleasurable sexual and relationship health.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Master Health Sciences/Sexual Health
Foundational Leadership Program
GP Training Accreditation Course, Sydney
Recent PD Workshops and Conferences:
ANZTZA – Assessment & Management in Sexually Abusing Families
ASSERT NSW Education Meeting – Psychosexual Impact of Gynaecological Cancers
Pfizer Conference - Uroscience
ASSERT ACT Education Meeting – Brain Sex, Love or Lust Human Sexuality & Emotions
ASSERT NSW Education Meeting – Adult Male Sexual Assault
ASSERT NSW Education Meeting – Sexual Complacency in Long Term Relationships
ASSERT NSW Education Meeting – Desire Discrepancies
ASSERT NSW 2008 Conference
ASSERT NSW Education Meeting - Menopause & Healthy Aging