Richmond (Tanner St)


Sex Therapy

  • Lauren B
    Lauren B

    Sex Therapist Melbourne

    BA, BSc, MScMed – Psychosexual Therapy

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Richmond, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Terry Real Level One, RLT, Relational Life Model;
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    Areas of Interest

    Sexual health and dysfunction, libido or desire difficulty, STI diagnosis, recovery from sexual trauma, intimacy coaching, sexual pain, infidelity, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, porn-addiction, endometriosis, inability to orgasm, sex after cancer and re-igniting your sexual spark.


    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Non-judgemental
    • Knowledgeable
    • Understanding
    • Supportive
    • Excellent counsellor

    *Currently offering Online Counselling appointments only*

    Lauren is a sex therapist and relationship counsellor with a focus on supporting clients toward positive sexual expression and authentic relationships. Lauren is a qualified counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and is registered with the Society of Australian Sexologists. Lauren’s approach is warm, open, non-judgemental, solution-focused and evidence-based.

    Lauren has experience supporting clients through concerns with sexual orientation, gender identity, navigating relationships, libido concerns, infidelity, porn-addiction, kink, sexual difficulties or pain and intimacy coaching. Lauren enables couples to overcome a range of relationship issues, in addition to sexual concerns. With experience in disability, trauma-informed-practice, aged care and reproductive health, Lauren empowers clients from broad range of backgrounds.

    Lauren draws from research-based practice, coupled with the latest treatment modalities including Gottman Gestalt and CBT, to provide industry-standard client plans. Lauren believes that everyone deserves the right to safe and pleasurable sexual experiences and is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their goals. When Lauren’s not spending her time with clients enlivening their sex lives, she enjoys live music, vintage and courtyard gardening.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    I have worked in healthcare for 7 years with a focus on reproductive health, and I have practised sex and relationship therapy for two years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    • Warm and inviting energy
    • Evidence-based treatment planning
    • Goal oriented approach
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Seeing clients grow in confidence and knowledge about their sexuality and well-being. Working alongside clients to achieve their sexual and relationship goals through real change and developing the tools to continue these benefits throughout the rest of their lives. I love it when I hear that clients have improved even after their sessions as the real test of therapy, is how it works in your real life.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    I have facilitated many couples to find intimacy and reconnect in the chaos of their demanding lives. I have also assisted couples to find peace through healthily ending a relationship. Most commonly, couples need a safe space to communicate, work through issues, develop new love tactics and the opportunity for an expert share a fresh perspective to shift them out of that rut.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Parking is available for 1 and 2 hours in Tanner street and the surrounding side streets.

    The building has a lift, so wheelchair access is possible.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552
  • Mariel

    Registered Psychologist Melbourne

    BA (Psych); BA (Hons); Doctor Couns Psych; MAPS

    Hart Centre Certified

    • Richmond, Melbourne, VIC
    Specialised Training
    • Relationship Therapy Methodologies Program by The Hart Centre
    • Relational Life Institute Level 1 training by Terry Real
    • Couples and Asperger’s Syndrome Counselling Skills and Strategies, Tony Attwood
    • Sex and Relationships, Barry McCarthy
    Areas of Interest
    • fertility
    • pregnancy
    • same sex couples
    • young couples
    • couples with young families
    • senior couples
    • extended families/in-laws
    • affairs
    • couples in business
    • grief and loss/trauma
    • anxiety, depression
    • bi-polar, narcissistic personality, borderline personality,
    • addictions
    • sexual trauma
    Described by Hart clients as:
    • Very warm
    • Caring

    Mariel is a registered psychologist with over 19 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, families, and elderly clients. She helps her clients develop therapeutic goals and works with them to achieve lasting change. Drawing on her own experience of life transitions, she brings a personal perspective to counselling, helping people from different cultural backgrounds.

    Mariel’s friendly and practical approach creates a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore difficulties and realise positive change. She is exceptionally qualified in couples counselling, and in helping couples sort through the issues and dysfunctional patterns that prevent them enjoying their relationships. She believes that the nearly all troubled relationships can be assisted to regain the openness, joy and flow that are the hallmarks of health.

    Mariel’s doctoral thesis was on migration and the psychological identities that this experience creates. She tutored in psychology at Swinburne University and counselled at the university’s Psychology Clinic. She was also a crisis counsellor at a suicide line. In her early career she worked in community settings, counselling families and individuals dealing with child protection and parenting, suicide risk, mental health and relationships issues. Later she supported those living with dementia, their families and carers, through counselling and educational activities targeting the general public and volunteers.

    For the last decade Mariel has worked in private practice and for the last seven years she has specialised in couples counselling and family counselling. She has helped couples with relationship difficulties better manage the personal issues with children and family during marriage, separation, and divorce.

    Mariel is fluent in Spanish.

    Mariel’s areas of expertise
    Mariel has experience and training in assisting clients with a broad spectrum of presenting concerns, including:

    – Relationships – communication, infidelity, and relationship dissatisfaction
    – Family breakdown, including divorce and related difficulties
    – Parenting and family issues
    – Support for families and carers affected by mental illness or physical illness
    – Peri- and post-natal depression
    – Depression
    – Grief and loss
    – Anxiety, including social anxiety
    – Generalised anxiety and perfectionism
    – Obsessions and compulsions
    – Post-traumatic stress
    – Self-esteem
    – Stress and burnout
    – Difficulties of adjustment to life transitions
    – Career challenges – return from parental leave, career change, redundancy
    – Work/life balance
    – Working with cultural diversity, cultural values and beliefs

    Therapeutic approaches
    Depending on her client’s needs and preferences Mariel uses a variety of evidence-based approaches including:

    – Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples (EFT)
    – Gottman Marital Therapy
    – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    – Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    – Narrative therapy
    – Schema Therapy
    – Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

    Parking & Accessibility

    Parking is available for 1 and 2 hours in Tanner street and the surrounding side streets.

    The building has a lift, so wheelchair access is possible.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552