Sex and pleasure can be the best part, or the most challanging part of your self or relationship.

Why? Because sexuality is complex. It is made up of psychological, physical, cultural or relationship factors. Sexuality will also change as we develop through life stages, and be affected by common medications and health conditions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines sexual health as: “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

At AISSM we know that adequate sex education is hard to come by, leaving many people struggling to know how to have a great and healthy sex life. We prioritise the importance of sexual and relational communication. How to discuss likes, dislikes and boundaries with sexual partners.

Relationships and sex life are intricately linked, and at AISSM we look at the individual and/or couple as a whole picture. Providing a safe space where we can assess your life as a whole, and how we can assist you in reaching your goals of fun, pleasurable and safe sexuality.

Common Questions

  • My partner wants to have sex more often than I do
  • Our desires are different
  • We would like to get more out of our relationship
  • I would like to know more about sexual health
  • Sex is difficult! I have a sexual problem or my partner has a sexual problem
  • My partner and I are growing apart
  • I don’t have an intimate relationship
  • I have issues or problems that interfere with sex and relationships
  • My illness is effecting my sex life or my relationship
  • My medications are effecting my sex life or my relationship


AISSM therapists provide support, education and empowering advice across a wide range of sexual health concerns. AISSM offers private individual and couples counselling sessions at their offices in Malvern and Carlton, Victoria. Online sex therapy sessions are also available.