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Kate Dempsey

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I understand that talking about sensitive issues and especially sexual ones, can be difficult. My approach is both client-centered and strength-based. I provide a relaxed environment for people to speak openly about sex and their sexuality. My approach is non-judgemental and accepting of all experiences, expressions, identities, orientations and faiths.I practice an integrative approach to therapy and combine aspects of the following to assist clients in reaching their therapeutic goals: CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness Therapies, Psychosexual Education and Internal Family Systems (IFS).I have trained in the Internal Family Systems modality because I believe that this non-pathologising modality provides a respectful, client-empowering way to work with sexually traumatic events, deeply embedded unhelpful beliefs about the body and sex, as well as intense feelings of shame and humiliation around sexual issues.In addition to seeing clients privately, I believe in the importance of education and am deeply committed to community connection. As part of fulfilling this philosophy, I currently deliver Psychosexual Education as an embedded contractor to inpatients at a private psychiatric hospital and within a Trauma Recovery Program for people diagnosed with PTSD. I am a Certified IFS therapist and have experience being a Program Assistant for the IFS Level 2 IFIO training.I am an Honorary Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Medicine and Health in the Postgraduate Program for Sexual and Reproductive Health. I have been the Queensland Secretary for the Society of Australian Sexologists since 2022.

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