Welcome to our Adult
Gender & Sexology Clinic

The Adult Gender & Sexology Clinic provides culturally aware, non-judgmental, and evidence-based therapy to sexuality and gender-diverse individuals.

Find out more about our approach

Gender Dysphoria/Gender Identity in Adults

We provide evidence-based and culturally aware therapies for gender-diverse adults. Areas we specialise in include:

  • Dealing with minority stress (e.g., discrimination and stigma related to being gender diverse)
  • Exploring one’s gender identity and managing gender dysphoria
  • Navigating gender identity milestones (e.g., coming out to friends, family, and work colleagues)
  • Information and counselling regarding gender-related hormonal and surgical interventions
  • Letters for gender-affirming medical interventions based WPATHv8 guidelines
  • Navigating detransition or retransition
  • Negotiating relationships and dating as a gender-diverse person

Sexual Identity

We provide therapy for people with diverse sexual orientations, that is respectful, culturally sensitive, and informed by the latest scientific and clinical developments in the field. Our clinicians are experienced in supporting you with issues directly related to sexual identity:

  • Exploring your sexual identity
  • Dealing minority stress (e.g., homophobia or biphobia)
  • Internalised shame about your sexual orientation
  • Navigating same-gender relationships and mixed orientation relationships
  • General life stressors and mental health issues with a therapist who is queer-affirmative

Sexual Dysfunction & Disorders

We provide evidence-based therapies for a range of sexual problems, including:

  • Painful sex (e.g. vulvodynia, vaginismus, pain with penetration)
  • Desire discrepencies
  • Paraphilias that may be causing you distress
  • Sex and pornography addiction
  • Compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature or delayed ejaculation
  • Anorgasmia (difficulty with orgasm)
  • Living with sexually transmissible illnesses
  • Experiencing sex after trauma
  • Navigating sex after gender-affirming medical interventions
  • Body image concerns that contribute to sexual difficulty (e.g. concerns around appearance of genitals)
  • Navigating sex after transitions such as childbirth and menopause

Our Approach:

Our clinicians are experienced clinical psychologists/psychologists who have expertise in modalities such as CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. In addition, we have extensive knowledge and experience working with sexuality and gender.

Our clinic also has a commitment to evidence-based practice. Dr Morandini has published extensively on matters of gender/sexuality in psychology, and we keep afield of the latest cultural, scientific, and clinical developments in our field.

Below are some recent publications the area of sexuality/gender by our Dr Morandini:

Morandini, J. S., Kelly, A., de Graaf, N. M., Carmichael, P., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2022).Shifts in demographics and mental health co-morbidities among gender dysphoric youth referred to a specialist gender dysphoria service. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 27(2), 480-491.

Morandini, J. S., Menzies, R. E., Moreton, S. G., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2022). Do Beliefs About Sexual Orientation Predict Sexual Identity Labeling Among Sexual Minorities? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-16.

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., & Dar-Nimrod, I. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-022-02465-7 3. Who adopts queer and pansexual sexual identities?. (2017). The Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 911-922. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2016.1249332

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., Ross, M. W., Costa, D. S., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2015). Essentialist beliefs, sexual identity uncertainty, internalized homonegativity and psychological wellbeing in gay men. ournal of counseling psychology, 62(3), 413. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000072

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., Dar‐Nimrod, I., & Ross, M. W. (2015). Minority stress and community connectedness among gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians: a comparison of rural and metropolitan localities. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 39(3), 260-266. https://doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12364

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., Costa, D. S., Godwin, A., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Born this way: Sexual orientation beliefs and their correlates in lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of counseling psychology, 64(5), 560. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000209

Lynch, K. E., Morandini, J. S., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Griffiths, P. E. (2019). Causal reasoning about human behavior genetics: synthesis and future directions. Behavior Genetics, 49(2), 221-234. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-018-9909-z

Morandini, J. S., Pinkus, R. T., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2018). Does partner gender influence relationship quality among non-monosexual women? Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 33(1-2), 146-165. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2017.1419568

Hunt, C. J., Morandini, J., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Barlow, F. K. (2020). Why do some gay men identify as “straight-acting” and how is it related to well-being? Archives of sexual behavior, 49(5), 1713-1723. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01702-1

Morandini, J. S., Veldre, A., Holcombe, A. O., Hsu, K., Lykins, A., Bailey, J. M., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2019).Visual attention to sexual stimuli in mostly heterosexuals. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(5), 1371-1385. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1419-4

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Morandini, J. S., Dacosta, L., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2021). Exposure to continuous or fluid theories of sexual orientation leads some heterosexuals to embrace less-exclusive heterosexual orientations. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-94479-9

Dacosta, L., Pinkus, R. T., Morandini, J., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2021). Condom use during COVID-19: Findings from an Australian sample of heterosexual young adults. Sexologies, 30(1), e43-e48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2020.12.007

Morandini, J., Strudwick, J., Menzies, R., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2022). Differences between Australian bisexual and pansexual women: an assessment of minority stressors and psychological outcomes. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2100717

Lane, A. S., Lynch, K. E., Arnold, M., Dar-Nimrod, I., Morandini, J., Gawronski, S. A., & Griffiths, P. E. (2022). The undue influence of genetic information on medical students' treatment decisions.medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.10.31.22281782

Ganesan, A., Morandini, J. S., Veldre, A., Hsu, K. J., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2020). Ethnic differences in visual attention to sexual stimuli among Asian and White heterosexual women and men Personality and Individual Differences, 155, 109630. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.109630

Dar-Nimrod, I., Kuntzman, R., MacNevin, G., Lynch, K., Woods, M., & Morandini, J. (2021).Genetic essentialism: The mediating role of essentialist biases on the relationship between genetic knowledge and the interpretations of genetic information.European Journal of Medical Genetics, 64(1), 104-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/

Dar-Nimrod, I., MacNevin, G., Godwin, A., Lynch, K., Cohen, T. M., Ganesan, A., & Morandini, J. (2018).Genetic knowledge within a national Australian sample: Comparisons with other diverse populations.Public Health Genomics, 21(3-4), 133-143. https://doi.org/10.1159/000496381

Morandini, J. S., Spence, B., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Lykins, A. D. (2020).Do bisexuals have a bisexual viewing pattern?Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(2), 489-502. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-01514-y

Morandini, J. S., Kelly, A, de Graaf, N., Dar-Nimrod, I., & Carmichael, P (2021).Is Social Gender Transition Associated with Mental Health Status in Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria?.(under review)

Dar-Nimrod, I., Kuntzman, R., MacNevin, G., Lynch, K., Woods, M., & Morandini, J. (2021).Can listeners recognise the voices of bisexual men.Journal of Sex Research. (provisionally accepted).