Sexology (Sexual Therapy)
Dave Wells is a Qualified Clinical Sexologist. Clinical sexologists hold advanced degrees (Masters) and are trained in thediagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. It is a highlytrained discipline that combines the resources of physiology, psychology,religion, anthropology (study of humans and human behaviour and societies inthe past and present), philosophy, biology, medicine, and sociology, withclinical sexology in providing sex therapy and counselling to persons withsexual problems.
Although Dave Wells is trained in‘Sexual Therapy’ (Sexology) for all genders, the service provided by Dave Wellsis specifically targeted to males and people who are diverse-gendered. Womenare more than welcome to also access ‘Dave Wells sexual therapy’ services, iftheir presenting issue/s is one that can be experienced by an individualregardless of their gender. For other areas of sexual health specific to womenwhere another professional maybe more appropriate, support with referrals canbe provided.
Sexual therapy/Sexology isdisproportionately made up of female service providers, which results innarrowing the options for males who are more comfortable with a male serviceprovider. In our society, many women are comfortable to talk to each other, aswell as access health services, whereas men are more likely to hide and try topersonally deal with any health matters and be less likely to access healthservices.
As for people who identify with adiverse gender, accessing health services can be a threatening experience, andservice providers who specialise in the health areas of diverse genderedpeople, are very limited. Many of the professional experiences of Dave Wellshas been aimed at males and diverse gendered people experiencing sexual,relationship, and societal/lifestyle-based difficulties.
Dave welcomes women to access hisSexual Therapy services if the person has a preference is for a male sexualtherapist, and if required, he has the privilege of collaborating with severalexcellent female sexologists if the female client requires referral.
Dave Wells has the best interests ofall people in mind, regardless of their diversities, and supports clients froma holistic (whole person) perspective, rather than looking only at thepresenting issue.
To keep in mind when accessing a professional for sexual and gender-related therapy:
The first point of contact for anybody who is concerned abouttheir Sexual health is their own GP. Many people who utilise a ClinicalSexologist are referred to us by their GP or Mental Health Specialists (E.g.,Psychologist, Psychiatrists, and Counsellors). Many sexology services are classedas ‘secondarycare’ whichmeans people have been referred to us from primary care (that is the firstpoint of contact you have with medical services when you have a healthproblem), although a referral from a primary caregiver to see a sexologist isnot necessary.
It is essential for all people whoare acquiring the services of a Sexologist or Sexual Therapist to ensure thatthe professional accessed holds the appropriate qualifications of a Master ofHealth Sciences in Sexual Therapies, or similar, which is only currentlyavailable at two Australian universities; The University of Sydney, and CurtinUniversity in Perth. It is your right to ensure that youare receiving the highest standard (Frontline) of support.
When people experience sexual andgender related difficulties, many automatically consider seeing a psychologistor counsellor. It is important to remember that unless the professional hasengaged in further training, or has gained from professional experience, thetraining to become a psychologist, or a counsellor, includes very littlecoverage of many of the topics covered by the area of Sexology.
Sexologists study a combination ofPsychology and Medicine to support people who experience sexual, relationship,and gender difficulties and where mental health and its treatments impact of aperson’s healthy sexual-being, then both professionals can collaborate in theaim of reaching the best outcomes for the participant.
Dave Wells promises to always referyou to the front-line professional to assist you with your presenting problemsif the presenting issue/s is outside of the scope of sexology or psychotherapy.This may result in another professional being more suited to your needs, or thesharing of the client between professionals, regardless, Dave Wells alwaystakes a ‘client centered approach’ to any decision making, and will always viewyour recovery as paramount.
There are also ‘peak bodies’ such asthe ‘Society of Australian Sexologists’ (SAS) (link to: https://societyaustraliansexologists.org.au/) and ASSERT NSW (link to: http://www.assertnsw.org.au/). Although thesetwo bodies promote qualified sexologists, it is not essential for qualifiedsexologists are registered.
Male and diverse gender sexual therapy
A Clinical Sexologist is trained to specialise and provide confidential and respectful support to clients in the aim of addressing sexual, relationship, and developmental concerns so that people can reach their full potential.
Although Dave Wells is trained in ‘Sexual Therapy’(Sexology) for all genders, the service provided by Dave Wells is specifically targeted to males, and for people who have a diverse gender. Females are welcome to also access ‘Dave Wells sexual therapy’ services, if the presenting issue/s includes a male, or person of diverse gender. Sexual therapy/Sexology is disproportionately made up of female service providers, which results in narrowing the options for males who are more comfortable with a male service provider. In our society, many women are comfortable to talk to each other, as well as access health services, whereas men are more likely to bury their concerns and try to personally deal with any health matters and be less likely to access health services.
As for people who identify with a diverse gender, accessing health services can be a threatening experience, and service providers who specialise in the health areas of diverse gendered people, are very limited. Dave Wells has worked extensively with males and diverse gendered people experiencing sexual and relationship difficulties.
Dave welcomes women to access his Sexual Therapy services if the person has a preference is for a male sexual therapist, and if required, he has the privilege of collaborating with several excellent female sexologist, if the female client requires referral.
Dave Wells has the best interests of all people in mind regardless of gender-identity and supports clients from a holistic (whole person) perspective, rather than looking only at the presenting issue.
ASSERT NSW (Australian Society Of Sex Educators Researchers and Therapists NSW
ASSERT NSW is a multi-disciplinary not-for-profit organisation that include counsellors, psychologists, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, social workers and other health care professionals involved in the field of human relations, especially sexology.
As a professional member of ASSERT, I am dedicated to the promotion of professional development and providing opportunities for people working in the field of human sexuality.
Founded in 1977 ASSERT NSW is a forum for the exchange of ideas, education, and research.
The ASSERT philosophy embraces the WAS Millennium Declaration of Sexual Rights that states that sexual rights are fundamental and universal rights.
World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
Dave Wells Sexual Therapy, Counselling and Training also abides by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) Declaration of Sexual Rights. This declaration views sexual rights as being fundamental and universal human rights:
- The right to sexual freedom
- The right to sexual autonomy, sexual integrity, and safety of the sexual body
- The right to sexual equity
- The right to sexual pleasure
- The right to emotional sexual expression
- The right to sexually associate freely
- The right to make free and responsible reproductive choices
- The right to sexual information based upon scientific inquiry
- The right to comprehensive sexuality education
- The right to sexual health care.
This holistic approach is augmented by consensual referral to appropriate health-care services and providers to address specialised areas that fall outside the skills of a sexologist.