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About Alyona

Welcome! I am Alyona, a registered counsellor, couples and sex therapist, and teacher.


I came to couples therapy after a 15-year career in international marketing when I realized that professional success feels empty without healthy relationships.


Always being a helper at heart and a student by nature, I decided to add to my existing 9 years of university education (I hold a teaching degree and a Bachelor's in International Business) 3 more years: a Master of Counselling (Monash) and a Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (University of Sydney).


I teach at Monash University, where I am also working on my PhD in misattributed paternity. I lived on three continents and speak three languages. 


In 2019, I started ALY'S PLACE, a counselling practice specialising in couples and family relationships. Today, I work with a team of passionate professional counsellors, all of whom I had the pleasure and the privilege to train in couples therapy. 

As a sex therapist, I lead Peninsula Sexology, a professional sexuality counselling service in Mornington.


I practice on the Mornington Peninsula, where I live with my husband Ian, son Evan and dog Cora. 


  • Master of Counselling (Monash)

  • Graduate Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health (University of Sydney)

  • Specialist Diploma in Education (Tula)

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business (Baden-Wuerttemberg)

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