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)