My Counselling Team

Finding the perfect counsellors for my practice was my top priority. I was seeking therapists who embody expertise in trauma, family and childhood stories, sex, and alternative relationship styles. It’s crucial to find therapists whose values align closely with mine and yours. These values include a commitment to your journey, sessions at your pace, discussing topics that matter to you, and understanding your goals and aspirations. Therapists who can sit with you and your partner/s and help you navigate overwhelming emotions and stories.

Let’s meet Cheryl and Bel.

Words from Cheryl

Going through a life-changing event was quite a journey for me. I felt like I was navigating through a storm of emotions, just trying to make sense of the wreckage that was left behind. As I’ve been sorting through all these feelings, I’ve come to realise just how much it all impacts not only my relationships but also my intimacy and sexuality. Instead of letting the pain consume me, I chose to delve deeper into understanding myself. It wasn’t easy, but with each step forward, I gained a newfound depth of insight and understanding. It was raw and intense, but also been eye-opening.

Cheryl - Couples therapist for Kellie Sheldon Trauma and Sex Counsellor

Having worked with families, couples, and children for over 15 years, I’ve gained insights into how trauma influences our connections with others and shapes our expressions, including our sexuality. It’s like untangling a ball of knotted yarn, each string representing a past event or emotion. These threads intertwine between my traumas, past relationships, and sexuality, mirroring the complexities I see in those I counsel. It’s often easier to understand others’ struggles from an outside perspective, but I’ve also felt the same emotions you experience. I understand the importance of showing up for you in the counselling room and providing the support and insight you need.

Exploring the realms of sex, kink, BDSM, and alternative relationship styles is like second nature to me. In fact, I’m even toying with the idea of writing my own steamy novel, ‘Cornered’! Despite my ‘vanilla’ appearance, I am anything but ordinary – I’m diving headfirst into the world of kink right alongside you!

Cheryl brings 15 years of expansive experience to my practice. Her commitment to understanding relationships and attachment styles is second to none and she has completed Gottman level 1 training in couples therapy, which, combined with her extensive experience in attachment styles and working with children, greatly enriches her ability to assist couples and groups. She recognises the significance of connection and the therapeutic relationship. You’ll witness her person-centred approach firsthand in your sessions with her. Cheryl describes her therapeutic style as “validating and gently challenging”.

Having an understanding of childhood development provides us with unique insights into adult life. Just as children need to play, integrating play therapy into adult therapeutic settings enables individuals to engage with therapy on a deeper level, allowing your inner child to participate in the healing process.

Words from Belinda

Hey there, fellow weirdo and survivor of life’s twists and turns.

If you’ve ever felt like your true self was hiding behind a facade, trust me, I’ve been there. But guess what? Embracing our quirks and passions is where the magic happens!

I’m Bel (short for Belinda) Catcheside, and yeah, I might look like your average yoga-loving, nose-ring-wearing gal from the outside. But let me tell you, there’s a whole lot more to my story! I’m a proud member of the BDSM and LGBTQI+ communities, and I’m all about promoting healthy, safe, and consensual relationships of all kinds.

But hey, I know that life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. If you’re carrying wounds from the past, please know that I see you, I hear you, and I’m here to support you every step of the way. It takes courage to confront our traumas, and I admire you for taking that step.

As we embark on this journey together, my counselling approach is rooted in empathy and validation. We’ll create a safe space where you can explore your experiences without judgment, where your feelings are acknowledged and respected. And as we gently unravel the layers of your story, we’ll also celebrate every moment of progress, no matter how small.

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Whether it’s learning how to feel in your body again, mindfulness practices, or simply lending an empathetic ear (within a therapeutic context), we’ll find the tools that resonate with you. Because healing isn’t just about addressing the pain; it’s also about reclaiming your strength and rewriting your narrative.

So, if you’re ready to fly your freak flag high and live your most authentic life, let’s connect. Because being a weirdo, it’s pretty awesome. And remember, no matter what you’ve been through, you deserve to live a life filled with love, joy, and authenticity

Introducing Bel

Bel brings a vibrant energy and expertise in polyvagal theory, DBT, parts work, and narrative therapy to our counselling practice. Beyond her professional skills, Bel’s authentic approach shines through her atypical lifestyle, proudly embracing her identity in the kink, poly/ethical non-monogamous, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Bel understands that you are not ‘broken’ – you are resilient individuals on a journey toward healing and self-discovery. She focuses on empowering you to reconnect with your body, self-regulate, and establish healthy boundaries in your relationships.

Bel’s client base is diverse, and she thrives on this richness of experiences. From survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence to individuals navigating neurodiversity or financial hardships, Bel is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space for everyone.

The added difference of my team

Cheryl and Bel will help you dive deep into the heart of your relationship, by nurturing communication, assisting in resolving conflicts and fostering emotional bonds in relationship and couples therapy using John Gottman’s framework. You’ll discover practical techniques to enrich your connection, from improving communication skills to deepening emotional intimacy. For those embarking on the intricate path of polyamorous relationships, where challenges of jealousy and boundaries arise, we provide compassionate support. Together, you can cultivate your friendships, nurture fondness, and build trust, paving the way to resilient, enriching relationships grounded in mutual respect and understanding.

Being an effective couples therapist means embracing open conversations about sex and its intricacies.

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