Monica Cook is a qualified sexologist holding a Masters of Sexual and Reproductive Health (Psychosexual Therapy) through the University of Sydney. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication and Advanced Medical Research Degree (PhB Science) with Honours. She is an active member of the Society of Australian Sexologists, a subcommittee board member for the Australasian Institute for Reproductive and Restorative Medicine and accredited through the Australian Council for Natural Family Planning.
Monica has many years of experience delivering sex and fertility education to a range of audiences through her work at Family Planning NSW, Anglican Deaconess Ministries and CatholicCare. She has also worked more broadly in health education at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and University of New South Wales.
She is passionate about providing honest, clear and current information to foster sexual and reproductive wellness for individuals and couples, particularly those from multicultural backgrounds and diverse faith backgrounds. She gathers from a broad range of scientific disciplines, resources, strategies, approaches and techniques to provide sex counselling that is sensitive and transformative.
Her approach is a holistic one that considers the physical, psychological and social dimensions of these topics providing a safe space for individuals or couples to explore their sexuality knowing their values will be respected and acknowledged.
Common issues include:
Difficulty maintaining a healthy sex life after having children (or through other changing circumstances such as infertility, illness or ageing)
Ineffective communication around sex
Mismatched libidos or low libido
Painful sex (dyspareunia, vaginismus, vulvodynia)
Pornography or sex addiction
Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation
Difficulties with orgasm and arousal
Understanding menstrual cycles and charting
Challenges around how religion, faith and cultural practices intersect with sexuality