About us

Heide McConkey

M.A.I.P.C., M.A.C.A., M.P.C.A., ASSERT


  • Dip. Professional Counselling AIPC #FS3364A
  • Dip. Sexual Health Counselling, ASSERT, ACSHP
  • Clinical Sex Therapist, ASSERT NSW
  • Supervisor, College Of Supervisors ACA #COS2409
  • Founder and Director of Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia (ASAA) and Affirmotive Sex And Relationship Therapy ABN 46 997 766 505


  • Dip.Professional Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) #FS3364A
  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) #GMSF3364A
  • Professional Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)#2409
  • Registered Supervisor of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)#COS2409
  • Professional Member of the Professional Counselling Association of the ACT and NSW Inc. (PCA)#135
  • Member of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. #2017289
  • Dip.Sexual Health Counselling Post Graduate Studies, Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers, and Therapists (ASSERT) and the Australian College of Sexual Health Physicians (ACSHP), Sydney Hospital.
  • Sexual Health and Erectile Dysfunction Telephone Counselling with Impotence Australia.
  • Accredited Professional Member of the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT NSW).
  • Committee Member of the Australian Society of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT) 2004-2011.
  • Committee Member World Congress Sydney, World Association of Sexologists (WAS), 2007.
  • Advanced Training Voice Dialogue; The Psychology of the Aware Ego, the Psychology of the Selves, and Voice Dialogue, with Dr Hal Stone and Dr Sidra Stone, USA, and the Australian Institute for Relational Training, Melbourne.
  • Senior Voice Dialogue Facilitator.
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Training Module 1, International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP) USA, 2016.
  • Ongoing Professional Education and Clinical Supervision, adhering to Industry regulations and requirements.

Heide is an experienced Professional Sex and Relationship Counsellor and a qualified Clinical Sex Therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She has specialised in professional treatments for male and female hypersexual disorder, sexual addiction, sexual compulsive behaviours, sexual betrayal trauma treatment, sexual orientation, gender diversity, sexual function and dysfunction, and sexual health counselling.


Heide is a Consultant, Speaker, Media Commentator and Conference Presenter. She has featured as an invited guest in a number of TV shows and Radio programs, including ABC National Radio and SBS World News, and she writes blogs and makes regular contributions to Magazine and Newspaper articles. On the 28th of April 2017 Heide has featured as an invited guest in the ABC 2 TV show Life Hack – Sex Addicts.

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  • ‘Voice Dialogue In Sex Therapy’ is an experimental intervention tool for the treatment of sexual addictions, sexual compulsion and sexual dysfunctions. This self-authored model was first presented by Heide McConkey at the ACA National Conference, Brisbane 16 – 17 October 2004, and the ASSERT National Conference Sexology, Sydney 4 – 5 December 2004.
  • Voice paper ‘The Brain And Porn, Treatment Models for Pornography Addiction’ presented at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Sydney, 9-11 September 2014.
  • Workshop ‘Understanding & Treating Sexual Addiction As A Mental Health Issue’ presented at the AISHM (Australian Institute Of Sexual Health Medicine) conference in Sydney, 2-3 October 2015.


  • Endorsed by South Pacific Private Psychiatric Hospital, Sydney, as preferred Service Provider.