About Desiree Spierings
Experience: With over 15 years of experience in the field, Desiree Spierings is a leading Relationship Counsellor and Sex Therapist. She has a BA/Psychology from Macquarie University (Sydney), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University, and a Master Health Sciences/Sexual Health from Sydney University.
She loves to share her knowledge with a broad audience, because she believes everyone deserves the chance to a happy life with meaningful relationships, and a healthy dose of intimacy.
Media: Desiree was the co-host on the ABC1 TV series ‘Making Couples Happy’. Desiree makes regular appearances in the media, including TV/Radio/podcasts and live streams, as an expert on relationships and sex.
Talks: Desiree regularly speaks at conferences, education sessions, and lectures, and gives presentations to healthcare professionals, schools, businesses, and the community. She was an Honorary Associate Lecturer of the Graduate Program in Sexual Health Faculty of Health Sciences Sydney University in 2010.
Education: Desiree has a BA/Psychology from Macquarie University, a PG/Dip in Psychology from Macquarie University, a Master Health Sciences/Sexual Health from Sydney University. Her PG/Dip research was on the subject of rejection.
Personal: I was born in The Netherlands and arrived in Australia over 20 years ago. I am happily married to a Dutchman, and have four children (3 boys and a girl). My immigration sparked my interest in the cultural differences when it comes to attitudes, norms, and values around relationships and intimacy.
I believe it is important to recognise that there is no ‘normal’ and that normality is defined by individuals depending on their culture, religion, personality, upbringing, language, sex, sexuality and creativity. This is what keeps me motivated and interested in my work, since I meets different kinds of ‘normal’ every day.
Passion: My true passion is to spread my knowledge on relationships and intimacy to a broad audience, and in the process really having an impact on people’s lives. I am here to help. I am also extremely grateful to have our community of over 70,000 people on Instagram, and humbled by all the positive feedback I receive. Thank you so much!
Desiree Says: "Every relationship can encounter difficulties, even the very best ones, and this is nothing to be ashamed of. In the course of your life, many challenges will be thrown at you and/or your partner, but it is about how you then go about dealing with those challenges that can truly make a world of difference.
I sincerely believe that it is important for all of us to look at ourselves within, that you love the relationship you have with yourself first and foremost and that you can recognize and be at peace with your own strengths and weaknesses. Once you have a solid understanding of who you are, you can only then truly bring meaning and love into your own life and into your partner's life. Relationship Wellness' aim is to assist you with learning to incorporate and maintain coping skills, and provide various tools in order to deal with the challenges life might bring."