The service is available to individuals, couples and families (for those identifying as part of SHINE SA’s Communities of Interest).
Our Sexual Health Counsellors also run therapeutic groups and provide advice and referral on sexual health related concerns. You can come in to see us on your own or with a partner or support person. It’s up to you.
All services are confidential. (There are exceptions to confidentiality. Please refer to Client rights and discuss with your counsellor.)
SHINE SA are committed to the safety of our clients, community and staff. We endeavour to provide continued care to our clients where possible as we respond to COVID-19.
Until further notice, SHINE SA’s Sexual Health Counsellors will only be providing phone counselling.
There is no face-to-face counselling at present.
To make an appointment for phone counselling, please call 8300 5300.
Thank you for support and understanding during this time.
Sexual Health Counsellors at SHINE SA provide a non-judgmental, supportive and confidential service for you to talk about whatever sexual health related concerns you might have. It’s really about having conversations that can help you and getting information that you need. You will only have to discuss things you are comfortable with.
Counselling is provided for concerns related to sexual health. These include:
The sexual health counsellor will be able to refer you to another service if there is a more appropriate service for your concerns.
Our services are provided mainly for people 30 years and under.
Services are free for all clients 30 years and under.
For clients over 30 years from one of SHINE SA’s Communities of Interest, who hold a Health Care Card, there is a $20 fee per session. If they do NOT hold a Health Care Card the fee is $50 per session.
Free interpreting can be arranged. Please let us know what you require when booking your appointment (for example, if you want a male or female interpreter).
A sexual health counsellor is available for appointments during work hours. The days and times vary for each location, so please contact us to find out when counselling is available in your area.
There may be a waiting time for appointments, as there is often a high demand for counselling.
However, some issues such as unplanned pregnancy are considered a priority, so make sure you let us know it is urgent when you call.
For counselling locations, see Find a Clinic.
To make an appointment call 8300 500.
Rural clients can phone to arrange for a telephone counselling appointment. You will be asked to call SHINE SA at the pre-arranged time to ‘check-in’ for your appointment (but you can negotiate having the counsellor call you back for the session if you need).
We prefer self-referrals, but referrals may be made from parents, caregivers or teachers as long as the young person is requesting and consents to a service and understands it is a counselling appointment that has been booked.