Linda Kirkman:

Relationship skills for life

Bendigo sex therapy, counselling, professional development, and seminars on relationships and sexuality for all ages. Based in Bendigo, Victoria; will travel. Sex-positive and diversity-friendly.

An open-minded approach to sexuality and relationships counselling and education

Dr Linda Kirkman PhD is a sexologist; sex therapist, counsellor, sex educator and researcher. She is the current Victorian President of the Society of Australian Sexologists. Linda has a background in education and public health, and broad experience in public speaking, lecturing, writing and counselling as well as delivering workshops and seminars. 

About Linda

Linda believes that positive relationships and a healthy, happy sexuality are important for everyone’s wellbeing. Linda takes a sex-positive and diversity-friendly approach. She has been a counsellor for over 25 years in a range of settings. She has taught in secondary school, at university, and run workshop groups and seminars for people aged from 9 to 70. She has been developing curricula and teaching about sexuality and sexual health since 1990, and has conducted research into relationships, sexuality and sexual health at Masters and PhD level. Go here for copies of Linda's publications and conference presentations.

What is a sexologist?

Sexology means the multidisciplinary scientific study of human sexuality in all its diversity, including human sexual interests, meanings, behaviours and relationships. As a sexologist Linda's approach includes the biopsychosocial aspects of sexual health, and she keeps up to date with research from educational, sociological, medical and historical aspects of sexuality.

Where is Linda?

Linda is based in Bendigo, Australia. She can travel to deliver lectures, seminars or workshops. Sex therapy/counselling is based in Bendigo, or in Collingwood by arrangement. Zoom, Skype or telephone sessions are available.

Contact Linda to make a sex therapy appointment, discuss professional development, or plan a workshop. Use the contact form on this page, email linda@lindakirkman.org

or call 0419 402 373.


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Coming/recent events

LGBTIQ Inclusive Practice professional development

This PD, delivered with Harry Mc Anulty, aims to promote the well-being of LGBTIQ people in the community by promoting knowledge, understanding and skills in the wider community. Echuca session 28 Nov 2019 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Bookings via Eventbrite here

Interview with Libbi Gorr

Had a fun time discussing family surrogacy history with my niece Alice and sister Maggie. Interview here

About last night

Maureen Matthews consulted me on this recent column about a woman resuming relationships. Read it here

Pint of Science

I presented at the Bendigo event for Pint of Science on 22 May 2019, talking about baby boomers in friends-with-benefits relationships, based on my PhD.

Melbourne Writers Festival

The death (and rebirth) of sex,

1 pm, 25 August 2018, The Cube, ACMI

Interview on non-monogamy with Eva Rishon Ho


After my talk at SPARK Fest Rishon wanted to know more, and interviewed me about how I came to sexology (for the puns, obvs) and to explain about relationship terms. Text is here.

SPARK Festival, Singapore

I was an invited speaker at SPARK fest Asia in Singapore on May 19. It was fun to see all the exhibits and speakers, and the sex tech hackathon.

Feature in the local paper!

Local journalist Mark Kearney wrote a feature in the Bendigo Advertiser on me and the work I do in the world. Link here

Working well with LGBTIQ+ young people

Professional development for workers in youth residential homes on working well with young people around sexuality and gender.


Want a workshop? Ask me!

Call to discuss your needs for a workshop on aspects of sexuality, including talking to kids about sex, professional development for teachers or carers, sexuality and ageing--lots of possibilities. Call 0419 402 373 or use the contact form below.

Consulting with the UNFPA on sex education in East Timor

I have been to Dili to evaluate sex education in East Timor. Good sex ed makes a huge difference in population health and individual wellbeing. What is sex education like in your community? Can I help?

Radio interviews

Talking to Clare Bowditch on Radio Melbourne was awesome! We discussed people over 50 and friends-with-benefits relationships (start of second hour, listen here).


What were you told at the start of your sex journey, or wish you were told? I talk with Roger Butler of Curious Creatures. Listen here

I've noticed my orgasm dropping off; sexuality and ageing. I talk with Roger Butler of Curious Creatures.

Listen here


Re: SPARK Festival

The demonstration on how to negotiate an activity (it was a kiss) has influenced how I deliver my consent workshops (SPARK presenter).

Re: Counselling

I would like to thank you for the service you provide, being able to talk about sensitive issues in a non judgmental safe environment was/is fantastic.

Linda makes me feel accepted. I don't feel afraid or judged. Linda is good at this!

Re: Nerd Nite Melbourne

Your presentation helped me learn so much about a different dimension of relationship that was previously unfamiliar to me, and the importance of communication in managing it (and all dimensions of relationships). It was such a pleasure working with you, Linda.

Re: Getting better all the time workshop

Liked best: The safe environment Linda created to talk honestly without reservation.

Well thought out approach. Good insights.

Very helpful.  Linda is a relaxed and enjoyable presenter.

Re: Talking to Kids About Sex workshop

Thought provoking, knowledgeable, fantastic. Allowed participants to come up with own responses, not dictating to participants

Good pedagogy; I learnt things I did not know.

This is important

Informative, inclusive, kind

Re: Teaching


Knowledgeable, happy and confident

I love coming to your class

Funny, kind, thoughtful, smart

M: 0419402373 E: linda@lindakirkman.org T: @lindathestar

Relationship skills for life

©Linda Kirkman 2018