Michael Rooney

Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA

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Michael Rooney

Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA

Verified by Psychology Today

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You promised you would not watch online porn or live sex cams again. You feel guilt and shame because you want to stop but cant. You visited a sex worker during lockdown and now you are worried you might have put the health of your family at risk. You plan to spend a short time on dating apps and find yourself spending hours on them, unable to put them down, feeling desperate and hopeless. You have an instant attraction when you meet a particular type of person, believing they are the one. You are in recovery for alcohol / drug addiction, but your compulsive sexual acting out behaviours have increased and you feel guilt and shame.
I help people whose lives are unmanageable due to the impact of sex, love, pornography addiction and enmeshment to heal their pain so they can develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist and also specialise in treating adults who are enmeshed with a parent.
You may be in despair and feel hopeless, but I can assure you there is hope and a way forward. I have helped many people move from the pain of addiction to leading fulfilled and better lives. I will work with you to identify problematic sexual behaviours, including any underlying issues you may have. I will create a safe healing space for you to recover.


Accepted Insurance Plans
  • AHM Health
  • Bupa
  • Emergency Services Health
  • Medibank Private
  • Phoenix Health Fund
  • Police Health
  • St Lukes Health
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  • Membership: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia / Clinical Member
  • Training: Australian College of Applied Psychology(MCounsPT)

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) / Certified Sex Addiction Therapist / 2020
  • Membership: Brainspotting Australia Pacific / Brainspotting Practitioner / 2018

Michael Rooney's Groups

Facing the Shadow Group for Men

12-week closed online confidential group for men who identify as sex / porn addicts, Suitable for newcomers and for those who wish to deepen their recovery. Limited to 8 participants

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H.E.A.R.T Group for Betrayed Partners

H.E.A.R.T Group for Betrayed Partners: Heal, Empower, Accept, Restore, Trust. 12 week closed online confidential group for betrayed partners. A safe and confidential place for you to explore, grow, learn and heal together. Limited to 8 participants

More about this group
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Infidelity
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Sex Therapy
  • Substance Use
Mental Health
  • Impulse Control Disorders

Client Focus

  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Attachment-based
  • Brainspotting
  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused


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Last Modified: 10 Mar 2022
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Michael Rooney

Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA