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Mr Ash Rehn

Mr Ash Rehn

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Forward Therapy

Specialising in confidence, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, 'sex addiction' and pornography use issues, lesbian & gay counselling, mid-life crisis, alcohol and drug issues, grief, loneliness and survivors of childhood abuse. I offer a choice of convenient, private counselling and psychotherapy services you can access in comfort over the phone or internet. Over 20 years in clinical mental health, community and private practice.


  • Gadigal Land, 410 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010 (02) 8006 1122 PHONE (02) 8006 1122


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Need to talk with a professional? You can meet with me in-person in Sydney or online from Melbourne, Brisbane or anywhere in the world you have a phone or Skype connection.

    Australian clients may qualify for a Medicare rebate with a GP referral if they have a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Contact me for information.

    Online services are provided by webcam or telephone. You can book, pay and attend sessions online from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You can also access services while on holidays or business trips.

    All services are strictly confidential and you have a choice to remain anonymous. What you bring to the sessions will be treated with respect, kept secure and remain private.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Burnout, Career Counselling, Communication Issues, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Insomnia, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, Sex Related Issues, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, DBT, Gestalt, Meditation, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed

    I have trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including, for example, person-centred therapy, family therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy skills (DBT), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, solution focussed therapy/ brief interventions and relaxation strategies. However I prefer to use narrative approaches and collaborative practices influenced by the work of Michael White, David Epston, Art Fisher, Harlene Anderson and Johnella Bird among others.


    • Bachelor of Social Work degree - 1995 - University of Queensland
    • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - 2007 - Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Master of Arts in Creative Writing - 2009 - UTS (University of Technology Sydney)
    • Master of Science in Social Work - 2017 - Stockholm University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers

    Quality Provision

    As a degree qualified and accredited mental health social worker, I am professionally registered with and accountable to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

    I regularly attend one-to-one clinical supervision and relevant continuing professional development training courses both in Australia and overseas.


    I began working as a counsellor in 1989, my career includes many years of providing therapy and counselling people while employed in major organisations in Australia and overseas.

    I've been in private practice as a counsellor and Medicare provider since 2008.

    I have experience in working with stress, anxiety (including panic attacks), depression, relationship difficulties, 'sex addiction', sexuality & sexual identity concerns (gay, lesbian etc), body image, transition & adjustment (e.g. mid-life crisis) and drug & alcohol problems. I assist people to make changes in their lives and to resolve long standing concerns as well as more recent problems.


    Appointments in-person in Sydney
    Online consultations over Skype webcam or phone are also available
    Contact me for more details of availability

    Transport and Parking

    For in-person appointments in Surry Hills there is paid street parking available.


    Contact me for more information providing your location (city and country).

    Payment Options

    Session fees can be paid by credit card, through Paypal or bank deposit.


  • English
  • Swedish

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    10 Questions with Ash Rehn

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I've always been interested in people and their stories. I think our identity – who we ‘are’ – isn’t produced privately and individually but through interaction with others. We need the acknowledgement of others to know ourselves. And having a listener or audience to our life stories can transport us to new places of understanding. So that gives my work purpose and meaning.

      I commenced my career as a counsellor and social worker because I wanted to do something worthwhile in my life that meant I would be connecting with people. The work that I do is all about valuing relationships, including the therapeutic relationship we establish in our meetings together in the counselling or space. I feel I am privileged to be invited to share in the lives of others and I grow as a person through this process as well.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • While I have trained in solution-focussed counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Rogerian, humanist and person-centred approaches to therapy, I am most influenced by dialogical and collaborative practices like narrative therapy. I'm particularly interested in social constructivism and the ways in which we come to know or construct circumstances as problems or solutions.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I'm particularly drawn to working with sexuality issues, spirituality, masculinity and mens identity as well as midlife and identity concerns.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I don't work from a textbook or use a method or technique in my work with people but prefer to tailor my responses to the individual circumstances presented. I don't think good therapy can take a 'colour by numbers' approach or 'one-size-fits-all'. We all have unique experiences and, while we can learn from others, we must also take each person's own story into account.

      However I do offer to send notes from the session to each person I meet with. People tell me these notes and questions and reflections can be very helpful outside the appointment and something they can continue to look back to if necessary, long after we have finished our work.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This varies of course but sometimes people say they feel much better after just one appointment!
      Starting to feel better is a big part of being able to make progress and take steps forward. In terms of resolving particular concerns, often it depends how long something has been a 'problem' or difficulty in that person's life. Long standing concerns can take some time and might require regular contact over some months. But more recent issues can often be resolved in 6-10 appointments. Some of the people who meet with me are quite happy about having had a few sessions over a few weeks. Others remain in contact for a year or more, often spacing out their appointments as we progress to the point that they might end up meeting with me just once a month or every few months as a kind of 'maintenance' visit.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I think there is something quite powerful in the reflective surface that therapy offers us. When we feel safe and acknowledged with a therapist, we are in a position where we can speak more freely about things that have just been in our heads for a long time. My own journey with therapy - and I speak about this in a broad way as I see therapy having very broad possibilities - has made it possible for me to make better choices about how I spend my time, put my hopes for my life into action and improved my relationships with others. It has helped me to relax in stressful situations and to respond to others in more open-hearted ways.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I value the honour of being invited into someone's life, and offered the opportunity to share in their hopes, fears, what they value and what they yearn for. It is a privilege being asked to acknowledge what are often quite difficult steps for a person to make and then to witness them making those steps and be there to see the results.

      I also enjoy the challenge of finding new ways of looking at situations that might be the product of taken-for-granted ways of seeing things, or unquestioned or regarded as 'normal'. Questioning norms is a big part of my work.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • What are you talking about?! My hairdresser is fantastic!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I'm reluctant to propose something as the 'most significant' problem we face because 1. our lives are multi-storied and 2. people are diverse and face a diversity of challenges depending on where they live and their economic circumstances.

      However I'd say recognising and responding to violence and expressing love for others is quite a significant challenge but probably not a new one for humanity.

      I think the question of 'belonging' is quite important, particularly as people tend to be living more individualistically these days, cut off from families or communities.

      And for many people, making sense of life is a big question and continues to be, in a more complex world.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I am inspired by so many cultural works...

      The fiction writing of contemporary authors Jeanette Winterson and Michael Cunningham continues to delight me. I think Winterson's 'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?' is a great work and Cunningham's 'Flesh & Blood' and 'Specimen Days' are hard to choose between.

      I've so many favourite films including the Australian comedy 'The Sum of Us', the American blockbuster 'Pearl Harbor' (for the portrayal of mens friendship), the classic 'Cabaret' and the recent 'Weekend', a UK film about a gay relationship.

      At the time of writing this I am listening to Swedish songwriter Håkan Hellström quite a bit.

      I love the work of the painter Marc Chagall.

      Recently I have been writing a dissertation about the event for men in Sweden called GayCamp http://www.gaycamp.se/fgc_eng.htm
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    Mr Ash Rehn

    Ash Rehn

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    My name's Ash Rehn. I'm a gay man, a writer, researcher, swimmer, nature-lover and traveller. I'm also a professional counsellor and narrative therapist with over 20 years experience. I work primarily online over Skype webcam, instant message and email exchange.

    Meet with me from the comfort of your home or office, anywhere in the world you happen to be. I specialise in therapeutic conversations about mental health, sexuality, masculinity, porn and sex 'addiction' and midlife crisis....

    • Surry Hills
    • CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, DBT, Gestalt, Meditation, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Trauma-Informed