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Dr Chris Pepping   arrow

Dr Chris Pepping is a Clinical Psychologist with particular interest in couple therapy, LGBTIQ mental health, and mindfulness. He splits his time between seeing clients in private practice, lecturing in clinical psychology at one of the main Melbourne universities, conducting his own research on LGBTIQ mental health and couple relationships, and supervising clinical and research students.

Clinical Areas of Interest and Experience

Chris has considerable experience working with the LGBTIQ community across a range of areas including:
– Gender dysphoria, including support through the transition process
– Uncertainty, anxiety, and confusion surrounding sexuality and gender identity
– Assistance during the coming out process
– Experiences of discrimination, hate, and prejudice
– Depression, anxiety, and trauma, and
– Couple relationships, including LGBTIQ and polyamorous couples.

You can read in more detail about his work with gender and sexual minorities here.

Chris also works with couples in both monogamous and open relationships, as well as couples where one or more partners are polyamorous. He has a special interest in researching and working with same-sex couples, and has developed and run trainings to teach other therapists how to enhance LGBTIQ couples in distress (you can read more about Chris’ thoughts on same-sex couples here).

Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, cis, or trans, and whether you’re in a relationship that’s monogamous, poly, open, or otherwise defined, Chris is trained in providing assistance to all types of couples experiencing relationship distress and dissatisfaction.  He uses evidence-based interventions to target problem areas such as:
– Communication difficulties
– Sexual difficulties
– Insecurities and intimacy concerns
– Distress resulting from affairs, and
– Difficulties negotiating open relationships.

Chris doesn’t only work with couples or LGBTIQ people – he sees individuals from the general population about a range of issues, from sleeping problems to relationship breakups to problems with anxiety. If you are wondering whether a clinical psychologist can help you with your problem, please contact Chris (after reading our confidentiality policy) as he would be happy to answer your questions.

Therapeutic Framework

When seeing individuals or couples, Chris only uses evidence-based treatments.  He is trained in:
– Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
– Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
– Compassion Focussed Therapy, and
– Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples.

In assisting people who seek therapy for these concerns, Chris adheres to the APS code of ethics, the APS Charter for clients of psychologists, and the Medicare provider guidelines.


– Bachelor of Psychology with Honors
– Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

– Registration as a clinical psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Australia
– Registration as an approved supervisor with the Psychologists Board of Australia
– Member of the APS (Australian Psychological Society)
– Lifetime member of ICEEFT (the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy)
– Lifetime member of ANZPATH (the Australian and New Zealand Association for Transgender Health)