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Dr Madalena Grobbelaar


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5902
Mobile: 0400 142 018
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.109  

Madalena is a lecturer in the counselling & psychotherapy programs within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • COU3101 – Humanistic Models of Counselling
  • COU3201 – Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice
  • COU3202 – Sexuality & Therapeutic Practice
  • COU6114 – Object Relations & Attachment Theory


A practising clinical psychologist in part-time private practice.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association (MACPA) – Member
  • The Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Member (MAPS)
  • The College of Clinical Psychologists of the APS – Member
  • Society of Australian Sexologists of WA – Member

Research Areas and Interests

  • Sexuality & gender - sociocultural determinants
  • Psychological classifications of sexual health
  • Sexuality & gender in therapeutic practice
  • Women’s mental health
  • Sexualities
  • Psychodynamic theory & practice


  • Doctor of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, South Africa, 2003.
  • Humanities, South Africa, 2002.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Grobbelaar, M., Strauss, Y., Guggisberg, M., (2020), Working with Victims/Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: The ‘Self’ in the Therapeutic Relationship. Victims of Violence: Support, Challenges and outcomes, 99-129, New York, United States of America, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Guggisberg, M., Grobbelaar, M., (2020), An Examination of Circumstances Related to Forced Marriage among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Australia. Victims of Violence: Support, Challenges and outcomes, 205-229, New York, United States of America, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Grobbelaar, M., Guggisberg, M., (2018), Sexually explicit images: Examining the lawful and unlawful new forms of sexual engagement. Violence Against Women in the 21st Century, 133-160, ebook, Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated.

Journal Articles

  • Pelden, S., Reid Boyd, E., Grobbelaar, M., Adusei-Asante, K., Hopkins, L., (2019), Ladies, Gentlemen and Guys: The Gender Politics of Politeness. Social Sciences, 8(2), Article number 56, DOI: 10.3390/socsci8020056.
  • Reid Boyd, E., Grobbelaar, M., Gringart, E., Bender, A., Rose, W., (2019), Introducing “Intimate Civility”: towards a new concept for 21st century relationships. M/C Journal, 22(1), online.
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