Meet Asian Australian Counsellor and Sex Therapist, Changyi (Maxi) Xie

interview mental health Nov 03, 2023
A photo of Asian Australian Counsellor and Sex Therapist, Changyi Xie (Maxi)

We know that it's not always easy trying to work out which therapist we might like to work with: Because the decision isn't just about where they're located and when they're available, but there's a bit more of a human, relational element to the decision too.

So here at Shapes and Sounds, we want to help make that process just a little easier.

Every month, we'll be introducing a therapist from the Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List to help you gain a bit more insight into who you feel might be a good fit for you or someone that you know.

This month we're excited to connect you with Changyi (Maxi) Xie who is a counsellor and sex therapist offering services in VIC and Telehealth Australia Wide. We hope you enjoy connecting with Changyi below!


1. What led you to choosing psychology as a career?

I think that's what I am passionate about, just to see clients getting better in their life, that's pretty lovely and rewarding.

2. What is your unique cultural heritage?

Chinese and part of the LBGTIQ+ community

3. What are your areas of specialty and what kind of frameworks do you work from?

I am a counsellor who specializes in relationship counselling and sex therapy. I support people in understanding themselves better, develop curiosity and self-compassion, and help my clients with evidence-based psychological therapies. I understand we are different and unique, so I would be tailoring my session to best suit you. I am experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Schema Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Sex Therapy and Psychosexual Therapy.

4. What kind of clients are you best able to support?

Teenagers, Adults, Parents, LGBTIQ+, concerns or struggles on kink and fetish, poly-relationship.

5. If you could be your own therapist right now, what do you think you would say to yourself?

Be kind to yourself and you are worthy and lovable.


Connect with Changyi via our Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List HERE.

Alternatively, if you feel like Changyi may be a good fit for someone that you know, be sure to forward this page on to them too. Let us continue to not only support ourselves but all those around us too!

If you require urgent assistance, please do not contact Changyi or any of the practitioners on this list. Instead, please call emergency services on 000 or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Shapes and Sounds does not recommend or endorse Changyi or any of the practitioners listed on the Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List.

Please always consult your GP before making changes to your mental health care plan.

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