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Sometimes our pregnancies, birth experiences and the transition to parenthood do not go to plan. We have ideas of what we would like to happen, but for whatever reason, it can go in the opposite direction leaving you with mixed feelings and emotions - Such a special time in your life and it feels anything but... My focus is specialising in Perinatal & Infant Mental Health using an attachment based focus, helping mothers feel connected and valued in their new roles.
I have spent many years caring and supporting couples as they transition into parenthood.
This combined with my never ending love of learning, took me from the wards in the hospitals into a more specialised service in mental health. I transitioned from being a Midwife to now a Perinatal Counsellor/Psychotherapist - and I love it.
I am passionate about parents and babies getting off on the right foot together, getting mothers to feel better about themselves as mothers.
I know the difficulties that arise and I hear you when you say out loud "this is not what I thought it would be". Navigating those emotions that come with the loss of who you used to be and the unknowing of who you are now, can be worked through and you can recover
Internal Family Systems, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed
I have attended a number of different therapeutic courses post graduation that specialise in Trauma work.
- EMDR (in September)
- Internal Family Systems
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Person Centred approach
I am a Circle of Security Parenting facilitator which is an attachment based course and which I incorporate some of the theory into my sessions with parents who are struggling with connecting to their babies.
I also run workshops on Perinatal & Infant Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals/Family support workers - anyone who is working with families.
As a therapist, I draw on my counselling training and my experiences and education as a Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Midwife & Circle of Security Practitioner. I have done numerous ongoing training's in psychotherapy and trauma work. I have worked with women who have complex backgrounds and women who are just struggling coming to terms with motherhood. Everyone's story of how they got to where they are now - is different, which is why I trained in a variety of modalities to offer you choice.
I have been working with mothers who have been struggling with mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, for the past 4 years.
I have spent a lot of time learning and studying various therapies and how they work in helping people affected by trauma. I wanted to understand the effects of trauma on the brain and more importantly how the mind deals with this.
The foundations for my practice, stem from my experience as a midwife/nurse for the past 25 years, however the increase in anxiety/depression, birth trauma and previous traumas became more and more evident and I knew that this was a field I wanted to explore this further and build my expertise around.
Appointments are available on Fridays only.
Face to face - Castle Hill (daytime)
Online via Zoom. (daytime/evening)
Off street parking available
$170 inc. GST per hour.
Payment is via EFT prior to online appointments.
Credit card payments accepted.
I am a psychotherapist/counsellor specialising in the Perinatal & Infant Mental Health field. I come from an attachment based framework which underpins my practice and sessions generally go where you need to go. Whether its goal specific or whether you want to work on deeper issues, I can work with you.