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Mrs Lisa Paul

Mrs Lisa Paul

Mobile 0419 981 902
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Lisa Paul

Mobile 0419 981 902

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.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 5, 80 Cecil Ave, Castle Hill, Sydney NSW 2154 0419 981 902 PHONE 0419 981 902

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Video / Skype 
  • 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

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Depression, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, 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.
    These include:
    - EMDR
    - Internal Family Systems
    - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    - Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
    - Person Centred approach
    - Compassion Focused Therapy

    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.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2015 - Australian College of Applied Psychology
    • Diploma in Nutrition - 2009 - Nature Care College
    • Advance Diploma Homeopathy - 2005 - Nature Care College
    • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery - 1995 - University of Western Sydney
    • Diploma of Health Science - Nursing - 1990 - University of Western Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    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.

    Background

    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

    Appointments are available on Fridays only.
    Face to face - Castle Hill (daytime)
    Online via Zoom. (daytime/evening)

    Will be starting in Balmain from 20th January 2020. Mondays only.
    Contact me for further details.

    Transport and Parking

    Off street parking available

    Fees

    $170 inc. GST per hour.

    Payment Options

    Payment is via EFT prior to online appointments.
    Credit card payments accepted.



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    10 Questions with Lisa Paul

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

    • I saw there was a gap in the health system in supporting mothers and fathers especially with the transition to parenthood. Everybody focuses on the birth of this baby and the baby itself when it comes but how many times do YOU feel heard? How many times do people check in and ask how your going?
      In my experience, while having a baby is a wonderful experience, it also comes with an enormous trailer load of different feelings - which can be different for everyone. Commonly, issues around not being a good enough mother, loss of your identity, relationship difficulties and all the psychosocial aspects around finances, employment, previous mental health complaints and traumas - its a list that is as individual as the birth experience itself.
      I wanted to support mothers, to help them find in them their own sense of worth as a mother, to show them that its not a perfect set up and nor should it be, that its ok to make mistakes. I also have a passion to work with those wounded mothers, those who have had difficult childhood experiences, traumas from childhood or from the birth. Mothers who have had anxiety that it feels like its crippling and depression so deep that you struggle just to "be there" for your child.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • My main approach which has also made a huge difference in my own life has been the work of Dr Richard Schwartz. He developed the evidence based Internal Family System model of therapy and I have embraced this whole heartedly both professionally and personally.
      I love the gentleness, simplicity and the non pathologising aspect of this model.
      I don't believe that people come into mental health problems as a baby, I believe that it comes through our experiences and influences from our families as we are growing up.
      His model has resonated so deeply with me and when I describe it to my clients, its like something clicks in them.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • The Perinatal area from pregnancy to postnatal period of first couple of years.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Internal Family Systems
      Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
      Person Centred
      Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
      Compassion focused Therapy
      EMDR
      CBT
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That varies on how open the client feels to start to heal an how motivated they are for therapy.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Oh I love it.
      I cannot see me doing anything else now.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Seeing my clients start to get that self awareness and insight. That's when healing begins.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Hell YES Lol.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Wow where to I start............
      Social Media - while I have it, I hate it too......
      I think communication is a huge problem, we are losing the ability to know how to interact with each other personally.
      Less tolerance towards each other and so much judgement and criticism.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Becoming Us by Elle Taylor for parents who have just had a baby. Great book on how relationships change and why.

      Hold me Tight by Dr Sue Johnson - great one for helping relationships in general.

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    Mrs Lisa Paul

    Lisa Paul

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    Lisa is a Perinatal Counsellor/Psychotherapist working with mothers and their babies. With an attachment based focus, Lisa provides both long and short term therapy depending on need. Offering both online and face to face sessions, located in Castle Hill and Balmain (from January 2020). Lisa is experienced in all areas of perinatal health including pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. Lo...

    • Castle Hill
    • CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed