In my 10 years of practice, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, from children, adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience in providing support for a range of mental health difficulties. These difficulties can include mood and anxiety disturbances; stress and trauma resulting from major life events; perinatal depression and anxiety; grief and loss; navigating relationship difficulties; and parenting challenges.
In particular, I have a keen interest in working with parents in the perinatal period, supporting you through conception, pregnancy, and in the adjustment to life in your new role as parents. My passion for this field initially grew out of my therapeutic work with children in the out of home care sector who had been exposed to traumatic life experiences. This work highlighted the impact the parent-infant relationship can have on a child's emotional wellbeing, development and growth. After focusing my work on supporting new parents in the perinatal period, my belief has been strengthened that ensuring parents' wellbeing during this major life adjustment is vital to the wellness of the family system.
In 2019, I collaborated with Marissa Wallis and Amelia Lamont, two sleep consultants from Baby Sleep School, to author mindful parenting tips as part of their Sleep Guidelines. The guidelines aim to support parents in implementing gentle sleep routines and settling techniques along with providing psychological tips for new parents to manage their mental health during the parenting journey.
Understandably, the thought of starting therapy can be a daunting experience for many. It is important to me that I help clients feel comfortable throughout the process by providing a non-judgemental space to safely explore the difficulties you are facing. I am flexible in my approach, and draw upon a number of different evidence based therapies and theories depending on your needs including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused CBT
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Sciences (Parent and Infant Mental Health), Melbourne University
Master of Psychology (Counselling), Monash University
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, RMIT University
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), RMIT University
My Clinical work has included:
Mums Matter Psychology: Therapy to pregnant women and new mothers in postnatal period.
Hopscotch and Harmony (Private Psychologist): Children and adolescents
Growing Together (Private Psychologist): Children and adolescents
Inner South Community Health: Children and adolescents, parent support
Connections Uniting Care: Trauma informed work with children in the out of home care sector
Alfred Health, Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC), Community Rehabilitation facility: Program support worker.