Prior to going into private practice in 2013, I worked as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist / Consultant in the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health team at Central Coast Health for 9 years.
Along with the joys of parenthood comes the challenges. Parenting has been considered one of the hardest jobs in the world, and the struggles often go unrecognised. The impact of poor parental mental health is becoming well known and researched. The perinatal period (typically during pregnancy and up to the child's 3rd birthday) is a time of enormous growth and development for an infant/child and having a parent with a mental illness can significantly impact on a child's emotional, mental and physical health.
I provide mental health support, counselling, and therapy services, specific to this period of development. This is done in both an individual and/or group setting, for women in the perinatal period, whose mental illness and/or mental health issues (including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, grief and loss, birth trauma, adjustment to parenting) impact on their functioning in the pre- and postnatal period.
The focus of this therapeutic work comes from within an Attachment Theory framework, drawing largely from Circle of Security® parenting principles. The approach to therapy is an integrated and holistic one, utilising a combination of modalities including positive oriented counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based and DBT-informed strategies, as well as the use of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
As a registered Circle of Security® (COS) Parenting Facilitator, I utilise the principles of the COS philosophy throughout daily practice. In addition, I regularly facilitate an 8-week COS Parenting Program.
MembershipsAustralian Association Infant Mental Health Inc. (AAIMHI – NSW)
Australian Board of Neuro-Linguistic programming (ABNLP) Clinical Member
Australian Clinical Supervision Association
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Level 4
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Australian Psychological Society (Affiliate member)
Australian Society Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH) (Professional Member)
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Australia (PANDA)
Throughout my work life, I’ve observed intelligent, hard-working people struggle with every kind of problem. I’ve come across hundreds of different people suffering very similar issues. Different people, different settings but the same problems to be worked on, worked through and resolved. It is my belief that each one of these people held the solutions to their problems inside their own heart and mind, and needed help to step back and discover their own solutions.
Over the years I’ve refined my way of helping people to strengthen their beliefs and skills. I added Hypnotherapy to my skill set, and learned a lot about myself, my life, my own path. I became even more determined to choose a new path where I could work directly with people, facilitating positive changes in their work and personal lives. I wanted to help people, I knew that. I released a few limiting thoughts and feelings I’d held onto without even knowing it, and I redefined my own future. I have lived the work-life changing path that I now offer to others.
I moved back to the workforce where I was able to utilise my new skill set and discovered for myself an interest in something my wife had been trained in years before; NLP. Therese believed that I’d enjoy being an NLP practitioner, and I looked at it more seriously, with a mind to utilising it in a coaching framework. I attended my first NLP session and I felt changed forever, able to finally step into the work I do now; helping people be the best they can be. My work life was finally aligned with my interests and personal strengths.
I’d love to work with you until you achieve the same level of satisfaction I enjoy.