Perinatal Counselling Brisbane
Reaching out for support and sharing your story can be a vulnerable process. When we take steps to take care of ourselves, our children, family and community can benefit from our healing.
My belief is that women are the experts in their own lives, and that moving through challenges works best when we feel safe, non-judged, and deeply listened to.
When we take the big step of reaching out for support, we want to meet with someone who “gets it” and will approach us as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms.
What is the Counselling Approach?
I offer holistic counselling to women and parents in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and after the birth).
What this looks like in practice is a warm, caring, professional relationship where you will be supported to find new ways to relate to your experience and the challenging thoughts and feelings you might be experiencing.
My approach to counselling is to work alongside you, and often includes evidence-based methods such as:
Trauma informed approaches that include body based methods for emotional regulation and healing (including EFT);
Mindfulness approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT);
Creative, multi-sensory processes to facilitate new ways of approaching a problem (including drawing and learning visualisations);
Narrative therapeutic approaches; and
Intersectional feminist and anti-oppressive approaches.
When is Perinatal Counselling Helpful?
Counselling sessions are aimed at supporting you ‘wherever you’re at’ in your reproductive journey right now. This includes if you’re pregnant (including if your pregnancy is unplanned), or whether your pregnancy has ended (due to miscarriage or termination) or whether you’re a new mother/parent.
YOU MIGHT BE:
- Feeling anxious, sad, depressed, worried or panicky;
- Trying to make sense of a challenging, difficult or traumatic birth experience;
- Wanting to debrief your birth, and need a safe space to do this;
- Feeling isolated and disconnected;
- Stressed, overwhelmed, tired, or feeling like you’re not coping with day to day living;
- Finding it hard to adjust to mothering, or have little family support in Brisbane or wherever you live;
- Struggling in your relationship with your partner/husband;
- Needing support after a miscarriage or still birth;
- Finding it difficult to connect and bond with your baby;
- Experiencing fertility issues or IVF;
- Thinking about all your options regarding your pregnancy, including continuing the pregnancy, termination or adoption.
What to expect from the counselling session
A non-judgmental, warm, caring approach.
Working with you as whole person, not a set of symptoms.
Respect for your confidentiality and privacy.
Support to access resources in the community.
Support to build your own coping skills and solutions.
You can also find more information about my professional background and approach here.
Perinatal Counselling Fees
Counselling sessions are $150/hour.
Counselling sessions are offered via phone or video on Fridays and Saturdays.
Limited in-home sessions may be available (depending on your area in Greater Brisbane, Queensland, Australia).
After booking a counselling appointment you will be invoiced directly. Payment is due by the date of the counselling session.
If you are currently pregnant or have been pregnant in the past 12 months you may be eligible for rebates for up to three counselling sessions. Counselling session fees will be invoiced to you directly. You can then claim your rebate from Medicare (approximately $64.10 per session). Please take this referral form to your GP to see if you’re eligible.
If you have affordability concerns please contact me to discuss your situation and the option of bulk billed sessions.
How to make an appointment
Please contact me below to make email enquiry.
Want a FREE 20 minute consultation to discuss your needs?
Ready to book your prenatal or postnatal counselling session now?
I wish to pay my deepest respect to the Turrbal and Jagera peopleas the First Peoples with an ongoing connection to the land I call home in Brisbane.
Always was, Always will be Aboriginal Land