BA Psychological Science (Hons), M. Clinical Psychology, MAPS.
What is your background?
I am a Clinical Psychologist with additional training and experience in perinatal and infant mental health, grief and loss in the perinatal period, and attachment, developmental, and relational frameworks. I’ve worked across community, hospital, and private practice settings, working with adults, adolescents, children, parents, soon-to-be-parents, and groups. I have worked with a variety of presentations, including mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment difficulties, trauma, relational concerns, parent support, and perinatal loss. I have also previously co-facilitated an attachment-based mothers’ group.
I enjoy working with perinatal individuals and babies, adults, adolescents, and children of all ages. I also have experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and an interest in female presentations of Autism. I predominately draw from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy (ST), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and attachment and relational frameworks to tailor psychological treatment for the individual.
Why do you enjoy perinatal psychology?
I have a strong interest in perinatal and infant mental health and attachment-related concerns. I love supporting individuals throughout the perinatal period, both pregnancy and postpartum, holding space for the many adjustments that come with transition to parenthood. I love walking alongside individuals throughout the developmental processes of becoming a parent, helping parents to develop self-compassion and coping skills, and increasing mindfulness in their own parenting.
Adjustment to parenthood can often bring up difficult feelings related to the individual’s experiences in other relationships or their own experience being parented, which can sometimes intrude on the parents relationship with baby. I love helping individuals in this journey of reflection and preparing them for parenthood and working with parent-infant relationships to support secure attachment which is invaluable to the development and wellbeing of both parent and baby. I am a certified Circle of Security Parenting facilitator and will often draw upon this framework within my psychological treatments.
What are your strengths?
I bring a warm and compassionate approach to therapy with a natural love for learning and creativity. I place value on the therapeutic relationship, fostering an environment that feels full of trust and understanding ready for gentle exploration of experiences, needs, strengths, goals, and patterns of being.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my spare time I like to channel my inner-grandma and knit, paint, read or bake, and spend quality time with my loved ones.