Louisa Mason

BA Scien (Psychology)(Hons), M.Psych (Ed and Dev). MAPS

What is your work background?

I have worked with children in high schools for a decade, both in counselling roles and  in teaching high school students about mental health and relationships. This work sparked a passion to study developmental psychology and become better equipped to help children and their families grow stronger, and resilient when experiencing mental health challenges.  I also have many years of experience working with neurodivergent children and their families, in both counselling and in assessment capacities.

My therapy approach is based on an understanding of the importance of our attachment relationships. My approach is trauma informed, and I also focus on the impact of key transition periods in our lives.

Why do you like working with perinatal clients, parents and families?

Through my studies in child development, and my own experiences of becoming a becoming a parent, I have become increasingly passionate about supporting mothers, both as parents and as women. The saying “everybody wants to hold the baby, but who holds the mother?”, is something I have reflected on. I believe we need more spaces in our community that reflect, value and support women, especially as they become mothers- and that we all need support and strengthening along that journey. I am passionate about parents and children finding more strength and security in their relationships.

I also have a passion in supporting parents and the families of neurodivergent,  (autistic, dyslexic and adhd children), as this can be a particularly unique parenting experience, with its own set of challenges and joys.

What are your strengths?

I value warmth and safety in therapy, and I am a people person. I have a genuine interest in people, in their families and in their lives. I believe therapy is a collaboration, and aim to create an environment where I am working together with clients on their goals.  I am creative, flexible and adaptable in supporting clients to meet their goals.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to spend my time outdoors, bushwalking, and playing in the in park with the kids, walking the dog, and gardening. I love food, time with family, and the occasional adventure somewhere new.