Nikki de Bondt
Nikki has completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. A post graduate diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Nikki is a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.
To learn more about lovely Dr. Nikki de Bondt, read on …
What is your work background?
I have worked across both community and hospital settings in a variety of roles. From acute mental health care with both adults and young people, promotion, prevention and early intervention with families affected by parental mental health issues, to working with parents to be and parents/families with babies and young children between the ages of 0-5.
Why did you choose to work with children and/or families?
I love working with families as I believe raising a child is one of the most important jobs any of us can have. I love supporting families in identifying and maximising their strengths, understanding one another better and to become more reflective and mindful in their parenting journey. I find it magical watching family relationships change and seeing everyone enjoying one another more. I love supporting the early attachment between parents and their children as this promotes positive mental health across the lifespan and sets the foundation for the development of secure relationships in the future.
Why do you like working in perinatal and child psychology?
I am passionate about helping mothers struggling with depression and anxiety and find it rewarding when I notice them enjoying motherhood and their lives once again after experiencing such a huge transition. I also like working with young children and primary school age children who are experiencing worries and difficulties managing their big emotions. Helping them to develop resilience, a sense of calm and coping skills brings me great joy and satisfaction.
What are your strengths?
Creating a safe, warm and non-judgemental space in which you feel able to explore any uncomfortable feelings. Children usually look forward to our sessions as I try my best to make them fun, interactive and a space in which they have a voice, feel heard and their big feelings are gently held. I have a strong family based approach with a focus on strengthening the parent-child relationship.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spending time with my family in the great outdoors, family camping adventures, horse riding and waterpolo.