Parent Support and Education
Our children are our future
The responsibility and tasks of parenting are often daunting. Further, the pervasive myth of parenthood as filled with joy and satisfaction frequently compels parents to hide the often very stressful and at times overwhelming demands of parenting. Even the most dedicated, loving and skilled parents can struggle when families undergo change or when a child’s needs or behaviour becomes challenging. We offer informed, supportive and empathetic counselling and therapy services to address a broad range of child, adolescent & family issues from mental health disorders, family conflict, separation and transitions, and parenting difficulties.
Pregnancy Support Counselling
This phase of life usually heralds many significant and unique changes. The prospect of having a baby, transition to parenthood, changes in relationships, health and lifestyle, and new emotions, can be exciting but also daunting. Concerns, preparation and decisions can be addressed through sensitive, non-directive and supportive psychological counselling.
Child & family Psychologist Emma Lund has undertaken the mandatory training required to offer the Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling through the Medicare scheme. She has been trained to support women through pregnancy-related issues, and to provide information about the options and services relevant to her pregnancy concerns.
These counselling sessions are available to assist women who have any personal concerns related to a current or recent pregnancy (within the last 12 months). Personal concerns may include decisions about the future, adjustment following the pregnancy, or general issues related to a pregnancy.
The Medicare Item covers up to three sessions with an accredited Psychologist per pregnancy. A referral for this service results from a GP assessing that a woman has concerns that would benefit from sessions with a Psychologist who is eligible to provide pregnancy support counselling services. If appropriate, partners can also attend the counselling sessions.
Our expert team comprises Educational and Clinical Psychologists with advanced qualifications and expertise in infant/perinatal, child and adolescent psychology, as well as Social Workers, teachers, youth workers and outdoor educators. All staff are supervised by Dr Simon Crisp who is a Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist with advanced masters qualifications in Child & Educational Psychology and doctoral qualifications in Clinical Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology.