Learn about becoming a new parent
Adjusting to life as a parent can be a struggle. Just as no one’s experience is the same, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting and everyone faces different challenges. On top of these challenges as a parent, it is likely you have received conflicting advice on the best method of parenting.
It is common for parents to feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of constantly attending to the needs of their child, and ensuring the development of their social, emotional, and academic skills. Consequently, although being a parent may bring you many joys, it can also be extremely challenging emotionally, and consume many aspects of your life you may have enjoyed before having kids. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed due to your responsibilities as a parent, you may feel guilt or shame and therefore struggle to express these experiences to friends or family. A psychologist can help you identify, cope with and overcome parenting challenges, so that you can build the best possible relationship with your child.
Whether you’re the parent of a newborn, an adopted child, or are looking after a child which is not biologically your own, adjusting to life as a parent can be difficult for a variety of reasons. The time required each day to look after a child often demands the parent to find a balance with work and/or their relationship with a partner, and can put strain on the partner relationship when this balance is not able to be met. Furthermore, when communication between parents begins to break down this can impact the child, and inconsistency between parents can leave the child confused, and wanting to test behavioural boundaries.
If you are the parent of a newborn, the perinatal and infant period spans from the beginning of pregnancy up to the time that the baby is about one year old. This is a significant time of adjustment and stress, and emotional health problems may occur for parents. Many women and their partners experience feelings of distress and anxiety in the perinatal period. This is common and often resolves with support from a psychologist. For some people, adjustment will be more difficult and they may notice ongoing changes in mood, sleep, motivation, confidence and appetite. Other signs may include withdrawal from family and friends. Depression can also develop before or after the birth of the baby and if you or your family notice any of these changes it is a good idea to discuss them with a professional.
As a parent, you are the most influential person in your child’s life. From infancy, a child needs an attentive, emotionally responsive caregiver for their healthy physical, social and emotional development: a relationship in which the infant feels secure and connected to his/her caregiver promotes later psychological wellbeing.
Your someone.health psychologist can provide support to mothers, fathers and children. This support aims to assist parents be more effective in tuning into their own emotions and needs, the needs of their partner, and to understand what their child requires at different stages of development. Our psychologists also assist mothers and fathers to support each other more effectively, create positive connections between themselves and their child.
New Parent Psychologists
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for new parent counselling.
Christina has a background in the corporate environment working on changes and improvement. She is passionate about working with individuals to identify ways for personal improvement. Christina has an interest in helping clients deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions and relationship difficulties. Christina offers therapy in both English and Mandarin.
Barry has worked extensively in trauma-specific settings in both South Africa and Australia, having worked with individuals, families, emergency and defence force personnel, and victims of crime. Barry works primarily with adults and has experience across private practice, community-mental health and NGOs.
Lisa is passionate about working with and empowering individuals to feel better and experience a sense of wellbeing. At times we are faced with personal challenges and extremely difficult times. Her recent focus has been on mindfulness-based approaches to assist with mental health issues.
Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.
Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.
The goal of Xiaoping’s counselling is to assist you to be powered with a series of healthy concepts about your life as well as equipped with a bunch of abilities for all of life’s challenges. With Xiaoping’s counselling, his clients are led to have more awareness about themselves, more confidence to face their challenges and more skills to find solutions.
Mary is very keen to equip you with the life skills, social and behavioural skills, cognitive skills using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. This will build your repertoire of tools to better manage life on a day to day basis so that you are leading a more fulfilling and functional lifestyle with confidence.
Tegan has worked as a psychologist for over ten years. She has largely worked supporting children and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault and feel very passionate about human rights and equality. She is also a parent of three children ranging from toddler to teenager and hopes that adds further practicality to her support.
Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.
Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.
Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.
Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.
With over 30 years as a psychologist, Lisa has worked with a diverse range of clients and is very interested in working with adults who are having issues with self-confidence and interpersonal communication, depression, stress, anxiety, loss, family conflict, fears, career or work problems, emotional distress, post-natal stress or depression, or relationship difficulties.
Kemi has an interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, relationship issues and parenting concerns. She works to ensure that every person’s uniqueness is taken into consideration by creating a personalised treatment plan with each client using evidence based therapies.
Eva has over 20 years experience as a psychologist and she is committed to making counselling therapy a compassionate and collaborative process, so you feel supported throughout the process. Conducting sessions with genuine positive regard each client is valued for who they are.
Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.