Perinatal Depression Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage perinatal depression & anxiety through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage perinatal depression & anxiety through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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Learn about Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

‘Perinatal’ describes the period during pregnancy (antenatal) as well as the year following birth (postnatal). Women can develop symptoms of depression and anxiety before, during, or after the birth of a child, or may experience symptoms throughout. When considering the huge life adjustment associated with being a new mum, on top of the demands of a pregnancy or a newborn, it is unsurprising that some women experience depression and/or anxiety.

 

Many women worry that the transition to motherhood should be effortless and joyful, and feel frustrated or confused when this is not the case for them. If you are experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety, you may be distressed by your mood and inability to enjoy aspects of the pregnancy or newborn period. You may be noticing ongoing changes in your mood, sleep, motivation, confidence, appetite, and have begun to withdraw from family and friends. If this is the case for you, it is important to speak with a professional. In some cases, without seeking support, symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression can have a lasting impact a woman’s self-esteem.

 

Motherhood presents some of the greatest challenges and joys in life. For some women, pregnancy and birth does not go as planned, and they encounter emotional difficulties they didn’t anticipate. For example, you may have had a positive and uncomplicated pregnancy in the past, and are surprised to now be experiencing perinatal anxiety.

 

You may identify with some of the factors which are believed to contribute to perinatal anxiety and depression:

Previous mental health problems

Life stressors such as relationship concerns, financial strain, medical concerns, etc

Lack of practical support – e.g. single parenthood or absence of family support

Lack of emotional support or a breakdown in relationships with close friends or family

Complications with pregnancy or labour, including premature delivery

Breastfeeding difficulties

Having unrealistic expectations about pregnancy or motherhood

 

If you are pregnant, and are beginning to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, early intervention is vital as a protective factor against ongoing symptoms after your baby is born. As a new mum, you are the most influential person in your child’s life. The maternal bond is an extremely precious and unique relationship. However, the maternal bond does not always form instantaneously, and is influenced by both emotional and physical components of your health. Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of both your physical and mental health. 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 promotes later psychological wellbeing.

 

Don’t struggle with perinatal anxiety and depression alone, seek support from a psychologist. At someone.health, some our practitioners are specialised in providing support to mothers experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression.

 

 

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for Perinatal Depression & Anxiety counselling. 

Ashlee Wells

Ashlee has eight years experience working in mental health services with a diverse range of clients. Ashlee has a strong interest in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, women’s health, family support and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disability).

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Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Carolina Maleski Penna de Moraes

Carolina offers sessions in English and Portuguese, for adults and adolescents, covering a vast spectrum of psychological conditions including as anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, relationship issues, and parenting-related difficulties. She has over 10 years experience in the academic and professional spheres of Psychology.

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Caroline Gaffney

Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.

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Celeste Putter

Celeste is an enthusiastic psychologist hoping to positively influence the lives of those with mental health issues. Celeste works with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psycho-social issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, stress, trauma, anger, self-esteem, enhancing self-regulation, stress management, social and emotional understanding in youth, as well as life coping and adjustments.

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Claire Prince

Claire provides individually tailored and evidence-based therapeutic interventions and strategies to help clients to gain a better understanding of themselves and their difficulties or challenges. Claire then works with clients in identifying ways to effectively manage these issues, helping to build stronger foundations for life. Claire has over 25 years experience practicing as a Psychologist.

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Colela Browning

Colela has an interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, anger management, sleep difficulties and stress and relaxation management. Colela uses a client centered approach where she values you as an individual and works collaboratively during treatment and developing plans to assist you to live the best life you can.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Erin Stuckey

Erin has over twelve years experience working in the field of complex trauma. Erin has a particular interest in working with clients of all ages who have experienced post natal anxiety and depression, addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, phobias, mood disorders, and trauma.

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Geoffrey Haines

Geoff has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist and has a keen interest working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, procrastination, interpersonal difficulties and low self esteem. Geoff is trained in evidence-based approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Ioanna Culleton

Ioanna has over 30 years of experience working with a diverse range of clients including adolescents, adults and seniors in both rural and urban settings. Ioanna is keen to work with clients who experience anxiety and depression, low self esteem, family and/or relationship conflicts, amongst other areas or simply to be a sounding board.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Jen Jensen

Jen brings an authentic, personable and compassionate style to therapy. She is curious about her clients’ stories and values the importance of practicing without judgement. Jen believes in forming strong therapeutic relationships and enjoys working collaboratively with clients to tailor therapy to their needs. She believes that her role is to walk alongside her clients, helping them make sense of their challenges in order to develop the required tools to create sustainable change.

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Jenny Drury

Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Jeraldine Cooper

Jeraldine has significant experience working with people experiencing anxiety and interpersonal difficulties. Jeraldine is trained in evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Joe Guse

Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.

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Jovana Zonjic

Jovana has a Masters in Organsiational Psychology and is trained in various therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic therapy. Jovana has worked previously in corporate settings, assisting employees, managers and executives to manage various work and life stressors, as well as provide individual coaching. She then transitioned to focus on secondary school aged children for both counselling and individual coaching.

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Katherine Gudgeon

Katherine has worked with a wide array of presentations, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, anger management, bullying, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. Katherine has worked as a School Counsellor for five years and an English teacher for over thirty years. Katherine is experienced in dealing with adolescent development and parenting issues. She has a keen interest in working with people experience relationship difficulties.

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Katherine Gudgeon

Katherine has worked with a wide array of presentations, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, anger management, bullying, relationship difficulties and personality disorders. Katherine has worked as a School Counsellor for five years and an English teacher for over thirty years. Katherine is experienced in dealing with adolescent development and parenting issues. She has a keen interest in working with people experiencing relationship difficulties.

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Kemi Alaba-Ekpo

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.

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Lilian Honda Mariano

Lilian has over 15 years of experience in the health Industry. Her main interests are working with adolescents and with women’s health (anxiety, depression, self-esteem and adjustment disorder) and working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients (sense of identity loss, discrimination and lack of belonging issues.) Lilian speaks fluent English and Portuguese.

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Megan Carter

Megan is a passionate Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. She has completed additional clinical training in treatments including Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and other compassion and mindfulness based approaches.

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Melanie Stevens

Melanie has a keen interest to work with women and men who are stuck in a rut and feel like they have no thing left but want to build a life of happiness and enjoyment . Your the right candidate to work with Melanie of your keen to get working on yourself!

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Melissa Boulind

Melissa has extensive experience in working with teen conflicts including peer conflicts, relationships, exam stress and fitting in. In addition to that she has an interest in PTSD and trauma, poor health, covid-related adjustment and loss, HIV and cancer. Melissa can provide support for LBGTQ conflicts including coming out.

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Melita Henderson

Melita is a caring, authentic and empathic person.,A counselling session with her will feel natural, conversational and purposeful. She loves helping others to learn, both about themselves as individuals and about their brain and why it does the things it does. Her passion for helping others to build their skillset and confidence in themselves led her to refocus her career on individual therapy after spending many years in management consulting and corporate training.

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Michelle Kelly

Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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Michelle Popovski

Michelle works comfortably within an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities to provide a framework to suit individual needs, including incorporating psychodynamic principles with evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential in life and offers a respectful, and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

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Nicola Carter

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.

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Paulette Gayton

Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.

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Racquel Laulita

For over a decade Racquel has worked with adults who have experienced difficulties with emotional regulation, substance use, trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, and antisocial conduct. She has a deep understanding of women specific issues (e.g., domestic violence and parenting concerns) as she has worked predominantly with women.

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Rosara Squirchuk

Rosara has a keen interest in working with children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma including PTSD and adjustment disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, gambling and other addictive behaviours, alcohol misuse, work/personal stress and domestic violence survivors.

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Rosemary Lindsay

Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict. Rosemary only provides video consultations.

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Shiva Moshir

Dr. Shyva has eight years of experience working with a wide range of clients including elder children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing emotional, social, behavioral and mental health difficulties. Shyva’s special interests are depression, stress and anxiety, grief, trauma and relationship issues. She is open to see women aged 12+.

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Shyan Juang Low

Shyan is passionate about improving psychological wellbeing and standard of living for individuals across cultures by encouraging individuals to continuously develop and improve their positive coping and problem-solving skills. Shyan also strongly believes in using an eclectic approach so as to create a comfortable environment and cater to individualized needs.

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.

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Steven Kose

Steven is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults presenting with anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, post-traumatic stress, anger management, workplace stress, grief/loss and relationship/marital difficulties. He has been practicing as a consultant psychologist for the past 14 years and provides therapy in both English and Turkish.

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Suraj Samtani

Dr Samtani is a researcher and clinician providing high quality care for children, adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience helping adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.

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Teresa Caruso

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.

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Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Xiaoping Zhu

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.

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Zhiwen Gao

Zhiwen is experienced working children, adolescents and adults including seniors. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse clients such as overseas student and new immigrants. Zhiwen has keen interest in working with people experiencing adjustment issues and seeking support for Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Mood, OCD, Phobia, Personality, Trauma (PTSD), Lifestyle and Stress management.

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