When I first started as a fertility counselling, it was still possible to be an anonymous sperm donor. A couple of years later, the Australian guidelines for fertility treatment (including donor conception) changed, and true anonymity was no longer possible. More recently, some Australian states have changed their legislation to permit access for donor conceived… Continue reading Anonymous donor? Good luck!
I just got back from an awesome weekend in Christchurch presenting at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. My paper, “Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence” A Systematic Review of the outcome of Psychological Interventions during Assisted Reproduction Treatment gave me a chance to really explore what the last 10 years of research demonstrates actually… Continue reading Hello Christchurch!
I am very excited to share the news that I have been appointed to the Brisbane South Primary Health Network Clinical Council for a period of 2 years. This is pretty exciting for me personally, but also for psychologists as a profession, as this really provides an opportunity to input to the type of healthcare… Continue reading A little bit of exciting news
My heart goes out to this Australian couple who have just had their babies through surrogacy in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the babies have been born very prematurely and the parents are now trying to manage the care of their twins in a foreign country, negotiating in a language they don't understand and with medical insurance that… Continue reading Surrogacy in Ukraine
Helping new mums and dads negotiate the complex pathway into parenthood is one of the best things about my work. So, I was really excited to discover this recent interview on the ABC RN program exploring the topic. Here is the link so you can listen to the entire program https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/perinatal-mental-health/10478792 Making the transition into… Continue reading Transition to Parenthood
Oh, I REALLY like this article from the ABC's Life program about managing the competing demands of parenthood and work! https://www.abc.net.au/life/juggling-motherhood-and-a-career-carla-gee/10325824 This is a topic I spend a great deal of time discussing with new mums in my practice ... because the reality is, for many families there is no financial choice but to have… Continue reading The baby juggle
A question I get asked very frequently, is how could "just talking" possibly help. There are probably 2 answers to the question. Firstly, psychotherapy isn't really "just talking". It's much more than a "chat", and when done properly will require some pretty hard emotional work to be undertaken. The second answer is a little longer,… Continue reading How does “talking” help?
Many potential mums who are considering family creation through oocyte (egg) donation fell quite anxious that they are no more than a "third wheel" to their future child - that biology might somehow "trump" motherhood. Often when I am talking to these women, I mention the emerging field of epigenetics, which, put simple, is the… Continue reading What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?
I frequently find myself working with people who feels bewildered by the behaviour of their partner/daughter/mother/brother/friend. When I dig a little deeper, although I am clearly not in a position to diagnose someone who is not in the room, it starts to become clear that the absent loved one has features of personality disorder. Quite… Continue reading Loving a person with BPD
A lovely reader of this page just sent this article from last weekend's Weekend Australia through to me and it is SO GOOD. For those of you who have kids and are also working (or maybe studying, or trying to start your own business, or helping out at your kid's school, or taking care of… Continue reading Whoa, slow down – what are we all doing to ourselves????