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Compassion focused therapy

For some people "compassion focused therapy" might sound all a little bit "wishy washy" but have you ever wondered what it is? or whether it might be useful to you?  Check out this great interview with Paul Gilbert, who has been one of the pioneers of this form of psychological intervention.  He is talking to… Continue reading Compassion focused therapy

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mental health, mental illness, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy

What Peripartum Depression feels like

Ever wondered what it is like to have a new baby and develop depression?  Ever wondered how someone could have this beautiful little baby and feel so bad at the same time?  Ever been depressed and struggled to explain it to the people around you?  This video is a quite incredible representation of the workings… Continue reading What Peripartum Depression feels like

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Anonymous donor? Good luck!

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!

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Hello Christchurch!

  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!

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A little bit of exciting news

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

fertility, In the news, IVF risks, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

Surrogacy in Ukraine

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

fertility, mental health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Transition to Parenthood

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

Female empowerment, fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

The baby juggle

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

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How does “talking” help?

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?

donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, health, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families

What role is there for Epigenetics in donor conception?

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?