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????
With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient's obstetric or gynaecological care. Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering their… Continue reading Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care
If you have had children, you are likely to feel like almost has everything changed in your life when you became a parent - the way you think, your sleep patterns, your relationship with partner and family, your social situation, your economic capacity, your body (oh goodness, how that changes, especially during pregnancy!!), your house/car,… Continue reading What Happened to Me? Is “Baby Brain” really a thing?
I am doing heaps of research at the moment so I keep finding amazing articles to share. This one from the SMH is a few years old, but is a truely brilliant piece of writing about a personal experience of becoming unwell in the context of having a new baby. Miki Perkins has written an… Continue reading PND -“In a few short weeks, I went mad”
The transition into becoming parent to another person is often described as the biggest (and frequently most abrupt) transition we undertake during our lives. It causes the other common role transitions to seem much more gradual and manageable: becoming an adult has many, graduated steps; becoming a partner is something we can warm up to… Continue reading The transition to “parenthood”
There is a lot of talk currently about neuroplasticity - the idea that we can rewire our brain. But what does this really mean? How does it happen? Why is it important? An important part of the work of a psychologist is helping people to change behaviour, to learn new ways of thinking and behaving,… Continue reading Can we really change our brains?
What a great session today, presenting on the relationship between eating disorders and infertility. I was humbled to present alongside some amazing speakers: Assoc Professor Warren Ward, Dr Susan Roberts and Dr Susan Wilson, Mr Bruce Laing and 2 fabulous women with the lived experience of eating disorder. So much experience and wisdom from the… Continue reading Eating Disorders in the Peripartum