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New Practice Address

I have very excited to announce that my practice has now officially partnered with the team at Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Possums for Mothers and Babies.  I am now offering appointments on Thursdays and Fridays from a brand new consulting room within Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology. If you would like to make an appointment… Continue reading New Practice Address

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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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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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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?

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Minding your mind with Mind The Bump

This certainly isn't a new resource, but it is worth remembering as it such a great little mindfulness app, especially made for pregnancy - and it is free!.  It has been developed by the clever people at Beyond Blue and can be downloaded to any device https://www.mindthebump.org.au

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What’s it really like to be a surrogate?

For many people, it seems incredible to imagine that a woman can be a gestational surrogate - that she is able to carry the pregnancy to term, tolerate the morning sickness, interrupted sleep, aches and pains etc, and then after 9 months, voluntarily hand that baby over to another person/couple.  But a significant number of… Continue reading What’s it really like to be a surrogate?

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“Oh I could never do that!”

Many people are utterly perplexed with how any woman could undertake a surrogacy arrangement.  I often hear people explain "I could never do that", or "I would get too attached to the baby". And for some women that is true - they are not candidates to become surrogates as they are unable to "flick it… Continue reading “Oh I could never do that!”

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Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community

This provides an incredibly interesting perspective for the future of anonymity in donor conception.  Anyone contemplating either becoming a donor, or having a child via donor conception, who believes that donor conceived people can (or should) be kept "in the dark" about their biological identity should consider the implications of genetic testing in the broader… Continue reading Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community

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Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?

Many of us focus heavily on weight loss as a goal - but there is debate over whether or not this is the best way to be thinking.  An increasing number of experts are now encouraging a focus on health, rather than weight.     This article from the ABC describes more on what we… Continue reading Time to rethink losing weight, and refocus on being healthy?