Perinatal Services

At Let’s Talk Psychology Practice we are keenly aware of the challenges presented to women and their families during the perinatal period (from pregnancy, to birth, and beyond).  We understand that for many individuals the transition to parenthood can be a time of enormous physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth and change.  Indeed,each passage through birth into parenthood is a journey into the unknown, with new hopes, fears, expectations, and demands.

For many individuals, becoming a parent is the most significant life-changing event they will ever experience.  Many adjustments have to be made to successfully navigate the transition to parenthood.  This life experience requires complex adjustments and adaptations to the many changes that take place when having a baby.

Let’s Talk Psychology Practice provides specialised perinatal psychological services to parents, infants, couples, and families. We aim to provide a service that acknowledges the complex adjustments and adaptations to the many changes that take place when having a baby.

The perinatal  services encompass the antenatal and postnatal periods.  Specialist perinatal interventions are provided for:

  • Depression and anxiety during pregnancy (antenatal depression) and after childbirth (postnatal depression)
  • Re-emergence of grief regarding past losses, such as a previous miscarriage or the loss of a parent
  • Couple relationship issues
  • Issues in the parent-infant relationship (eg bonding issues, intense anxieties about the baby’s well-being)
  • Difficult behaviours or emotional distress in older siblings
  • Broader family issues (e.g. difficulties in relationships with own parents or in-laws)
  • Perinatal grief and loss: Miscarriage, still-birth, loss of baby
  • Fertility issues; Decisions about pregnancy

Perinatal Psychological services are provided as:

    • individual therapy, or
    • specialised group interventions including:
      • ‘Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression’
      • ‘Managing Motherhood: Antenatal and Postnatal Motherhood Support Groups’
      • ‘Being a Mindful Parent’

Specialist Perinatal Interventions

Let’s Talk Psychology Practice provides specialised perinatal psychological services to parents, infants, couples, and families.  These services encompass the antenatal and postnatal periods.  Specialist perinatal interventions are provided for:

  • Depression and anxiety during pregnancy (antenatal depression) and after childbirth (postnatal depression)
  • Re-emergence of grief regarding past losses, such as a previous miscarriage or the loss of a parent
  • Couple relationship issues
  • Issues in the parent-infant relationship (eg bonding issues, intense anxieties about the baby’s well-being)
  • Difficult behaviours or emotional distress in older siblings
  • Broader family issues (e.g. difficulties in relationships with own parents or in-laws)
  • Perinatal grief and loss: Miscarriage, still-birth, loss of baby
  • Fertility issues
  • Decisions about pregnancy

We also offer a number of group-based perinatal interventions.  Please see ‘Specialist Perinatal Group Based Interventions’ for more information.

If you are a parent who is experiencing difficulties please contact:
Dr Charise Deveney on 0424 143 473
or email charise@letstalkpsychology.com.au 
She can advise and guide you toward the most appropriate service for your specific needs.

Group-based perinatal interventions

We provide a number of specialist group-based perinatal interventions.  The groups offer a warm and safe environment for expectant mothers, new mothers, and fathers to explore the range of challenges and adjustments inherent in the transition to parenthood.  Specialist perinatal group-based interventions include:

  • Baby Massage: The First Touch Program
  • ‘Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression’
  • ‘Managing Motherhood: Antenatal and Postnatal Motherhood Support Groups’
  • ‘Being a Mindful Parent’:  Using mindfulness skills to connect with your experience, self, and children in the hear and now.
  • Raising Children With Mindful Awareness’

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Managing Motherhood: Antenatal & Postnatal Motherhood Support Groups

“Each passage through birth into motherhood is a journey into the unknown, with new hopes, fears, expectations, and dreams.”

The transition to motherhood is a time of enormous physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth and change for women, whether or not this is your first child.  Realistic preparation for the postnatal period helps to smooth the path for the transition into Motherhood.

Managing Motherhood: Antenatal and Postnatal Motherhood Support Groups

  • Managing Motherhood is a 2 session group program for expectant and new Mothers that includes:
    • a Antenatal 1.5hr group session for pregnant women between 30-39 weeks gestation, and
    • a Postnatal 1.5hr group session for Mums and their babies (aged 2-13 weeks old).
  • Managing Motherhood helps women prepare for and adjust to the challenges of Motherhood; making the transition into motherhood as smooth and joyful as possible.

What Will We Do In The Group?

  • Explore and discuss the range of emotions, life changes, and challenges experienced during the transition into Motherhood;
  • Talk about expectations of Motherhood and cultivate realistic expectations of Motherhood;
  • Learn coping and parenting strategies to assist in the transition to Motherhood; and
  • Talk about how to manage new mother moods.

Who Is This Group For?

Managing Motherhood is for expectant and new mothers who are interested in:

  • preparing for the emotional, physical, and social adjustments of motherhood as best they can,
  • exploring ways to enhance their experience of Motherhood, and
  • learning ways to assist the mother-baby bonding process.

I want to Attend – How Do I Enrol?

  • Let your Obstetrician know that you would like to attend Managing Motherhood, or
  • Call Dr Charise Deveney  on: #0424 143 473.