Sarah is a clinical psychologist with a passion for supporting new and expecting parents during the antenatal and postpartum periods. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and utilizes her specialist training to develop collaborative working relationships with clients that are characterized by warmth, nurturance and respect for clients as the experts on their own lives.
Sarah works with clients experiencing perinatal mood disturbance (anxiety, depression), adjustment difficulties, and mental health issues in the perinatal period. She also welcomes clients wishing to talk about their experience of birth, births that didn’t meet their expectations, challenges such as premature births, through to birth experiences that were perceived as traumatic by parents. Sarah believes that becoming a parent is a transformative period in life that deserves support and care. Therapy provides a space for parents to reflect on their own experience of being parented and how this impacts their experience of the relationship they have with their children. Therapy can also be helpful for parents who are concerned about their capacity to cope with the demands of parenting.
Sarah is trained in evidence-based therapies and works collaboratively with clients to make sense of their presenting concerns and develop a treatment approach that best meets their needs. Her approach to treatment is informed by attachment theory and she views parenting as a relationship in which infant behavior has meaning. She has a keen interest in infant mental health and has completed training in Circle of Security which assists parents to understand their child’s emotional needs, help foster their ability to manage emotions and lay the ground-work for development of a secure parent child bond. In response to client needs and preference, treatment approaches may include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Therapy.
Sarah is skilled in working with clients experiencing concerns about their eating, body image or weight, and values a weight inclusive, non-dieting framework when establishing goals for treatment.
Sarah’s work history as a psychologist includes private psychiatric hospitals, a University Counselling Clinic, a specialist eating disorder clinic and a not for profit agency. Outside of the Centre for Clinical Psychology, Sarah works at a University nurturing the next generation of clinical psychologists.
- Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board (AHPRA) with area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology.