After completing a Bachelor of Arts Psychology Honours (first class) in 1998, Delwyn attained a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) from Monash University in 2004. Delwyn first developed an interest in perinatal psychology during her internship in the Young Women’s Antenatal Clinic at Monash University in 2002. It was here that Delwyn recognized the importance and far-reaching value of early intervention for maternal and infant mental health. During and after her postgraduate study Delwyn was employed full-time at Delmont Private Psychiatric Hospital where she provided individual and group therapy in an acute setting. Over the past 15 years Delwyn has worked in private hospitals, maternity inpatient and outpatient settings and in private practice.
Delwyn works with women and their families during preconception, pregnancy and the postnatal period. With a strong background in mental health disorders Delwyn is experienced in assisting women with a prior history of mood disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorders. Delwyn assists mothers and fathers in adjusting to parenthood, with parent/infant relationship difficulties, birth trauma, reproductive loss and grief, and infertility.
Delwyn’s Honours and Doctoral Research focused on anxiety, perfectionism, motivation and achievement in performance settings in a sample of musicians and medical students. Prior to her Psychology studies, Delwyn had a professional career as a Musician and Music Educator in Classroom and Instrumental Music from Primary through Secondary schools. Delwyn subsequently lectured on Performance Psychology to musicians at the Victoria College of the Arts. Delwyn draws on this background to assist individuals with anxiety, and perfectionistic expectations in their parenting roles, and in their lives.
Approach to Therapy
Delwyn has a warm, gentle demeanour. She values the importance of listening without judgement, and in providing a safe environment in which to explore issues. Delwyn uses a collaborative therapeutic relationship through which to understand feelings, unhelpful patterns of behaviour, reduce symptoms of distress and support positive change. Delwyn is a trained Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) who draws from a range of therapy models in addition to CBT including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic approaches to meet the individual needs of each client.
Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists
Member of Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)
Member of The Perinatal Loss Centre