About Dr Shikkiah de Quadros-Wander
BA (Hons), DPsych (Clin), MAPS
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Shikkiah graduated with first class honours in Psychology from Deakin University in 2005 before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009. She was awarded the Australian Psychological Society student prize in 2010 for her doctoral thesis examining the impact of perceived control on wellbeing in later life.
Shikkiah’s work in perinatal mental health began in 2008 with her clinical internship at the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) at Austin Health. Over a 12-month period, Shikkiah provided individual, couple and group counselling to parents and infants in the antenatal and postnatal period. She worked in the psychology team at Tweddle Child and Family Health Service between 2011 and 2015, conducting assessments and providing individual and group interventions for families on the residential unit while supporting nursing and early childhood staff. Shikkiah also saw parents and infants for short- and long-term therapy through the Tweddle outpatient clinic.
Shikkiah is a Circle of Security® Registered Parent Educator and has undertaken specialised training in supporting parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss or who are adjusting to a pregnancy following a loss.
Shikkiah has been a member of the Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network since its inception in 2014. She provides individual therapy to parents who are coping with perinatal loss, preparing for parenthood, experiencing ongoing impacts of birth trauma, or who require treatment or support for mental health and adjustment difficulties emerging in pregnancy and the postnatal period. Shikkiah works with infants alongside their parents where attachment and bonding issues are present, and sees couples for parenting-related difficulties. Shikkiah also runs the Circle of Security® Parenting group program on a regular basis to support parents to understand their children’s needs and promote a more attuned and secure relationship.
Shikkiah coordinates professional development activities for the Western Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN).
Approach to Therapy
Shikkiah understands that people make their most profound changes in a respectful space and works alongside individuals to determine the type of intervention most appropriate for their personalities and circumstances. She employs a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Mindfulness strategies.
Shikkiah utilises the Circle of Security model to help parents interpret their children’s emotional and relational needs, and to reflect on which they find most challenging to meet. Shikkiah uses attachment and systemic frameworks to better understand parent-infant interactions, and she includes infants and toddlers in therapy whenever appropriate. Shikkiah works closely with all other professionals involved in her clients' care to ensure the best possible outcome from therapy.
Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Circle of Security® Registered Parent Educator
Member of the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)
Member of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
de Quadros-Wander, S. & Stokes, M. (2007). The effect of mood on opposite-sex judgments of males’ commitment and females’ sexual intent. Evolutionary Psychology, 5(3), 453–475.
de Quadros-Wander, S., McGillivray, J. & Broadbent, J. (2013). The influence of perceived control on subjective wellbeing in later life. Social Indicators Research (DOI 10.1007/s11205-013-0243-9).
Broadbent, J., de Quadros-Wander, S. & McGillivray, J. (2013). Perceived control’s influence on wellbeing in residential care versus community dwelling older adults. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-11.