About Hettie Dubow
MA Clin Psych; Grad Dip Infant Mental Health,
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Hettie will be accepting new referrals from mid December 2023
Hettie completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 1995 and a Graduate Diploma in Infant Mental Health in 2005. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Hettie is experienced in supporting parents through the perinatal period, attending to the many and varied adjustment issues, mental health problems, and other difficulties that may arise. This includes perinatal anxiety, depression, adjustment to parenthood, ambivalence about a pregnancy, parent-infant bonding issues, reproductive loss, and trauma.
Hettie worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the inpatient and community programme of the Christchurch Mother Baby Unit for almost a decade before moving to Melbourne where she took up a Clinical Psychology position at the Austin Parent Infant Unit. She has worked at the Parent Infant Clinic (PIRI), and was part of the Parent Infant Mental Health Initiative (PIMHI) Team associated with the Austin Parent Infant Unit. Hettie has consulted as an external supervisor to the Melbourne University Clinical Psychology Programme, and has provided consultation to groups of Maternal & Child Health Nurses.
Hettie currently works in private practice in Kew. She provides clinical supervision to a range of health care professionals. Hettie also provides seminars focussing on attachment theory and its clinical applications.
Hettie is a registered as a Circle of Security parent educator, and teaches the Circle of Security Parenting Programme to groups of parents. This programme focusses on facilitating parents' understanding of the relational and emotional needs of their infants and young children (aged 0 - 4 years).
Approach to Therapy
Hettie provides individual therapy to parents experiencing difficulties during pregnancy and the postpartum. Her interventions with parents include a focus on facilitating bonding and parent-child relationships, as well building parental confidence. Hettie assists parents to deal with other difficulties that arise at this time, such as anxiety and depression, decision making related to conception or termination, childbirth-related trauma, adjustment to parenthood, adjustment to the change from being a couple to being parents, the re-emergence of memories relating to clients' own parents, re-definition of the self in relation to parenthood, relationship issues with extended family, and reproductive loss. Hettie also supports parents who have pre-existing mental illness and experience a re-emergence of symptoms in pregnancy or after birth. Where there are long standing relationship difficulties, Hettie works closely with couple and family therapists in order to fully support her clients. Similarly, she works closely with perinatal psychiatrists and Maternal & Child Health nurses to provide optimal collaborative care.
Hettie uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Schema-focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic therapies. Choice of treatment modality and length of treatment depends on the particular difficulties a client may be experiencing. The trajectory of treatment is discussed collaboratively. Hettie has a particular interest in applying the principles of attachment theory in her work with parents. This means, attending to the ways in which individuals within a family relate to each other and enhancing their relationships through the acquisition of healthy connection skills. Hettie has a special interest in working with hopeful, expectant and new parents from the LBGTQIA+ community.
If required, Hettie can provide therapy in Afrikaans.
Registered with Psychology Board of Australia (PBA)
Registered Supervisor Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Registered Circle of Security parent educator
Member Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists
Registered with The Perinatal Loss Centre
Miller, R. Dubow, H., & Szego, K. (2018). Perinatal mental health: An area of specialty. O&G Magazine, 20, 15-17.
Brockington, I.F., Aucamp, H.M., & Frazer, C. (2006). Severe disorders of the mother infant relationship: Definitions and frequency. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 9(5): 243-252.
Brockington, I., Chandra, P., Bramante, A., Dubow, H., Fakher, W., Garcia-Esteve, L., Hofberg, K., Moussa, S., Palacios-Hernandez, B., Parfitt, Y, Shieh, P. (2016). The Stafford Interview: A comprehensive interview for mother-infant psychiatry, Archives of Women's Mental Health, 10.
Brockington, I., Butterworth, R., Glangeaud-Freudenthal, N., Dubow, H., and 65 authors from 33 nations. (2016). An international position paper on mother-infant (perinatal) mental health, with guidelines for clinical practice. Archives of Women's Mental Health, DOI: 10.1007/s00737-016-0684-7
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