Antenatal and postnatal psychology services expand in Melbourne's East. This means more immediate help for distressed new mums, and less distance for pregnant and postnatal women to travel.
We are delighted to announce the addition of three exceptional perinatal Clinical Psychologists to our team in the East.
Dr Delwyn Carpenter, located in Burwood East and Boronia, brings 15 years experience to our network, Delwyn sees women (and men) with 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, parenting stress, birth trauma, reproductive loss and grief, and infertility.
Rachel Watts, located in Doncaster East, brings 20 years experience working with women and families transitioning through partnering, pregnancy and the postnatal period. She works both individually with clients, and facilitates postnatal depression and anxiety groups. Rachel works with women who have a history or a perinatal onset of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rachel assists women and couples in their adjustment to parenting, as well as supporting people through reproductive loss. Rachel enjoys mentoring and supervising early career psychologists – a role she currently undertakes in both private practice, and at the Austin Health Parent Infant Clinic and the Parent Infant Research Institute.
Yolanda Romeo, located in Kew, holds two Clinical Masters degrees – one in adult clinical psychology, and the other in child and adolescent clinical psychology. With further training in the Graduate Diploma of Parent-Infant Mental Health, Yolanda brings many years experience working with women in pregnancy and the postnatal period, as well as with parents of infants, parents of older children, and the children themselves. In her private practice, Yolanda works with perinatal depression and anxiety, birth trauma, perinatal loss, bonding and attachment issues, as well as helping parents deal with family of origin issues and mental health issues that emerged during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Our three new Psychologists join veteran members of APPN, Hettie Dubow (Kew), Kanthi Sayers (Kew) and Vickey Annakis(Box Hill) to provide women and families in the east with psychological help during the childbearing years.
To find out about our service in other Melbourne, Peninsula and regional locations, please visit our website.
At the Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network, we are particular about collaborating with psychologists who possess the qualities we know women and couples value when seeking help for difficulties related to fertility, pregnancy, the postnatal period, and the early parenting years. Patients select the psychologist of their choice from our website, and the initial and ongoing contact is made directly with that psychologist. We operate this way in order to ensure new patients feel at ease from the first point of contact. You and your patients can be assured that our psychologists fulfil the criteria of the six C's:
Patients need to know that the psychologist is competent - that she/he (I will use "she") is informed of the latest perinatal research and clinical evidence-base, and that she has helped other people with similar presenting problems during pregnancy and/or the postpartum.
The psychologist has the qualifications, specific training, and experience to substantiate her expertise in the perinatal field.
The psychologist shows a genuine concern about the well-being of your patients, helping them to build their confidence and resources for managing the difficulties they face.
The psychologist is empathic, kind and non-judgemental, with a deep-seated belief in the human capacity for psychological growth.
The psychologist has the temperament, experience and ability to tolerate and manage big emotions, intense grief, and crisis situations.
The psychologist can be trusted to care responsibly for at-risk patients (including infants). She communicates well with medical and obstetric practitioners, and has good relationships with maternal & child health nurses to fully support new parents. She works collaboratively with perinatal psychiatrists (knowing when to refer patients to such psychiatrists). She is vigilant about ethics, patient confidentiality, reporting, and follow-up that is in the best interest of the patient.
Finally, for pregnant and postnatal patients, it is helpful for the psychologist to be close in proximity, so that the patient does not need to travel too far - especially if pregnant or with little ones.
These therapist qualities, along with 16 Melbourne and 2 Mornington Peninsula Clinic locations, depict the core values of the Antenatal & Postnatal Psychology Network, in our best efforts to service Melbourne's perinatal populations. Indeed, these are the qualities upon which we recently expanded our service by collaborating with three impressive perinatal psychologists located in Melbourne's East. Dr Delwyn Carpenter (Burwood East and Boronia), Rachel Watts (Doncaster East), and Yolanda Romeo (Kew).
If you are a referrer and you would like to meet the psychologist/s in your area, we are more than happy to come by your practice or centre to meet in person. This can be arranged by contacting Dr Renée Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Dr Renée Miller