About Rachel Watts
BSc., Grad Dip Applied Science,
Adv Cert Family Therapy,
Post Grad Cert Dev Psych,
Grad Dip Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MAPS
Tuesday – am, pm
Thursday – pm, evening
Friday – am, pm
Please note, longer than usual wait times.
Rachel has worked as a psychologist with adults, families, and children, for more than 20 years. Rachel’s early work in Australia and in the United Kingdom centred around supporting families and children with parenting concerns, child emotional and behavioural concerns, mental health issues, trauma, and life threatening illness. More recently her work has been with adults, particularly those who are in the postnatal period and the early parenting years.
Rachel’s current practice supports women, men and families as they transition into family life. Rachel sees clients who are experiencing the grief of miscarriage and other pregnancy losses. In addition, Rachel works with women and men who are experiencing depression, anxiety and adjustment difficulties in pregnancy and the postnatal period, as well as with new parents who are finding the transition to parenthood challenging. Rachel works with women who have longstanding mental health issues (such as, Bipolar Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) that has continued or has emerged in pregnancy or the postnatal period.
Rachel also works with parents at the Austin Health Parent Infant Clinic and the Parent Infant Research Institute. Through this clinic, she is primarily involved with facilitating groups for new and expectant mothers who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression. Rachel works with these mums to enhance their self-confidence and enjoyment in their new roles as parents.
Rachel values collaborative and productive relationships with other professionals and to this end works closely with General Practitioners, Midwives and Maternal and Child Health Nurses.
Mentoring and supervision of early career psychologists forms a significant part of Rachel’s work. She brings experience, expertise and compassion to the supervisor role and is particularly interested in supporting health professionals who are working with perinatal populations.
Approach to Therapy
Rachel’s approach to therapy is collaborative, compassionate and evidence based. Rachel creates a safe and supportive environment in which clients can explore their difficulties, losses, challenges and questions in order to move towards more contentment and joy.
Rachel's therapeutic framework draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based therapies, Family Therapy, and Compassion-Focussed Therapy. Rachel works closely with clients, listening to each person’s individual story, in order to help them identify their short and long term goals. From there, Rachel considers the most appropriate and useful approach to therapy which she applies in collaboration with each client. Rachel is happy to offer both short and long term work.
Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA)
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Member of the APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)
Member of The Perinatal Loss Centre