Mothers, Milk & Mental Health offer a range of services, from individual therapy to speaking engagements and professional development workshops.
Amanda works in private practice 3 days a week at Redlands Psychologists at Cleveland, where she sees a range of presentations (ie not just mums!).
A relaxed yet educational antenatal class with a difference – Heart Space discusses the emotional challenges of pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenthood.
Amanda works in private practice 3 days a week at Redlands Psychologists at Cleveland. In her private practice, she sees a range of presentations (ie not just mums!). Amanda is able to see patients privately without a referral (some private health funds offer rebates for psychology services – check with your fund), under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan, or ATAPS referral. For information about how to book an appointment, see the Contact tab at the top of the page.
Amanda believes in “parenting with both hands” – one hand to hold the emotion, and the other to hold the behaviour.
Gentle parenting doesn’t mean permissive parenting, and there are healthy, respectful ways to negotiate a family dynamic that meets everyone’s needs. Utilising evidence-based practice with an attachment focus, Amanda can assist you in forming healthy emotional bonds with your child/ren, while also providing practical behaviour management advice for navigating the challenges of parenting young children.
Amanda is open and supportive of gentle parenting practices including bed-sharing/co-sleeping, breastfeeding to natural term and babywearing. But she also knows that every family is unique, with their own dynamic, values and histories. Therapy is tailored to suit YOUR context. There is no “one right way” to be a parent.
Drawing on the evidence-based principles of mindfulness and self-compassion, Heart Space is a relaxed yet educational antenatal class specifically designed to help prepare women and their partners emotionally for the challenges of pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenthood.
Topics covered include:
- Self-image and identity changes
- Preparing for Birth: Letting Go doesn’t mean Giving Up
- The Early Daze: surviving the first 12 weeks with a newborn
- Coping with strong emotions
- Self-care: How to care for yourself while caring for a baby
- Self-compassion and kindness
The aim of the group is to:
- Reduce anxiety levels
- Improve mood
- Learn about normal newborn behaviour
- Help mentally prepare for birth and early parenting
- Improve relationships
- Prevent and treat perinatal anxiety and depression
Heart Space workshops are run periodically by Amanda through Redlands Psychologists.
Amanda is not just a great listener, she is also a great speaker!
Amanda has experience presenting to the general public as well as range of health professionals including midwives, lactation consultants, GPs, and psychologists. She’d love the chance to present for you!
Amanda balances science, analogies and self-disclosure to bring to life up-to-date, evidence-based information about infant feeding, parenting and mental health.
Some of Amanda’s favourite topics to speak about are:
- Supporting breastfeeding mothers with perinatal mood disorders
- Perinatal Depression (PND) and Perinatal Anxiety (PNA)
- Postnatal Rage
- Gentle Parenting
- Normal Newborn Behaviour
- Cultivating Self-Compassion
- Emotional responses to breastfeeding – including breastfeeding after trauma, nursing aversion and D-MER (dysphoric milk ejection reflex)
These speaking events can be in a small setting, i.e. a workplace PD, or in medium to large settings, like national conferences!
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