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Mother-baby information, postnatal depression, transition to parenthood.

Assistance with the Transition to Parenthood in Melbourne

Gain the skills to overcome parenting challenges

Adjusting to life as a parent can be a struggle. Just as no one’s experience is the same, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. Everyone faces different challenges. Our practitioners can help you identify, cope with and overcome parenting challenges, so that you can build the best possible relationship with your child and partner.

Treatment for postnatal depression and assistance for parents having difficulties in their new roles as mothers and fathers

The perinatal and infant period spans from the beginning of pregnancy up to the time that the baby is about one year old. This is a significant time of adjustment and stress for parents, and emotional health problems may occur for some people. Many women and their partners experience feelings of distress and anxiety in the perinatal period. This is common and often resolves with support from family, friends and other support services.

For some people, adjustment will be more difficult and they may notice ongoing changes in mood, sleep, motivation, confidence and appetite. Other signs may include withdrawal from family and friends. Depression can also develop before or after the birth of the baby and if you or your family notice any of these changes it is a good idea to discuss them with a professional.

Infants need an attentive, emotionally responsive caregiver for their healthy physical, social and emotional development. A relationship in which the infant feels secure and connected to his/her caregiver promotes later psychological wellbeing.

At VCPS we provide support to mothers, fathers and their babies. Mother-father-baby work aims to assist parents be more effective in tuning into their own emotions and needs, the needs of their partner, and to understand what their baby requires at different stages of development. Our staff also assist mothers and fathers to support each other more effectively, create positive connections between themselves and with their baby. This creates room for bonding, observation and reflection. Often this type of work will help parents be “good enough” rather than “perfect”. Our work can incorporate play, which can be therapeutic for both baby and parents.

Most of our services attract a Medicare rebate, please enquire when you make an appointment.

The following practitioners at VCPS provide treatment for those experiencing difficulties in their new role as parents:

Nikki Zerman – Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Dr Philip Walsh - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Cherine Habib - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Olga Szymańska - Clinical Psychologist

If you are struggling with the transition to parenthood, click here or phone (03) 9419 7172 to make an appointment with one of our experienced practitioners. We’ll help you get the building blocks to overcome any challenge.

The following practitioners at VCPS provide counselling and assistance to those experiencing difficulties in their new role as parents: