Services for you & your family

Clinical Psychology, Therapy &

 Occupational Therapy

Our Centre aims to provide a one-stop shop for you and your children. We work specifically with families from pregnancy planning through the antenatal, postnatal & parenting journey. We have a team of five practitioners, including four clinical psychologists whose area of special interest is perinatal mental health (meaning the period of time before birth and following it). We also provide therapeutic services to children with any social, emotional or behavioural concerns. Our Occupational Therapist works with children up to six years with a wide range of concerns including physical, social, toileting, eating and sleeping. Further, we service adults with all mental health concerns.

Please browse our website for more information regarding our areas of interest and work, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


Our experienced staff offer individually tailored, evidence based support to both children and adults with a wide range of concerns.

Our first priority is to provide a relaxed and supportive atmosphere in which clients can identify their needs and make progress towards their goals.

Conveniently located in Tusmore (adjacent to Burnside), the Paediatric & Perinatal Centre offers a respectful and considered client-centred approach.

Contact us for an appointment.

COVID-19 Update

The safety of our clients is our utmost priority and we have been carefully considering the risks and likelihood of COVID transmission in our centre. We have also recently been informed of insurance restrictions involving COVID transmission. We are supportive of individual’s choice to decide what they do with their body (e.g. whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19), however, our insurer dictates what we can do in our practice. Due to advice from our insurer we would like to make you aware of the following changes to our centre’s policies.

COVID Vaccination Policy

·       Clients over 12yrs will be required to confirm they have received at least one dose of COVID vaccination to attend the centre. If you have not received a vaccination, please be in contact with reception as soon as possible so that we can plan the best way to support your care.

·       Children under 12 (whom we recognise are unvaccinated for the time being) may only be accompanied by vaccinated adults.

·       Be aware all staff on site were mandated to have been vaccinated against COVID by Nov 8th

·       Please respect the vulnerable population who attend our clinic and do not attend if you have COVID symptoms (appointments can be changed to Telehealth even at the last minute).

·       Please wear a mask to your appointment and continue to wear a mask for the duration of your appointment (please discuss with reception before the day of your appointment if you hold an exemption).

·       We have made changes to our reception area in line with health advice we have received. We have been advised to remove indoor waiting areas to minimise potential transmission. Seats will be available on our veranda, or you are welcome to wait in your car.

·       When attending an appointment in person please wear a mask, let reception know you have arrived and where you will be waiting, and wait for your therapist either in your car or on our veranda until called.

·       If you are a parent who needs time alone with your child’s therapist whilst your child is also present, please discuss options with your therapist.

·       Telehealth appointments continue to attract Medicare rebates at least until the end of the calendar year and are excellent ways to minimise the spread. Please respond to our reminder SMS with either Video or Phone to confirm any appointment as Telehealth.

·       To reduce multiple people waiting at the reception desk you may be offered to complete payment prior to your appointment.

We thank you for your understanding that we are supportive of an individual’s choice regarding their own vaccination status and have applied these changes due to legal advice and with the intent of keeping all our clients safe and well. If you have any queries or concerns about these changes, please do be in touch with us via email at management@paediatricperinatal.com.au. Our Practice Manager or Directors are more than happy to discuss these restrictions in further detail should you have any queries or concerns. We look forward to supporting you throughout the uncertain times ahead. 

Warmly,

Dr Nicole Williams, Dr Brooke Ferguson (Directors) & Kathryn Heathfield (Practice Manager)

Paediatric, Perinatal & Adult Therapy Centre


Online Therapy: so very 2020

With the COVID-19 virus impacting us all we are finding our way in a new world. We can’t go out for dinner, see our friends or have play dates for our children. Our concerns for the health of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities are preoccupying; our jobs, income and businesses are on the line. Psychologists are not immune to these concerns, but we are trained to support people in challenging and uncertain times.

Many of us are choosing to self-isolate for the health of ourselves and our communities. But the impact of this is enormous. A lot of the strategies we usually use to self-regulate and destress are no longer accessible (e.g. socialise, go to the gym or exercise group, out to dinner, to the pub or the movies). So our reserves are lower, our stress is higher. There has never been a more important time to look after your mental health.

If you have children you would recognise they are impacted by these changes too. Not just by the limitations on their activities and social interactions but by the stress levels of their parents, siblings and caregivers. We are generally more frustrated, which makes them more frustrated, and we’re in each other’s pockets 24/7.

Psychologists in Australia (and around the world) have been delivering therapy via online platforms (Telehealth) for some time. The Telehealth clients of our clinic have been in rural areas and unable to access appropriate local support, some have been interstate or overseas. Whilst COVID-19 has brought, and will continue to bring, many challenges, the delivery of quality psychological support through our practice will not be disrupted. You can stay connected to your therapist throughout the uncertainty of the next few weeks and months by undertaking consultations online.

Telehealth initially seems like a different way to undertake therapy, and some may have concerns regarding what this looks like, so we have made some notes below. We are happy to answer any further questions, please let us know if you have any.

Concern: We won’t have the same connection online as face to face

This is a common concern but we haven’t had this issue. The first session online can be a little different to face-to-face as you get used to the platform, angle of the camera and work out (if you want to, as I do) how to cover the image of your own face so you aren’t distracted by it. Face to face first sessions can also feel a little tricky as you ask yourself to be vulnerable with a (lovely, experienced and non-judgemental) stranger. Once you have settled in online therapy is much the same as face-to-face, only easier.

I personally have undertaken training via an online platform (Zoom) over several months. This allowed me to undertake training that is not run within Australia (e.g. Mindful Birthing teacher training) and to access the wealth of knowledge of a number of great practitioners all over the world who were undertaking the training at the same time. I’ve also used it for supervision over the past year with a highly experienced clinician whom I wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise as she was not local to my area. My experience has been that it’s still easy to connect with people online, and it’s much easier to factor in the time of the actual call rather than that plus travel time (especially when someone is looking after your children at the time!).

Concern: Technology is too complicated

We have upgraded our online security by using our practice software (Cliniko) to undertake our sessions. It’s much like Skype but more secure. When you make a Telehealth appointment you receive a personal link to your appointment and all you have to do is click on the link. You’ll be taken directly to your appointment where you’ll either see your therapist or a message saying “waiting for X to join the call”. That’s it!

Concern: What if the internet drops out or it doesn’t work?

We always encourage having your phone nearby in case of issues. We sometimes use phone for voice and Cliniko just to see each other if there are sound issues. However, we can undertake the session just via phone if a client prefers or there are issues with the online application.

Concern: Is it secure?

Cliniko is secure. Check out their privacy policy. https://www.cliniko.com/security/

Concern: I’ll need equipment I don’t have

The only requirements for online therapy with us are:

  • A phone or computer with stable internet connection
  • A quiet and private place to talk
  • Consider headphones to improve sound quality and privacy if you prefer
  • An alternative phone number in case of any problems

Concern: It’s all too hard

Perhaps a phone consult is preferable? We offer these too.

These are challenging times and it is easy to put your needs to the side while you focus on the needs of others. This isn’t always in your best interests (or theirs in the long term).

 

In summary, Telehealth is unfamiliar to many but most of us are familiar with Skype, FaceTime or What’s App. Online therapy can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy, and you’ll likely settle in quickly if you give it a try.



Circle of Security Parenting Program

Available in Term 2 2022

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine
what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from
you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how
secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. This program assists parents/caregivers to:

       - understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
       - support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
       - enhance the development of their child's self esteem

8 week course via Zoom 

Individual/ couple options also available, please enquire

$50 per person/ $80 per couple per session. Facilitated by highly experienced OT Ali Taylor

Please call or email us for more information. Numbers strictly limited, book quickly!

If these times don't suit please register interest for future groups in person (when COVID restrictions are eased) or online.


105 Tusmore Avenue, Tusmore 

Phone:7228 5363

Email: reception@paediatricperinatal.com.au

Fax: 8125 6660