Services for you & your family
Clinical Psychology &
Paediatric 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 paediatric 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.
Circle of Security Parenting Program
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
Day: Mon 25th May, 11:30am -1pm
Evening: Wed 27th May, 7:30pm-9pm
Individual/ couple options also available, please enquire
$50 per person/ $80 per couple per session. Facilitated by highly experienced Paediatric 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.
These are uncertain times and we are well aware of how this may feel for many of you. Given the uncertainty and the fact that the landscape is constantly shifting at present, we wanted to provide some certainty in terms of ongoing psychological assistance for you.
We have always taken the health and welfare of our clients seriously as we work with some vulnerable populations. We have stepped up our cleaning and sanitising to ensure that we are providing the cleanest environment that we can. Our whole team are aware of appropriate hygiene practices and of when they would be required to self-isolate.
We have been fortunate in South Australia to have COVID-19 seemingly well controlled for the time being. As such some of our clinicians are looking to offer face to face consults again in coming weeks. Please note Telehealth (services provided via online video conferencing or telephone) will always be available. At this stage Medicare rebates are available with valid Mental Health Care Plans for Telehealth appointments until September. We expect this will be updated closer to that date.
As we look toward returning to offer in person appointments, please be assured that your mental and physical health remains our first priority. As part of this, please be aware that our staff may discontinue a face to face session if a client appears unwell. In this circumstance the usual fees for service would apply.
Please be aware our reception hours are currently reduced due to COVID restrictions. You will be able to leave a message on voicemail or send through queries to our reception email and we will contact you as soon as we can. There may be times when you are invoiced for the service rather than pay at the desk. We appreciate your patience.
We are here to support all of our clients at this uncertain time. The current situation is placing significant strain on many individuals, families and small businesses and we are pleased to be in a position to assist. We are confident that with these procedures and options in place that our practice will be well placed to continue to support you and all of our clients in the months and years to come.
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?
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.
- Antenatal Concerns
- Postnatal Depression
- Postnatal Anxiety
- Traumatic Birth
- Attachment relationships with children
- Fertility concerns & IVF
- Grief & Loss
105 Tusmore Avenue, Tusmore 7228 5363