Anna-Lisa is a clinical psychologist who practices predominantly in perinatal mental health and adjustment during the early years of parenthood. In addition to her work with Gidget House Anna-Lisa works at Karitane assisting parents with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and parent-child relationship difficulties.
Anna-Lisa holds a Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD from Macquarie University. Her doctoral research focused on psychological characteristics that contribute to adjustment to motherhood, including investigating the impact of age and method of conception on parenting adaptation. She has previously worked in research and teaching at Macquarie University, and clinically in early intervention, child anxiety, and at St John of God mother-baby unit.
Anna-Lisa uses an integrative approach to therapy largely informed by attachment theory while also including evidence-based interventions from cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy. Anna-Lisa is also a certified Circle of Security Parenting Group educator.