Lisa is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work specialising in infant and perinatal mental health. She has worked in the perinatal mental health field for over fifteen years. She is passionate about the importance of supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of new parents, particularly mothers as they journey through pregnancy and into the early parenting years. Lisa has experience providing support to families in relation to a number of issues including; adjustment to parenting, perinatal emotional distress, depression, anxiety, birth trauma, grief and loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, young Mums, relationship stress and domestic violence. Lisa has been working as a Manager of Child and Family Services for a residential Mum and Bub unit supporting mothers in building connected relationships with their children whilst they participate in treatment for their mental health and substance use for over a decade. She is also a Child and Family Partner with Emerging Minds who work to support children of parents with mental health issues and their families.
Lisa is a warm and compassionate clinician and works to promote a safe and nurturing space for parents seeking support. Lisa works from a strength-based, trauma-informed approach and is a trained practitioner and facilitator of Circle of Security and Parents Under Pressure (PUP). Lisa believes the relationship we form with our clinician is what helps us find healing so has a very flexible approach that is client centred.
Lisa finds sometimes words and talking are not the only path to healing so offers a variety of creative art and drama based ways of processing as well as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), family systems theory and additionally draws on principles from attachment theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, and solution focused therapy.
Lisa looks forward to walking with you and your family as you find your own way through the joys and challenges of parenthood.