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Interest areas

Hannah provides individual counselling to women aged 18 and above and is experienced in the following areas:

  • depression and anxiety

  • pregnancy and postnatal difficulties

  • conception, IVF, miscarriage and termination

  • parenting

  • relationship problems 

  • parenting stress

  • binge eating

  • grief and loss

  • self-esteem and assertiveness

  • stress management 

 

Approach to therapy
Hannah takes an eclectic and individualised approach to her work with women. She believes first and foremost in the importance of a strong, safe, and comfortable relationship with her clients. From this foundation, she uses strategies from a range of treatment approaches including:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to cultivate qualities of presence, awareness, acceptance, and self-compassion

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to explore thinking patterns which may be contributing to distress

  • Interpersonal Therapy to explore relevant life experiences and understand the dynamics of current relationships

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to connect with the values which are important to you, and

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy to understand the important role of emotions in a satisfying life.

 
Hannah is particularly passionate about the potential benefits of mindfulness for women and their families, and has participated in meditation retreats in Australia and overseas. She has extensive experience facilitating mindfulness groups for women and has undertaken specific training for the use of mindfulness in the perinatal period (Mindful Motherhood training for Professionals).
 
Hannah is committed to a holistic approach to mental health, taking into account the psychological, social, physical, and cultural contributors to maternal mental health. This may include understanding the role of intimate relationships, acknowledging the significance of time out and social support, and assessing the cultural expectations of motherhood.
 
Hannah loves sharing the perinatal period with her clients – it is a time of such excitement and joy, but also often a time of great hardship and stress. Through counselling, Hannah has seen how the experience of motherhood can act as a catalyst for extraordinary and lasting changes in women’s lives.

Booking your first session

Prior to booking in for your first appointment, Hannah likes to have a brief  chat on the phone to ensure she is the right psychologist for you. In this phone call, she will ask you a bit about what has been happening for you, and also discuss her current availability and wait times. The recommended number of sessions will be dependent on your circumstances and presenting issues. Weekly or fortnightly sessions are generally recommended in the beginning of therapy. However everyone is slightly, so please feel free to outline your needs and wishes to Hannah.

Fees and Sessions

Sessions run for 50-60 minutes at a cost of $180 per session (a concession rate is available for Health Care Card holders). If you have a referral and Mental Health Care Plan from a GP you will be eligible for a Medicare rebate of $86.10 per session, up to 10 sessions per calendar year.