Perinatal and infant mental health can be described as the emotional and psychological wellbeing of women, their infants, partners and family, commencing from preconception through pregnancy up to three years postpartum (Queensland Health 2014). This is the time of highest risk for women to develop mental health problems with a varying degree of severity and impact on functioning.
Research undertaken in Australia and internationally suggests that up to 1 in every 5 women may experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, or both during pregnancy and/or following birth.
The perinatal period is associated with an increased risk of both mental health relapse, and newly diagnosed mental health disorders. Research also suggests many women diagnosed with mental health disorders become parents, and it is of utmost importance that their ongoing mental health care needs are identified and treated.
Wells Psychology offers safe and supportive counselling to mothers struggling with the challenges of becoming a parent. Wells Psychology offers caring and confidential support for parents wanting to discuss their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
For more information on pregnancy and postnatal support, visit our helpful resources page.
Women face a unique set of mental health challenges. While each woman is different, and thus may struggle with different issues, some of the most common concerns include: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, hormonal changes, infertility, domestic violence, sexual abuse, parenting struggles, discrimination, and low self-esteem and self-worth.
Wells Psychology offers a space for women to safely share their experiences without judgement.
Parenting is often said to be one of the greatest yet most stressful roles anyone could experience.
The responsibility of raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted children can sometimes feel very overwhelming for parents.
All parents experience ups and downs as their children grow and develop. These challenges can make it harder for parents to give their children the loving support they need for development.
Wells Psychology supports parents with evidence-based strategies to improve their parenting confidence without the parent guilt.
Parents also have the option to complete the Circle of Security ParentingTM (COSP) Program with Ashlee Wells who is a Registered Facilitator.
COSP is a research-based program that helps parents understand their children's emotional needs and develop secure attachments, thereby helping them grow into healthy adults.
Neurodiversity is the concept that recognizes the natural variance within human brains, how they work, and how they interact with their environment (Singer, 1998). This approach to understanding neurology recognizes that there is not one type of brain.
Neurodiversity-affirming refers to the mindset that respects these diversities without pathologising them or their behaviour based on neurotypical standards, validating and supporting the individual’s autonomy and lived experiences.
Wells Psychology understands that ALL brains and people are unique and this is what makes our community whole.
Wells Psychology provides adult assessment and diagnosis for Autism and ADHD.
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