Maintaining your total health and wellbeing is important at all times in your life, but especially before, during and after pregnancy, and during your years as a parent. This period can present many challenges, some of which may impact on your mental health. That’s why Greenslopes Obstetrics & Gynaecology has partnered with independent, qualified women’s psychologists.
Women’s Psychologist – Narelle Dickinson
The type of supportive counselling Narelle provides can help you to grow and learn to deal with the stress of everyday life. As a specialist in women’s issues, Narelle has successfully treated post-natal and ante-natal depression. She has helped women to cope with natal loss, near natal-loss, and many different anxieties, including those related to infertility. She has supported women through all stages of their transition to becoming a parent and their time as a parent.
Narelle strives to empower her patients by helping them to understand their feelings and how to manage them, supporting them to live full, happy and rewarding lives.
Her total independence from you and your family also offers you complete privacy.
Narelle has been a Psychologist in Queensland since 1995 and is currently endorsed as a Clinical and Health Psychologist. She has been actively involved in her profession, not only as a clinician, but also within various professional boards and organisations, including Psychology Board of Australia, Australian Psychological Society, APS College of Clinical Psychologists, APS College of Health Psychologists, Fertility Society of Australia, Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association and Marce Society.
Narelle has practiced the areas of mental health, women’s health, fertility, paediatric services, relationships counselling, physical health and disability. A key aspect of her practice is the provision of counselling to individuals and couples either contemplating or undertaking assisted reproductive treatment.
Visit Narelle’s website.
Women’s Psychologist – Laura Grace
Chronic pain can have a huge impact on your life and require significant adjustment. Chronic pelvic pain, in particular, can have a far-reaching impact on your social life, career, time spent with family, sex life and your relationship with your partner. Psychologist Laura Grace can assist you in coping with the impact of pain, and to live a full life by providing you with support and space to navigate the emotional side of your condition. Laura helps women, their partners and families to maintain their health and wellbeing and navigate the challenges that chronic pain or pregnancy can bring.
Laura Grace is a registered psychologist who aims to make a positive difference to the lives of the patients she works with. She holds a Masters of Applied Psychology (Health) from the University of Queensland and entered the profession to assist people in alleviating their concerns and improving their wellbeing.
Laura provides assessment and therapy to patients, and helps them to cope more effectively with life and to bring about change in their lives. Her experience includes adjustment to and management of chronic pain and illness, a variety of mental health concerns across ages, and working with women who have terminated pregnancy due to foetal abnormality. Of particular interest is chronic pain, perinatal mental health, and anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders in all age groups.
Laura enjoys helping patients to feel empowered in achieving improved mental wellbeing and supporting them in improving their quality of life. She feels lucky to be invited to sit with them and hear their stories.
Your GOG doctor may refer you to a women’s psychologist or you may wish to enquire directly by calling GOG on 07 3188 5000 or emailing email@example.com
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. Further information is available from the Australian Psychological Society and Medicare.
You may find the information from these links useful to help you make the most informed decisions about the treatments available to you during pregnancy.