Women’s Health Issues – Perinatal and Postnatal Depression & Menopause

At Psychologists Southern Sydney (PSS) our team of caring, mature psychologists see women of all ages and backgrounds to work through issues which may be affecting their happiness and mental well-being. We offer women counselling and psychological therapies and coaching to help with life’s challenging issues such as relationships, anxiety, stress, career transitions, pregnancy, parenting and family issues, loss and grief, self-esteem, assault, addictions and disordered eating and depression. Sometimes our clients need a confidential ear, someone to work on a particular worrying issue while others need psychological interventions that our highly trained therapists offer.

Two stages of life that women seek psychologists more often is during pregnancy and post pregnancy and menopause.

Perinatal and Postnatal Services

For some women, pregnancy and early parenthood can trigger symptoms of more serious mental health problems. The likelihood is greater for women who have had mental health problems before, who may not have enough support, or who have been through difficult times (e.g. family problems, abuse or loss). Issues may also be caused isolation either caused by distance, culture or both. Australian research indicates that up to one in ten (9 per cent) of women will experience depression during pregnancy — this increases to one in seven (16 per cent) in the year following birth.

You are not alone, if you are finding it hard to cope please seek help. Support or specific care at this time can help women to adjust and prevent more serious mental health problems from developing.

At Psychologists Southern Sydney our empathetic, experienced, psychologists offer Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and psychodynamic therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which has shown to improve depressive symptoms in the perinatal and postnatal period. Therapy involving the mother and the infant may improve mother–infant interaction. We work closely with GPs, psychiatrists and other allied health professionals to help you move forward.

Menopause

As female psychologists we understand that middle age and menopause can cause women increased stress, anxiety, and fear. This can be caused by both hormonal and emotional change as women deal with getting older, losing family members, and parting with children.

As our bodies change and age it can be very difficult to deal the rapid change and life affecting symptoms of menopause. This can cause problems with relationships at home and work, a feeling of isolation possibly anxiety and even depression.

We can help you through this stage of life to move forward and develop the strategies to develop healthier thinking long term.

Your PSS psychologist spends time discussing your issues and understanding your feelings. They will supportwill support you to work through these negative feelings, help you develop a healthier self-care plan; work on your self-esteem and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with depression or other medical condition we can work with your GP or specialist to help you achieve the changes you need to move forward.

Through our behaviour therapies we can help you with your sleep patterns, develop relaxation techniques, improve your eating habits, help smokers quit, suggest support groups, fFeelings of isolation may prevent you from sharing what you’re experiencing with friends or family members. You may find it easier to speak with one of our experienced female psychologists who understand menopause, women’s health issues and mental well-being.

 

Our Practice

Our comfortable rooms are situated in the quiet suburban areasuburban area of Connells Point in the St George area with easy access and free parking out front. We believe in offering counselling and psychological support by creating a warm and caring environment. We also have a Greek speaking psychologists.

We are open six days a week for bookings throughout the day and after school hours, also Saturdays. Private Health and Medicare Rebates are available on the spot.

To find out more about our services or to book a session at PSS please call 1300 307 096.

 

Helpful websites

Australian Menopause www.menopausecentre.com.au

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

www.beyondblue.org.au

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) www.piri.org.au

Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA) www.panda.org.au

www.carersaustralia.com.au

Lifeline 13 11 14

SANE Australia Helpline www.sane.org

Tresillian www.tresillian.net

 

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Psychologists Southern Sydney

St George & Sutherland Shire Counselling and Psychology Services