Sue has worked with women and families in a variety of settings over the last 30 years, including paediatric nursing, midwifery, birth preparation and education. Through her experience of preparing and assisting families through their pregnancy, birth experiences, and parenting journeys Sue has naturally transitioned towards counselling individuals and families. Sue is currently undertaking her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has completed training in Experiential Focusing.
Birth Debriefing, Counselling and Psychotherapy Services
Pregnancy and birth signifies profound changes both physically and emotionally. A difficult journey to becoming pregnant, the physical adaptations of pregnancy, and outcomes of the birth experience can profoundly affect a woman’s ability to connect with the joy of being pregnant and subsequent bonding with her baby.
These changes affect a woman individually but also within a partnership. Unexpected feelings and emotions may develop that can be difficult to understand and process. Past mental health concerns or childhood experiences may re-emerge and intensify. A woman’s sense of self, beliefs and values may be challenged and may also reveal or heighten difficulties within interpersonal relationships.
A history of depression or anxiety may predispose women to perinatal anxiety and depression. Counselling support during pregnancy and post-birth can bring greater awareness and assist to heal old patterns of relating that may affect your birthing and parenting experiences. It can assist to expand and improve the significant relationships in your life.
Sue has a particular interest in grief and loss, anxiety management, birth debriefing and transition to parenting. She offers a non-judgemental approach founded on empathy and respect for individual circumstances. Sue has an integrative approach that includes mindfulness and emotion focused strategies and practices within the stringent ethical guidelines of her professions to ensure safe practice.
Pregnancy & Birth Workshops, calmbirth® Courses
Sue & Jotara Watson will be offering an intensive 9 week Mindfulness for Pregnancy and Parenting Course MBCP in early 2019 (see workshops for details)
Coming soon! ‘Bringing Baby Home’ workshops for couples TBA
Qualifications and Affiliations
Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
Registered Nurse/Midwife with AHPRA
Registered calmbirth® Educator
Certified Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) provider – Brazelton Institute