Melanie is a counsellor who specialises in working with new and expectant parents. She completed a Bachelor of Medicine and worked as a Medical Practitioner in General Medicine, Psychiatry and Public Health. She has practised as a Registered Doctor in several Psychiatric Hospitals around Melbourne. Melanie has since completed a Diploma of Counselling. Melanie is the founder of "Well Mum Well Baby" which is an education and counselling service for new and expectant parents which focuses on the emotional well-being of couples and new families. Melanie is currently completing a Degree in Psychology at Monash University. She is the author of "Mother Love: embracing the ups and downs of being a new parent".
Melanie has experience treating adults of all ages with mood and anxiety issues. In particular, she helps normalise many feelings around parenthood. Melanie addresses issues such as understanding the transition to parenthood, coping with loss, dealing with mother guilt, managing expectations, being assertive, creating awareness of how family relationships change when baby arrives and common psychological health issues.
Melanie also specialises in Animal Assisted Therapy and recently completed the Animal Assisted Therapy-Dog Certification. Melanie works with individuals who might feel unsure or anxious about the counselling process and could benefit from having her trained animal assisted therapy dog in the room.
Melanie focuses on developing individualized treatment plans for each client and sees counselling as an honest and open professional connection which over time and with much effort can lead to great change. She is patient and gentle and believes that insight, knowledge and education can empower.
Melanie specialises in:
• CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
Older Adolescents / Young Adults / Adults:
• New parenthood issues
• Peri natal counselling
• Transition issues
• Highly sensitive people
• Reluctant clients (via the use of Animal Assisted Therapy)
• Depression including Peri natal depression
• PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Generalized anxiety disorder
• Dog phobias
• Attachment issues
• Parenting support (toddlers and school age children)
• Coping with a medical diagnosis
• Stress management
• Confidence and self esteem issues