Services

Mums Matter Psychology provides psychological therapy for women during the transition to parenthood. This can begin from pre-conception through to dropping your little ones off at school.

We help women who are feeling emotionally or mentally challenged by this phase move toward meaningful engagement in parenting and life.

Through deep understanding of the challenges of the conception, pregnancy and postnatal period, we provide a space where you can feel completely safe and open up.

Together, we'll explore how to get to a place where your ups and downs are manageable instead of overwhelming.

If You Feel Stressed, Worthless or Scared, We Hear You, And You Are Not Alone

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest life transitions any of us can encounter. As much as we don’t want to admit it or talk about it, lest someone think that we don’t appreciate being a parent or don’t love our children as much as we should, the simple truth is that parenting (and sometimes the lead up) is hard. It can also be amazing and wonderful and meaningful, but it is also really hard.

Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now with all that's going on. You may be feeling:

  • Trapped by the relentlessness of being at the mercy of another person

  • Guilty for not enjoying your pregnancy or parenthood

  • Like your own needs are last priority

  • Like you have no motivation to do anything

  • Resentful toward your partner

  • Frustrated by your child's behaviours

  • Frustrated by your lack of freedom and ability to achieve

 

  • Panicky and scared and finding it difficult to leave the house

  • Overwhelmed by your own or your child's emotions

  • Worried about your baby or child and their physical and/or emotional health

  • Worried about whether you’re doing a good enough job as a parent

  • Distressed by unpleasant or scary thoughts

  • Worried about whether you’ll ever have the family you desire

  • Worried about whether you could cope with having another child

  • Worried about how the birth will go and how you’ll recover

  • Worried that you’ll pass on your depression and anxiety to your children

 

  • Sad about a recent loss of a pregnancy or child

  • Like you can’t move on from what happened at the birth of your child

  • Like it’s hard to manage your relationships

If any of these are affecting your ability to live your life, then it may be time to seek some help.

Individual and group psychological therapy

Mums Matter provides individual and group psychological therapy sessions to help with things like:

 

Mums Matter uses several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, Circle of Security.

 
Relationship Check Up

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and financial concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction. Not surprisingly, research shows 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings. Mums Matter offers a Relationship Check Up service to help you and your partner learn the strengths and challenges of your relationship, and to determine a plan.

Professionals

Mums Matter also provides education about perinatal mental health to Primary Health Care professionals.