Castle Hill Counseling

Individual Counseling - Family Therapy - Life Coaching



Whether working with individuals or families, adults or children, my sessions are based on a premise of developing an honest connection with my clients. From a foundation of connection all then intuitively unfolds ... self-awareness is fostered, the 'light at the end of tunnel' can be realised and the path forward initiated


It is very normal to feel anxious about attending counseling sessions, especially if you have never been before. To help you relax into your sessions I provide a nurturing and supportive space in which you will be met just as you are, and listened to, and gently encouraged to talk about your needs and concerns. The initial appointment provides a space for you to talk about what has brought you to therapy, to gain insight into your concerns, to collaboratively set your goals and explore how we can assist you manage or resolve your problem


A standard session is 50 minutes in duration.


The length of therapy varies according to the complexity of your struggle. Some people require one or two more sessions after the initial assessment, some many more. OTHER SERVICES Skype and Phone Sessions Home Visits for: Post Natal Mother-Craft Support for all you baby handling challenges including baby sleep and settling, weening, bathing, anxious parenting etc Challenging Behavior Assessment for children


All communication occurring between myself and my clients is treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality in accord with the Code of Ethics of The Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW – (CAPA) PRACTICE


Postnatal Depression (PND) is not something to be ashamed of. It should be seen as one of the many complications of pregnancy and delivery. With appropriate help, women with PND do recover. It is extremely important for women and their partners to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of PND so that they can ask for help as early as possible. Becoming a mother is major life change, and this adjustment process can be an extremely difficult challenge.

Postnatal depression (PND) is a common illness. It affects approximately 16% of new mothers in Australia. It is also important to note that men can experience PND too. PND can vary greatly in its severity, and therefore its treatments. The following are common experiences after giving birth: - Mild depression - Mood swings - Lack of concentration, confusion, and poor memory - At times feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of being a new parent, caring for your baby, and feeding and settling issues.

When experiencing PND, some people report feeling some of the following symptoms for a prolonged period of over 7 days: - Feeling trapped or out of control - Extreme anxiety surrounding the health and safety of your baby, and leaving the house. - Feeling very alone - Feelings of helplessness - Tearful through most parts of the day - Feeling unable to cope in looking after baby and self - Difficulty sleeping - Obsessive thoughts about ability as a mother and fear of harming baby or self. - Compulsive behaviour such as hand washing - Self-blame/ guilt - Thoughts about death and suicide This is not a complete list of the symptoms of PND Some possible causes of PND are: - A stressful pregnancy and/ or traumatic birth - Past history of anxiety and depression - Difficulty breastfeeding - Lack of emotional, financial, or physical support - Having an unsettled baby (difficulties sleeping, feeding etc)

Counselling support can make a significant difference in managing the symptoms of PND and I am here to support you to shift your negative thinking patterns and reclaim your natural loving and nurturing ways as a parent

Call 1300 383 361


  • Australian Breastfeeding Association
    Community based self-help group offers information, counselling, and support services, on breastfeeding issues
  • Beyond Blue
    Provides information about depression to consumers, carers and health professionals.
  • Karitane
  • Early parenting service Tresillian Family Care Centres
    Australia’s largest child and family health organisation providing expert parenting advice to families during the early years
  • Life Line
    24 Hour telephone crisis support counselling – 13 11 14
  • PANDA – Post and Antenatal Depression Association
    Provides support to women men and their families who are suffering from postnatal and antenatal depression
  • Parentline Provide support, counselling and parent education - 1300 30 1300 from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week

Our counseling Classes Are Located In

  • Castle Hill
  • Manly

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