Dare to walk a different path
Trauma and perinatal counselling & therapy
HypnoBirthing childbirth classes
Workshops, training, courses
Support for birth professionals
Success and Bedfordale, WA, & online
My name is Fiona, I am a tertiary qualified counsellor (B.Couns, Australian Counselling Association member, L2) and HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) childbirth educator here in Perth Western Australia. My rooms are located in Cockburn Central and Bedfordale. I am also a certified birth and postnatal doula. I am a mother to three precious loves who every day light up my world.
Through my journey into parenthood I have experienced the unimaginable heartbreak of loss, the numbness of secondary infertility, the power of childbirth, intense breast-feeding struggles, and also post natal depression. Three very different births that changed who I am in ways I cannot even begin to describe. But a journey that has brought me here, to serve and support women.
It just feels like no one gets it. No one understands, especially those closest to you. You don’t want to be judged for feeling the way you do so you don’t speak up. But dealing with this alone is exhausting, frustrating and at times, scary. You just want someone to listen and help you find a way out.
Somewhere underneath the mask you feel overwhelmed, anxious, numb, angry, sad, broken. You’re not exactly sure why you’re feeling the way you do, but you know you don’t feel right, and you want to feel different.
I get it. I truly do. And I know how to help you so you don’t have to continue feeling this way.
My counselling gives you an opportunity to explore whatever it is you’re experiencing in a safe, supported space, to gain an understanding of factors that may be influencing your situation, tools to cope, and work towards healing.
It may have happened years ago, perhaps even in childhood, but your trauma still impacts you daily. There are times where you feel like you’ve been taken right back to those moments…. flooded with overwhelm, anxiety, fear or sadness. You don’t know why, or how to get passed this, but you want to leave it behind so that you can move forward with your life.
Stress responses during distressing experiences are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains after the incident has passed, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.”
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved, allowing you to move forward and leave that event or memory back where it needs to be, no longer impacting your life.
You always pictured your relationship would be flourishing as you became a family. You saw yourself being supported and held by your partner as you start your journey toward being a parent. But it’s so different to what you expected…
Whether it be preparing for bringing your first child into the world, or navigating the early months with a newborn, or adjusting to brining another baby into the home, it can be really tough when you feel like you’re at odds with the person who you count on. I know you want it to be different.
My couples counselling focuses on learning how to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of your relationship. All so important when it comes to sustaining a healthy relationship while juggling parenthood.
Maybe you’re avoiding thinking about your upcoming birth? You might even fear giving birth? You want to overcome that fear so that you can walk into your birth in confidence and possibly even enjoy it.
Or perhaps you’ve previously experienced birth trauma? And you know you desparately want your next birth to be vastly different.
Or is it that you have an idea of the birth you want, but aren’t sure on how to prepare for an amazing postpartum, or what that even means? Where your physical and mental health as a parent is cared for as much as your baby’s?
My HypnoBirthing® childbirth education classes will educate, inspire and empower you towards a calm, positive, fearless birthing and postnatal experience. I will guide and teach you to step into your birth with power and strength to achieve the birth your heart deeply desires.
Seeking Support Checklist
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A simple self-check tool designed to help you gain awareness of your situation and get a better sense of what is happening for you, to help you take the step in reaching out for support.