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About Karen

Karen emigrated to Perth from the United Kingdom in 2004. She is a registered counsellor and is internationally endorsed by the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH) WA as an Infant Mental Health Practitioner, IMH-E. She holds a Master's Degree in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health from Edith Cowan University and presented her research at the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) 17th World Congress in 2021. On top of her extensive studies and credentials, her own experience of being married with four daughters means Karen is filled with insight into the challenges of transitioning into being a parent and navigating the complex journey of parenthood.

Karen firmly believes every family is unique and deserves access to individualised, therapeutic services and early intervention parenting programs. This led to her wanting to create a consultancy of her own, with programs that ensure infants and children thrive and develop optimally across their lifespan. Karen has worked closely with many families during the perinatal period in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors including establishing, managing and delivering early intervention child protection programs and providing individual and group supervision for staff. She has extensive understanding of the many challenges and barriers families face and how these challenges may impact the formation of positive early relationships and affect healthy family functioning. Karen is dedicated to supporting families in their journey, helping them to flourish and make positive long-term changes for the future. Her therapeutic interventions are tailored to each family's unique and individual needs, primarily using a neurodevelopment, attachment and trauma informed (NATI) approach, underpinned with an infant mental health lens. She has considerable experience in delivering therapeutic group programs, in addition to providing case management, advocacy and support services for individual parents, mother-infant dyads, youth, and a diverse range of families. 

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The helping hand you need

"Enlisting Karen's help was an invaluable experience. Karen is exactly the type of person you need to help you navigate early parenthood. Thank you, Karen, I am so grateful for your support".

Renae

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Testimonials

Lisa

"Karen took the time to get to know me and was really understanding and non-judgmental and was there for me in my time of need. Karen understood where I had been, where I was going and how to get there. It was so awesome to have met her. Thank you so very much for all your support and help during a difficult time in my life".

Credentials

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Qualifications

Master of Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Edith Cowan  University

Bachelor of Social Science (Major in Community Work)

Edith Cowan University

Diploma of Professional Counselling

Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors

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Memberships

World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)

Australian Association of Infant Mental Health West Australian Branch Incorporated (AAIMH WA)

Australian Counselling Association

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Clinical Champion

PANDA

Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals

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Endorsements

IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Practitioner

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH) WA

Registered Counsellor (Level II)

Australian Counselling Association

Attachment & Biobehavioural Catch-up (ABC) Parent Coach -Newborn & Infant Models

University of Delaware, USA

Circle of Security Parent (COS-P) Training Facilitator

Circle of Security International

 

Circle of Security Classroom Facilitator

Circle of Security International

Parents Under Pressure (PuP) Program Therapist

Griffith University,  QLD

 

Parents Under Pressure (PuP) Program Supervisor

Griffith University,  QLD

                       

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) Clinician

The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

Compliance Ready for NDIS Self-Managed and Plan-Managed Clients

Health Care Providers Association

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Clearances

Current National Police Clearance

Current Working With Children Check

Current Senior First Aid Certificate

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