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Services for Families

New parents often experience challenges associated with transitioning into parenthood and beyond due to significant psychological shifts which occur during this period reflecting our own experience of being parented and becoming a parent ourselves. These experiences may unknowingly influence how we engage and interact with our own infants which could result in challenges identifying and responding sensitively to their needs, making sense of their behaviour and understanding their communication, which may extend into toddlerhood and beyond.

 

We provide counselling services and deliver a variety of specialist attachment-based, early intervention programs in the home and via telehealth to support the transition into parenthood and promote understanding of your baby’s unique capacities and means of communication. These supports aim to foster positive early interactions between parents/carers and infants and enhance the developing attachment relationship. In fact, the client is neither the parent/carer or the baby, the client is actually the relationship itself!

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"If a society values its children, it must cherish their parents".

(Bowlby)

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Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Counselling Services

We offer therapeutic services via telehealth or in person to support families who may be experiencing challenges during the perinatal period and beyond. We understand that concerns can present themselves during this vulnerable period and can provide support with:

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Grief & loss

  • Unexpected pregnancy & pregnancy complications

  • Unexpected birth experiences

  • Difficulty in coping during pregnancy and the post-partum period

  • Challenges with transitioning into parenthoood

  • Concerns with bonding with your infant during pregnancy and post-delivery

  • Concerns related to feeding, sleeping and crying

  • Developmental guidance to support understanding your infant's needs

  • Developmental concerns related to communication and behaviour with toddlers and children

  • Accessing early intervention parenting programs

Seeking guidance from a counsellor to make sense of these concerns can ultimately reinforce confidence in meeting your infant's/child's needs whilst positively promoting your developing relationship. 

 

 

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Circle Of Security Parenting Course

As parents, we often feel lost or helpless when working out what our child might need from us. The Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) program is based on decades of research regarding how parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened to assist parents in making sense of their child’s needs, responding sensitively and promoting secure attachment relationships. The Circle of Security speaks to all parents, regardless of their culture and life experiences, on a deeply instinctual level about how we relate to each other and who we are as a species, providing a map for attachment to promote good enough parenting and secure attachment relationships with their children. The COS-P program is delivered over 8 x 2 hour sessions. At Enhance, we can flexibly deliver the sessions privately for individual families or small groups at your convenience either in the comfort of your home (depending on location), or via telehealth. (Please submit an enquiry for the price as it depends on the group size). 

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Newborn Behavioural Observation

The Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) system is a structured set of specific observations created to assist the clinician and parent to collaboratively observe the infant’s behavioural capacities and identify any support the infant may need to successfully grow and develop. The NBO is a one-off session which is attachment-focused, reinforces the infant’s uniqueness and individuality and helps parents to develop a positive relationship with their new baby.

The NBO can be offered via teleheath if an outreach visit is unachievable due to location. Learn more about the Newborn Behavioural Observation intervention by clicking here:

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