About me

Hi there and welcome.

My name is Lisa Paul I have spent many years caring and supporting couples as they transition into parenthood.

I am a Perinatal Counsellor/Psychotherapist, working with mothers and their babies. I offer you the space to explore and the safety to work through your experiences, feeling supported and cared for without  judgement from me. I understand that all clients have different needs, some need support through loss, some need support adjusting, some need to work through past experiences and emotions that are impacting as they become parents. This is what I do WITH you. Support, guide and help you navigate your way.  

EXPERIENCE

I have been working with mothers who have been struggling with mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, for the past 5 years. I have invested time learning and studying various therapy methods in order to provide more choice of what we can use to work with. I am a big believer in a "one size does not fit all" approach, so your therapy is tailored to suit you and in consultation WITH you.

I work primarily from a recovery based - trauma informed approach to mental health using an integrative approach to therapy. Sessions are really shaped around what you need to be able to resume your life in a way that you feel is best for you. This can be either short term work or long term, depending on what you want to work through. 

 

The foundations for my practice, stem from my experience as a midwife/nurse for the past 25 years and also my own experience of having a child. I know how I felt when I had my first child and the roller coaster of a ride that first 12 months can be for some, and it made me wonder if other mothers felt the same. I was not really surprised to find that low and behold - in most cases they do. This is where my passion for helping mothers was born itself. I wanted to help these mothers get through this, to provide a space for you to talk, to say things that you would never say to anyone else and to feel safe to actually express just how hard this can be without fear of judgement. 

So this space is for you. I will help you to navigate your way, find your own answers to the questions that trouble you and support you where I can - just so you wont feel alone in this.

EDUCATION

  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing - Currently due to complete 2020

  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Units 2018 - Western Sydney University.

  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling 2015 - Australian College of Applied Psychology.

  • Diploma in Nutrition 2009 - Nature Care College.

  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery 1995 - Western Sydney University.

  • Advanced Diploma in Applied Science Nursing 1990 - Western Sydney University.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

  • Australian Traditional Medicine Association (ATMS)

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

TRAININGS

  • EMDR - Level 1

  • Internal Family Systems - Level 1

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level 1

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Recovery based -Trauma informed training

  • Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

  • Perinatal & Infant Mental Health

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