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Where To Find Pre and Postnatal Counselling Services In Perth

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Having a baby is not an easy feat Ė especially your first, when you have nothing to compare the experience to and feel like you are thrown in the deep end.

Anxiety, stress and depression run rife through new mum camps, when all of those ideals and expectations of motherhood we had before and during pregnancy come crashing down. Thereís the lack of support, the constant feeding or the endless problems with feeding, the sleep deprivation, and letís not forget the overwhelming feeling of loneliness that comes with being a new mum. If you are feeling overwhelmed, itís a good idea to seek out professional help and have a chat to someone who wonít judge you or your parenting skills (or the fact that you have asked for help, which is often the hardest part) will listen and will offer advice and mechanisms for coping with your thoughts.

Most of these services will require you to have a referral from your GP, obstetrician or maternity provider, but here are some counselling support services available in Perth.

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St John Of God Raphael Centre
Address: Locations in Wembley, Fremantle, Cockburn and Midland.
Phone: 1800 524 484
Website: www.sjog.org.au

SJOG Raphael Centre provides specialist treatment to mums, dads and families who experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues during pregnancy and following childbirth. Their services can be accessed from conception up until the child is four years of age. See your GP for a referral to access this free or low cost service.

Perth Postnatal Village
Address: Namatjira Place, Leederville
Website: www.yourpostnatalvillage.com or see the Facebook page.

Perth Postnatal Village runs free, monthly workshops where expectant and new mums will learn to feel confident and supported, plus learn simple steps to reduce isolation and feelings of being overwhelmed.

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Cottesloe Counselling Services
Address: 11 Brixton Street, Cottesloe.
Phone: 9278 6578
Website: www.cottesloecounselling.com.au

Treatment options include therapy groups, peer support groups and supported playgroups, so you know you don't have to go through PND alone.

Brainbox Psychology, Subiaco
Address: Suite 4, 16 Nicholson Road, Subiaco
Phone: 9388 9960
Website: brainbox.com.au

Brainbox Psychology offer postnatal depression counselling for mums who are adjusting to life with a baby, including hormonal changes, obsessive thoughts and the significant lifestyle and career changes a new baby brings.

Brain Wellness Spa, South Perth
Address: 25 Lyall Street, South Perth.
Phone: 1300 215 897
Website: brainwellnessspa.com.au

The Brain Wellness Spa uses a unique, eight step emotional empowerment program to help clients deal with depression, including postnatal depression and anxiety.

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Mount Lawley Counselling Centre
Address: 13 Alvan Street, Mount Lawley.
Phone: 0414 764 663
Website: mtlawleycounselling.com.au

Elyse Frankel is a clinical psychologist with expertise in postnatal depression and operates from Mount Lawley Counselling Centre. She can provide new parents with the opportunity to talk about their concerns over having a new baby in the home.

Women's Health and Family Services, Joondalup
Address: Suite 6, Joondalup Lotteries House, 70 Davidson Terrace Joondalup.
Phone: 9300 1566
Website: www.womenshealthworks.org.au

Offers individual support programs and counselling at a low cost, including the 'Making Sense of Motherhood' program.

Women's Health and Wellbeing Services, Gosnells
Address: 2232 Albany Highway, Gosnells.
Phone: 9490 2258
Website: www.whws.org.au

Runs perinatal and postnatal support groups for women, including individual counselling, therapeutic groups and offers partner education and support. For more information, read on here.

Phone: 9368 9368
Website: www.ngala.com.au

Gala's website has lots of free information and resources about coping with PND, including how to take time out for you.

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA)
Phone: National Helpline 1300 726 306
Website: www.panda.org.au

PANDA is a national helpline dedicated to helping new parents navigate the early stages (and beyond) of having a baby. You can ring them between 10am and 5pm, AEDT and discuss any concerns you are having.

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