About

About

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker | Perinatal, Child and Family Therapist

Hello! I’m Brooke!

People come to see me because there is something in their life that is worrying them that they can’t seem to work through on their own.
I help people of all shapes, sizes, genders and sexualities – individuals, couples, families – understand the issue more deeply.
For over fifteen years I have been providing therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy across a variety of roles in the public and private sector. These roles have been in the family, health, maternity, perinatal mental health and adult mental health field where I have provided assessment and therapy to people experiencing anything from stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties.
A primary focus of my practice is supporting people starting a family, difficulties conceiving and new parents. This can be one of the hardest adjustment periods that people can go through. Wanting to be a parent and becoming a parent can often bring up emotional issues that we may not have even known we had. I work hard with parents to understand and process these emotions to improve your relationships.
I also frequently see parents who are not loving being a parent as much as they thought they would. From anger to frustration and disappointment there are so many things that can impact how we feel about being a parent. It is so easy to develop unrealistic expectations of what the early years might look like and these emotions can quickly spiral into shame and regret.
Because of this my rooms are a safe, judgement free place where I help you identify and work through the things that aren’t working. Whether it be about baby sleep, feeding or dealing with an unsettled baby, you can come here knowing that I understand the pressures and realities of being a new parent. I understand tiredness, needing to be everything to everyone and having fourteen balls in the air at once.
My vision for my practice is to provide a safe and confidential place for individuals, couples and families to work through their emotions and difficulties in a safe and respectful way.
If this sounds like what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

MY EXPERIENCE

My Approach & Values

I am an Australian Association of Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) based in Brisbane. I have extensive experience working with children, parents, couples and families from a client-centred, attachment and developmental framework.

What this means is that I see the uniqueness in every individual and family and help you to build understanding into what is happening for your specific concerns.

Working from an attachment and developmental framework means that I am inherently interested in the role that our primary relationships in our early years have informed the ways that we see the world – how we think, feel, react and our ability to regulate our behaviour and emotions. I help you uncover ways to have better relationships – with your partner, parents, children or yourself.

When parents come to see me about particular challenges that they may be having with their child – whether it be from newborn to adult, I work with the parents to understand their child better – to see the expression of behaviours and emotions in the context of their age and development and to identify strategies that are meaningful to your children’s developmental stage.

My Education

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science – Major in Psychology and              Neuroscience – La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Social Work – La Trobe University
  • Graduate Diploma Infant Mental Health – Melbourne University
  • Master of Mental Health – Major in Child Psychotherapy – Monash University

Professional Membership

  • Australian Association of Social Work – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
  • Australian Association of Infant Mental Health member
  • ‘Possums’ Neuroprotective developmental care NDC Accredited practitioner

I Work With Individuals, Couples & Families – Face to Face & Online

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Individual Therapy

Seeing children, teens and adults, I offer the flexibility of in-person sessions in my rooms or online.

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Couples Therapy

Couple and Family Therapy; for all the diverse couples and families

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Supervision

I offer supervision to individuals and small groups that are looking to build on their clinical skills working with individuals, and in the perinatal area.

Build them up now, rather than repair them later.

Brooke Shelton

Parenting is walking toward your child when you want to walk away.

Brooke Shelton

Having boundaries doesn't mean you don't care about other people. It means you care about yourself.

Brooke Shelton

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