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COMMON REASONS PEOPLE COME TO THERAPY

Difficulties starting a family

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When we decide to start a family, we may or may not be aware of any problems or issues that may get int he way. Holding a little baby in our arms is all we think about. But sometimes life, or biology, has other plans and it becomes more difficult. Excitement can quickly turn to despair, and cruelly, the stress that we are under can in turn, make it harder to have a baby. I’d love to help you deal with the stress of unknown so that you can give yourself the best chance to get that family started.

Difficulties enjoying your family

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Parenting can be a tough gig - it’s not all powder-scented snuggles and lullabies! But the pressure to be an “Instaparent” can be overwhelming and often admitting the we don’t enjoy parenting as much as we thought we would (or even at all) can be so daunting. Sometimes we can’t even admit it to ourselves because our friend ‘shame’ taps us on the shoulder to remind us that if we don’t enjoy parenting 24/7 then we must be a bad parent. If your periods of not enjoying parenting  are getting longer, that can be a signal that something else may be at play. I’d love to help you uncover and work through the things that are dampening your enjoyment of your family.

Social adjustment and social skills

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Watching our little ones enter their social world can be adorably cute and funny and entertaining. But sometimes, something starts to niggle at us about the way our kids might be interacting or coping with the world. We start to compare (even when we know we shouldn’t). We all want the best for our kids and seeing them struggle can be so, so hard. I regularly help parens to talk through their concerns and identify if what they are observing is within developmental limits or if there may be an indication or some further assistance.

Relationships with parents and family

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Family, family, family… love them or hate them the relationships that we have with our parents or wider family can be oh-so complicated. The relationship and attachment that we had with our own caregivers when we were young will always influence the way we parent (even if we don’t realise it)  and having our own family can often put our family relationships under a microscope. Additionally family stress and conflict is sadly so common and can absorb a great deal of our emotional energy. If parental or family relationships are draining your emotional energy and causing distress, I can help you to identify what’s going wrong in your relationships and navigate a way through.

Improving your relationship with yourself

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If i asked you to tell me your strengths, or some positive things about yourself, or the extent to which you show yourself love or compassion - how do you think you would go? Do you take any opportunity to criticise yourself, or blame yourself or tell yourself you're not good enough/ could have done better / aren’t deserving? Often we judge and criticise ourselves FAR more harshly than we would ever do to anyone else and this can lead to things like shame, fear, anxiety, depression and addiction (wine, food, drugs…) I can help you get to the root of WHY you treat yourself this way and learn to have a more healthy and respectful relationship with yourself.

Unwanted or unplanned pregnancy

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Finding out you’re expecting a baby isn’t always cause for popping a bottle of no-alcohol champagne. It can also be incredibly isolating too. You may be single, or have a partner who is excited, or have family that may be anti-termination or you may want to focus on career or just not want a child. Whatever the reason, IT IS OK to have reservations when your pregnancy may be unplanned or unwanted. This is a perfect time to talk to a professional - because those around us, while well-intentioned, can often bring judgement and personal opinion that does not help us. If you are considering not continuing with your pregnancy, your reality, as difficult as it may be - is that your have a very small window of time to make a decision. Talking to an experienced, unbiased and non-judgemental professional can help you make a decision while helping you deal with the emotion that will sit beside your choice. 

Sleep, feeding and play concerns

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Getting to know the way your baby or toddler sleeps, feeds and wants to play can sit anywhere on the spectrum from ‘this is the cutest thing ever’ to begging strangers on internet forums for advice… sometimes within the space of a cup of tea! If you have difficulties in any of these areas I am experienced in supporting parents to figure out ways that work for you and your family and to determine if there might be some further investigation required.

Sexuality, identity, relationships

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Dealing with issues around sexuality or identity and relationships - either your own or your child’s, can be such a highly emotive issue. We may be reluctant to talk about with family or friends because we may not know what to expect from their response - or we may know EXACTLY how they will respond, so we remain private. Talking to an unbiased and non-judgemental professional can be the perfect antidote to stigma and isolation. If you are looking for someone to support you deal with these issues in a respectful and sensitive manner, please give me a call or send me an email.

Relationship with your partner or ex-partner

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One inevitability of life is that relationships will change - for better or or for worse, it WILL change. Whether our relationship is struggling or it has ended, the impacts and emotional toll can be distressing for all involved. The repercussions can not only impact on our own self esteem, but that of our children and the health of all our future relationships. If you are seeking a private space to sort through your own feelings, or a professional to help you and your partner, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call to see how we can work together.

Coping with stress, anxiety and depression

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Worries about becoming a parent

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Sometimes as a therapist I get more worried about people who have ZERO worries about becoming a parent. Of course we are supposed to worry! Our worry is what keeps our kids alive. Sometimes however, those worries become a bit too intense. A bit too unrealistic. A bit too unrelenting. If worries about becoming a parent are starting to get out of control for you - to a point where you can’t enjoy your pregnancy or can’t sleep, or eat or function that well - then you could possibly use a hand to sort through the worry. Give me a call or email and I can help you to nip those worries in the bud.

Tantrums and behavioural issues

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Dealing with your past

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As adults, we are the culmination of a lifetime of experiences. Positive, negative or neutral - we all come with baggage. Most of it, we don’t notice. But some experiences don’t leave us. They weigh us down, making our shoulders sore and we can end up tired, cranky and sad. Sometimes we think we have dealt with the baggage only to have it resurface down the track. If you find that issues from the past keep cropping up then I would like to help you unpack, stow away or discard - whatever it is you need to heal, focus on today and reclaim your future. Call or email me to find out how i can help.

As adults, we are the culmination of a lifetime of experiences. Positive, negative or neutral - we all come with baggage. Most of it, we don’t notice. But some experiences don’t leave us. They weigh us down, making our shoulders sore and we can end up tired, cranky and sad. Sometimes we think we have dealt with the baggage only to have it resurface down the track. If you find that issues from the past keep cropping up then I would like to help you unpack, stow away or discard - whatever it is you need to heal, focus on today and reclaim your future. Call or email me to find out how i can help.

As adults, we are the culmination of a lifetime of experiences. Positive, negative or neutral - we all come with baggage. Most of it, we don’t notice. But some experiences don’t leave us. They weigh us down, making our shoulders sore and we can end up tired, cranky and sad. Sometimes we think we have dealt with the baggage only to have it resurface down the track. If you find that issues from the past keep cropping up then I would like to help you unpack, stow away or discard - whatever it is you need to heal, focus on today and reclaim your future. Call or email me to find out how i can help.

Working through affairs and infidelity

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When we start a relationship, we don’t go into it expecting that affairs or infidelity will play a part. Yet, for many this will become a feature and you may end up stuck in limbo land - not knowing whether to leave or stay or forgive. Whether you choose to continue your relationship or not, speaking wiht someone who is non-judgemental, unbiased and not emotionally invested in your relationship can help you to deal with the situation in a way that is healthy and considered.

Dealing with grief, loss and traumatic experiences

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When life throws us a curve ball - whether through bereavement, tragedy, trauma or anything really, it can help to talk through our experiences, emotions and reactions so that we can move forward in our own time, in our own way. If there are experiences that you are trying to process but feel like some extra support could help, please give me a call or email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral?

No, you can certainly self-refer, however if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate then please see your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan or referral for Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling.

It’s hard to get to Coorparoo – can I see you online?

You certainly can! I frequently see clients over the Zoom platform which you can download onto your computer, phone or tablet – which means you can access therapy wherever is convenient.* Unless you are a ‘rural’ client, if you are accessing Medicare 

Can I talk to you before making a referral?

If you are unsure if therapy is for you, shoot me an email or give me a quick call and together we can work out if I am a good fit for you – remember I am ethically bound to ensure that I only see people I am trained to work with – if I feel you would be better served by another clinician I will happily put you in touch.

Contact Me

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0401 159 327

358 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, QLD

brooke.v.shelton@gmail.com