Sarah-Jayne Duryea Geelong Psychologist
Sarah-Jayne Duryea Geelong Psychologist

I work with women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or are already parents. I am experienced working with women and couples committed to pursuing their dream of having a family, whether via IVF, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, or adoption. I am passionate about helping parents manage parenting trials and create secure attachments to their young children.

I do most of my work with women who are experiencing feelings of anxiety, have experienced loss or trauma, or find their new reality challenging. I work with women who have a voice inside their head that criticises and judges them. If you are looking for someone who will work with you to put this inner critic back in its box, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re someone who feels as though your mind is hectic, I work with you!

Are you worried about your pregnancy?

Are you consumed with thoughts about your performance as a mum?

Have you lost a previous pregnancy?

Do you struggle with a mind that criticises you, or you feel as though you can’t relax? 

Do you struggle with issues surrounding sex and intimacy?

I am here to help you.

If you’re someone who is pursuing IVF, I work with you.  If you are someone who has been told they need to find a surrogate to be able to be a family, I work with you! Are you a same-sex couple who are creating your family through surrogacy in Australia or overseas? I am a passionate advocate for you.

You will usually find me with my head stuck in a book and a cup of tea in my hand in between appointments or spending time with my family outside of work. My therapeutic style is warm and relaxed, and I create a space where you can feel understood, accepted and empowered. I draw from several treatment modalities, including Positive Psychology, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (I’ll explain this psych speak during our sessions!).

I work with clients who have found that life can be challenging at times, particularly regarding anything related to having a family. I aim to act as your cheerleader, the person who will support you to play the cards that life has dealt you with wisdom and grace. To tackle together the challenges life has thrown at you, adding some essential strategies to your toolbox of coping skills, helping you be more present and do what matters.

I am a cis woman and my pronouns are she/her. 

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  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA  PSY0001243973
  • Medicare Provider Number 416304PA
  • Australian Psychological Society Associate Member
  • British Psychological Society Member
  • Fertility Society of Australia Member
  • Australia and New Zealand Counsellors Association Member (ANZICA)
  • Pregnancy Support Counselling Approved by Medicare
  • Worksafe Approved Provider (no. 406304MB)
  • Member of University of Sydney Coaching Alumni 
  • Member Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA)
  • Member International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Member Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMH)
  • Member World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
  • Masters Degree in Coaching & Positive Psychology (University of Sydney)
  • Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth)
  • Bachelors Degree (Honors) in Psychology (University of Bedfordshire)
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • COPE skills in Perinatal Health Training
  • COPE Perinatal Loss In Practice
  • ACT with Grief & Loss, Dr Russ Harris
  • APS Non-Directive Counselling Training
  • Practice of Sex Therapy Training
  • Heath At Every Size Practioner
  • Bullying in Schools Training, Macquarie University   
  • ACT with Youth Training
  • Adolescent Suicide with Dr Michael Gordon
  • Child & Adolescent Anxiety, Macquarie University
  • Shadow Coaching, Donna Karlin
  • Child abuse & Neglect, Prof. David Howe
  • ACT Advanced, Dr Russ Harris
  • Coaching for Complexity of Mind with Jennifer Garvey Berger
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Introduction, Dr Russ Harris
  • The Practice of Sex Therapy – Dr Sandra Pertot
  • CBT Fundamentals: Australian Psychological Society
  • Brain Based Psychotherapy with Dr John Arden
  • Drug & Alcohol testing training – Work Options
  • Drug & Alcohol Management Plan training – Work Options
  •  CBT for Pain Management – University of Sydney
  • Guest Lecturer (University of New South Wales & Macquarie University)
  • Tutor (University of New South Wales & Macquarie University)
  • Trainer (Diploma in Mental Health Work & Youth Services) Victoria
  • Trainer (Home Office, UK)

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