Sarah-Jayne Duryea Geelong Psychologist
I work with women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or who are already parents. I am experienced working with women and couples who are committed to pursuing their dream of having a family whether that is via IVF, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation or adoption. I am passionate about helping parents to manage the trials of parenting 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 who are finding their new reality challenging. I work with women who have a voice inside their head that critcises and judges them. If you are looking for someone who will work with you to put this inner critic back in it’s box, you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re someone who feels as though your mind is really busy, 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? 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 wrangling my toddler 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 a number of 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 tough at times, particularly when it comes to anything related to having a family. My aim is to act as your cheerleader, the person who is going to 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 important strategies to your toolbox of coping skills, helping you be more present and do what matters.
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