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?
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.
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