I never know which part to start with….the personal or professional. But I guess when I think about what is most important to me….. above all else….it’s being a mother. I have 4 children between the ages of 9 and 17 years. I call them “the loves of my life” because truly that is how it is. But just as much as they can fill me with so much joy that I burst, they can also bring me to my knees.
There is heaps I love about motherhood, some parts I’m indifferent to and a few bits that I don’t like. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, without the experiences that motherhood has brought me.
It might be useful for you to know that despite being a clinical psychologist, I also experience postnatal anxiety. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise given that I had panic disorder during my uni years. But of course it WAS a surprise. I’m happy to share the ins and outs of that experience if you’re interested but I’ll just cut to the chase and say, I went and saw my own psychologist who helped me get through it. And that was for EACH of my babies!
Now this experience merely reinforced that my purpose in life (other than being a mum) had to be to help other mums! So a few years after my first son, I began working more and more with mums early in their motherhood journey. But on top of this, I’m also a PANDA Community Champion! It’s so important to educate the community about perinatal mental health issues AND that even that without those kinds of difficulties, motherhood is a HUGE deal.
Now when it comes to my ‘work’ (which is really my ‘calling’) I’m a Clinical (and Forensic) Psychologist. I’ll save the conversation about “what is a forensic psychologist” for another time. What I really want you to know is that one of the areas that I love love love working in the most, is with mums and their bubs, toddlers, pre-schoolers, primary and high school aged kids. The lot!
There are so many reasons why I love working with mum. Probably the biggest reasons are because motherhood creates an openness within women that fosters enormous growth…and I find that both a privilege and exciting, to be a part of.
Mums are raising the next generation of adults and deserve a lot more support than they get…even if they have a wonderful support network and certainly if they don’t!
PS. Please be clear that everything I have said about mums applies to most Dad’s too. I know this. It’s just another conversation that’s all…..
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