Shikkiah is a Clinical Psychologist who has focused her practice on perinatal and infant mental health. She completed her major clinical internship at the Parent Infant Research Institute at the Austin Hospital in 2008 where she worked with parents and infants during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She was a member of the psychology team at Tweddle Child and Family Health Service between 2011 and 2015.
Shikkiah is experienced in working with with a broad range of issues that arise in the perinatal period, including preparation for and adjustment to parenthood, antenatal and postnatal mood disturbance and anxiety, birth trauma, bonding difficulties, disrupted infant attachment, and relationship issues between parents and children 0-5 years. Family of origin issues and past trauma can re-emerge in the context of pregnancy and this can become a focus of therapy where indicated. Shikkiah is a Circle of Security Registered Parent Educator and is trained in the administration of the Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) system to assist parents to understand their newborn and respond as sensitively as possible. She also works with parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth, and has specific training in supporting families through pregnancy following a loss.
In her work with clients, Shikkiah utilises a range of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy. She regularly integrates mindfulness-based techniques in sessions and collaborates closely with other involved health professionals to ensure optimal treatment and care for her clients. Shikkiah understands that individuals make their most profound change when feeling secure in the therapeutic space, and aims to create this environment for all her clients.
Shikkiah works at NHW on a Monday (9am-5pm)