With a background in hospital, university and private practice settings, Tonia has provided individual and group based therapeutic support to adults experiencing a diverse range of mood related psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic stress and sleep problems.
Tonia has since focused her practice on perinatal mental health, which has involved supporting mothers and fathers who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, difficulties in the transition to parenthood, parenting of infants and young children, pregnancy uncertainty/decision making, and pregnancy grief and loss. Tonia's position at the Raphael Centre (St John of God Hospital) saw her working within a multidisciplinary medical and allied health team, providing specialist perinatal assessment and tailored therapeutic interventions, with a focus on antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and parent-infant bonding and attachment difficulties.
Tonia has a specific interest in supporting the healthy development of the parent-child relationship, by working with parents to explore and reflect on their strengths and struggles within this relationship. Through the development of new skills and self-awareness, she aims to help parents experience both greater enjoyment of, and a deeper understanding of their child’s needs–both physical and emotional.
Tonia creates a tailored therapeutic space by utilising a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Techniques, Schema Therapy, and Attachment Based Interventions. She is a also a Circle of Security Registered Parent Educator.
Tonia currently holds registration as a general Psychologist, and is completing her final hours for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.
Tonia believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic alliance to facilitate, support and inspire change, and trusts that her warm and compassionate approach will provide a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment for clients to discuss and explore difficult aspects of their lives.