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B.A. (Hons), GDACP, MPsych (Counselling Psychology), MAPS

Jacinta is a fully registered psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is also a member of the Australasian Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health, and the Australian Psychological Society’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Interest Group. Jacinta is also a member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology, a National Network of Perinatal and Infant Psychologists. She is registered to deliver interventions under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health initiative, Carelink, Workcover and TAC.

Jacinta has extensive experience providing counselling and specialised therapies to individuals, couples and families across the lifespan for issues such as anxiety, depression, attachment difficulties, trauma, loss and grief, relationship challenges, child behavioural issues, perinatal depression and anxiety, transitions and parenting concerns. She has a special interest in working with trauma and attachment issues as well as with families struggling with the transition to parenthood and working with perinatal and infant mental health.

Jacinta is a warm and empathic therapist who utilises a person centred approach to counselling. She works collaboratively with her clients with the aim of building a trusting and caring therapeutic relationship. Jacinta tailors her therapeutic interventions to meet the individual’s needs to promote healing and change.

Specialties

Attachment issues, complex trauma, perinatal and infant mental health, loss and grief, perinatal depression and anxiety, developmental concerns, relationship challenges, transitions and more.

Prior Workplaces and Experiences

Jacinta has been registered as a Psychologist for more than 20 years and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent and Child Psychology and a Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology). Jacinta is a trained couples counsellor having completed the ‘Specialist Course in Couple Therapy’. She has also completed an internship with Relationships Australia. Jacinta is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attends seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year. After finishing her studies in Psychology Jacinta worked as a Psychologist in Community Health for many years where she gained invaluable experience working with children, adults and families. Her time in Community Health provided Jacinta with many varied experiences. She was part of a multidisciplinary Child Health Team, where she worked with a group of practitioners of different disciplines supporting families with children presenting with developmental concerns.

She also coordinated the Counselling and Mental Health Team, was involved in many innovative projects including the introduction of Single Session Therapy throughout Victoria and the development of a integrated and co-ordinated perinatal service within the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Jacinta was also a Field Supervisor for the Masters of Psychology program at Monash University supervising graduate students on clinical placement. She then moved into private practice where she continues to provide therapeutic services to a variety of clients, covering a wide range of presenting issues.

Jacinta uses a relational approach, to help clients better understand the links between earlier life experiences and the challenges they are currently experiencing. She supports clients through loss and grief and in working through past or recent traumas. Jacinta is passionate about perinatal and infant mental health. She sees the perinatal period as a great opportunity for personal growth and change and offers a space to understand what becoming a parent means for each individual, often taking into consideration the parent’s own early experiences of being parented. Jacinta has completed extensive training in this field including the intensive programs ‘Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, using a relationship-based approach to perinatal mood disturbance’ and ‘Bearing the Unbearable: a relationship based training program for perinatal loss’. She has also trained with the ‘Circle of Security’, facilitators and regularly uses this framework to enhance the attachment relationship between parents and infants. She enjoys working with parent-infant or parent-child dyads. She is passionate about providing a nurturing and accepting environment to explore unique ways to create loving connected families.

Jacinta has more than twenty years experience in supporting families, throughout their pregnancy and their children’s early years. Working alongside couples as they face the challenges of fertility issues, perinatal loss, premature birth, birth trauma, and supporting mothers and fathers with significant perinatal depression and anxiety is a common presentation, as is difficulties with mothers and fathers bonding to their infants. She also supports families through loss and grief and in working through past or recent traumas. Jacinta always feels privileged to work with clients who have presented with perinatal loss. Frequently, she has supported these couples throughout their subsequent pregnancies. Jacinta , being a trained Couples Therapist and as the perinatal period in particular, is a time of immense change, she aims to enhance the couple relationship by helping to build emotionally available couples and supporting them to work with challenges in their relationships.

Jacinta has developed a good understanding of the infant’s world and development, which has allowed for improved clinical work with infants, children and parents. Jacinta has an in-depth level of knowledge and understanding of the challenges that a new infant brings to the family, both at the transition to parenting and when adding a new sibling to the family. She is passionate about providing a nurturing and accepting environment to explore unique ways to create loving connected families. She often has families presenting with infants struggling with sleep and settling issues, feeding issues, toileting issues, anxiety, emotional dysregulation issues and sensory issues. She provides a space for parents to see their infant as separate to them and she supports parents to be curious and to reflect on what is happening for their infant. She particularly enjoys parent-infant dyad work especially engaging in infant/child led interventions. Parents are encouraged to bring their infant to sessions.

Client Groups
  • Children (0-12)
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parent work
  • Parent - Child dyads including mother-infant work
Therapy Specialties
  • Trauma Focused Therapies
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Family System Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Creative Therapies
  • Play Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Parent-Child interventions
Service Specialties
  • Preparing for Parenthood
  • Pregnancy
  • Infertility Issues
  • Perinatal Loss
  • Subsequent pregnancy following a loss
  • Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
  • Premature Birth
  • Birth Trauma
  • Adjusting to Parenthood
  • Parent-Infant Attachment
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Developmental Issues
  • Fostering your Infant and Child’s emotional development
  • Relating to your Infant, Toddler, Child or Adolescent
  • Understanding your Infant, Toddler, Child or Adolescent’s behaviour
  • Couple Relationship Issues
  • Complex Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Loss and Grief
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relationship and Interpersonal Concerns
  • Personality Disorders
  • Emotional Regulation Issues
  • Transitions