Perinatal Psychology Services - Tel: 3133 0610 Email: info@brilliantmindspsychology.com.au
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Perinatal Psychology Clinic

at Brilliant Minds

For many of us planning to have a baby, pregnancy and welcoming our children into the world is something we look forward to.  Despite the imagined happiness we prepare ourselves for this can also be a highly stressful time in the lives of the parents and the reality of what we face does not always meet what we imagined our parenting journey to be.  

The Perinatal Period
The Perinatal period covers plans to conceive, pregnancy and right through until three years postpartum.  As many as 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience antenatal anxiety or depression and this increases in the postnatal period with 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men affected postnatally.  Issues we have been trained in and can offer help with include:

  • Planning
    • infertility
    • fertility treatments
    • stress around conceiving
    • single parent issues
  • Pregnancy / Antenatal Issues
    • depression and anxiety
    • preparing to become a parent
    • antenatal bonding
    • unplanned pregnancy
    • pregnancy loss
  • Postpartum Issues
    • Birth Trauma
    • Premature Birth
    • Depression and Anxiety
    • Adjusting to Parenthood
    • Fatherhood
    • Maintaining a strong couple relationship
  • Parenting
    • Bonding
    • Looking after the baby’s emotional development
    • Understanding infant and toddler behaviour
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Senior Clinical Psychologist Linda Boyce
The Brilliant Minds Psychology - Perinatal Clinic.
Linda is a Member Centre for Perinatal Psychology

See Linda on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Tel: 3133 0610
Email: info@brilliantmindspsychology.com.au


Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety and
Depression in the Perinatal Period
  • Panic attacks (heart racing, palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, shaking, feeling detached from surroundings)
  • Worry and concern that persists and that often focuses on health and wellbeing of the baby
  • Being nervous or on edge
  • Development of obsessive compulsive behaviours
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling low and sad, tearfulness for no obvious reason
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep (unrelated to baby’s needs)
  • Lethargy
  • Brain fog - hard to remember and concentrate
  • Increased sensitivity to noise
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of interest in sex or intimacy
  • Easily annoyed or irritated
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Factors that Contribute to Perinatal Anxiety and Depression
Certain factors can make it more likely you will experience perinatal anxiety and depression including:
  • History of anxiety and depression
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Previous foetal or infant loss 
  • Complications in pregnancy
  • Traumatic birth
  • Premature or sick baby
  • Challenges feeding or settling baby
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Physical illness
  • Financial stress
  • Relationship stress
  • Family violence
  • Limited social support
  • Childhood history of abuse or trauma
  • Grief
  • Absence of own mother or mothering figure

Getting Help in the Perinatal Period
  • Book an appointment to see one of our Psychologists at Brilliant Minds Psychology on 3133 0610.
  • Talk to your partner or a trusted friend or relative
  • Tell your GP or Child Health Nurse
  • Call the Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) National Helpline 1300 726 306 or visit their website https://www.panda.org.au 
  • Visit the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) Website http://cope.org.au 
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Brilliant Minds Psychology
Tel:  3133 0610
Email: info@brilliantmindspsychology.com.au

Monday to Saturday
Perinatal Psychology Brisbane at Brilliant Minds Psychology