Pregnancy

Mental Health in Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be both exciting and terrifying. You may have experienced a difficult journey to get pregnant. Your pregnancy news may have been unexpected. For some men and women depression or anxiety may re-emerge in pregnancy, or perhaps you are pregnant and experiencing antenatal depression or anxiety for the first time. You may be looking to take a preventative approach and want to learn strategies to strengthen your relationship or develop individual coping skills to reduce the impact of postnatal depression.

Pregnancy Support Counselling Mornington

At Stirling Psychology some of our Mornington psychologists are able to offer services under the perinatal non-directive counselling program which provides Medicare Rebates for individuals who have any personal concerns about a current or recent pregnancy. Medicare offers rebates for up to 3 pregnancy support counselling sessions for a person who is currently pregnant or who has been pregnant in the preceding 12 months.


Any GP may refer clients under this program, via a signed and dated letter. Please note unlike the mental health care plan you do not need to have a diagnosable mental health condition to access this funding. See the Department of Health’s website for more information on this program. 

Preparing for the Transition to Parenthood

We can’t ever know exactly what to expect when our baby is born. Every birth experience is different and your baby will bring their own temperament and set of needs. It’s impossible to know how you will cope but we can help you prepare for the uncertainty of parenthood so that you have the best chance to transition as smoothly as possible. You might be worried about developing postnatal depression and may want to take a preventative approach or you may want to better manage stress during your pregnancy.

Strengthening your Relationship


The couple relationship also undergoes its own profound transition during this time. At Stirling Psychology we are passionate about prevention and early intervention. You may wish to attend our Bringing Baby Home Workshop to prepare for the transition to parenthood as a couple or you may want to engage in couples therapy to address issues in your relationship before baby arrives. 

Common reasons you may seek help during pregnancy

  • Antenatal depression
  • Antenatal anxiety
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Previous perinatal loss
  • Feeling isolated
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Fear of birth
  • Maintaining couple intimacy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Difficulties conceiving
  • Prevention of Postnatal Depression

We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.”
– Daniel J Siegel

We believe everyone has the capacity for change and therefore, provide an open, supportive environment that nurtures growth.

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