Counselling

We are often asked how talking can help. A counsellor brings an objective point of view that can help you find new insight. They often have experience of issues from a range of perspectives that can help to broaden your scope of understanding, resilience, self-compassion, your capacity for coping and acceptance of change. Often, a counsellor is called upon to assist people when things aren’t going well or we are experiencing some kind of difficulty. Using of a range of approaches aimed at providing support and reducing distress, a counsellor can help you improve your mental health and wellbeing.

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  • Suzanne Hurley

    General & Perinatal Counsellor

    Qualifications
    Masters in Counselling and Human Services (LaTrobe Uni)
    Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Human Services (LaTrobe Uni)
    Advanced Certificate in Applied Science (Naturopathy)
    Certificate in Dance / Movement Therapy

    Professional Associations
    Clinical membership with PACFA. NAAPOC. ARCAP

    Biography

    Suzanne Hurley is a Perinatal Counsellor who attends to those who may be unhappy, distressed, afraid or otherwise impacted by any pregnancy related event where additional support may be needed. She has an impressive level of expertise having worked with varying degrees of reproductive loss, including pregnancy options counselling, infertility and IVF support, perinatal mental healthabortion counselling and in reproductive health issues. She has provided her clients with counselling, group support and presented to health professionals in various perinatal settings. Her expertise and understanding of the issues women, couples and families face when immersed in the perinatal period is highly specialised. She knows that when confronted by the unexpected you need someone by your side.

    Many years ago Suzanne spent four years at Fertile Ground Health Group counselling in infertility and IVF support and has now returned bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience after having worked in multiple settings where perinatal mental health has been the main focus of her work. This has included time on the helpline at PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia), at Carrington Health in the Community Outreach Perinatal Support Service and at The Women’s Hospital’s Pregnancy Advisory Service and Marie Stopes Australia National Counselling Service for unplanned pregnancy.

    As well as working with Individuals and short term couples work, Suzanne has an interest in Groups. To date she has run; Little Village for women considering sole parenting using donor sperm, Sanctuary for women having IVF treatment and Pregnant Pause and Moving Stories: explorations of the pregnant body, past present and future, through movement.

    She also provides clinical supervision to health professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, maternal and child health nurses, complimentary health practitioners,psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counsellors.

    In Counselling Suzanne can address:

    Contemplating Pregnancy

    • Fear and worry about pregnancy, birth, baby.
    • Relationship issues including Family Violence
    • Infertility
    • IVF
    • Single women contemplating using donor sperm
    • Another baby after difficult perinatal experiences
    • Health issues

    Unintended Pregnancy

    • Pro Choice, unbiased pregnancy options counseling
    • Unplanned, wanted, difficulty circumstances eg. Family Violence
    • Unplanned & unwanted but beliefs against abortion
    • Unplanned, wanted but am I sure?
    • Difficulties making a decision
    • Pregnancy the result of sexual assault
    • Considering abortion later in pregnancy
    • Abortion support; pre and post

      Pregnancy Support

    • Anxiety and or Depression
    • History of mental illness
    • Unhappy
    • Change of circumstances during pregnancy
    • Birth preparation
    • Fetal abnormalities
    • Harmony testing at 10wks

     Life With Baby

    • Birth debrief
    • Not enjoying your baby
    • Not feeling like yourself
    • Relationship difficulties
    • Isolation
    • Family issues
    • Post natal Anxiety and or Depression
    • Missing work or thinking of return to work
    • Who we are as a family?
    • Who am I as a Mother/Father?
    • Unexpected outcomes
    • Grief and Loss

    End of Reproduction

    • Who am I if I am not a mother?
    • I wanted children but could not have them
    • Health issues impacting fertility
    • Hysterectomy counseling
    • But I wanted more children

     

    Suzanne’s approach to counselling:

    What I believe…

    I firmly believe compassionate, early counselling intervention for all reproductive trauma events, including unbiased abortion support will establish parents both today and in the future with the best possible outcomes for managing the unexpected realities if they do, when they do and during having their babies. This can be done kicking and screaming or it can be done with honour, good humour and grace. You get to choose.

    What I do…

    I have a unique breadth of experience and now specialise across the full spectrum of fertility matters and associated losses in supporting women and their families. This can include unplanned pregnancy and unbiased, decision-making counselling, abortion support, pregnancy issues, infertility & IVF, birth trauma, antenatal and postnatal anxiety and or depression, hysterectomy & health- related reproductive matters. Nothing holds greater value than another because in my world it all matters.

    Where I have come from…

    My passion and commitment arose out of 15 years combined practice with Pregnancy Advisory Service at the Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Marie Stopes National Counselling Team, PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) National Helpline & at Carrington Health’s Community Outreach Perinatal Support Service. This was all very unplanned on my behalf and I feel this work found me. I had to earn the privilege and honour of doing what I do.

    How might my expertise benefit you…

    I have gained such a wealth of knowledge about sitting with the discomfort of life’s challenges, particularly in the perinatal realm and the grief this may evoke. In the counseling room I sit solidly by your side whilst you feel the big emotions and gently guide you toward greater comfort and peace in reconciling with such harsh realities. You will no longer be alone because you have taken that step to ask for help and I know how courageous that feels.

    My lived experience…

    I cannot support you if I have not felt what it takes to reach out myself. I have been in the uncertainty of vulnerability and had to do it anyway. It is not easy and I hold great compassion and awe at what is revealed to me and sometimes to only me. I know that I must earn your trust and cannot be further ahead of you in meeting your needs. It is why I am by your side, with you, completely.

    Suzanne is available for face to face, phone and skype consultations.

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