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Considering international adoption?

Considering international adoption?

The need to have a psychological evaluation is a prerequisite when adopting a child from another country. Although the requirements can vary for each country, usually a clinical interview and some well-validated psychological measures are completed for each prospective parent. The process might sound quite thorough and perhaps a little unfair or intrusive. The aim is to ensure that you as parents [...] Read more

Just speak up

Just speak up

Next week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (15-21 November 2015). It’s common for pregnant women and new mothers to feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, frustrated and just plain exhausted. But if this is all you feel and there are few positive feelings at all, it becomes challenging to manage alone. Make the best step for you and your family by speaking up. Things can improve [...] Read more

We've moved!

We've moved!

Cloudberry Clinic has a new home in Woollahra, in the heart of the Eastern suburbs. Our official relocation opening is the 14th September 2015. Cloudberry Clinic will remain a separate entity, sharing common areas within the Quirky Kid Clinic at: Unit 2, First floor, 83-85 Queen St Woollahra NSW 2025. We believe the new offices will provide a more comfortable experience for our clients. Entrance [...] Read more

Stress – Friend or Foe?

Stress – Friend or Foe?

Stress has been getting some pretty good press lately. A number of recent books and articles have been selling its benefits and urging us to embrace it as our friend. Is that possible? A pounding heart, tense muscles, quickened breathing . . . stress is the automatic ‘fight or flight’ survival response that happens in your body when there is a perceived threat. It heightens senses and reaction [...] Read more

Think you are alone, think again...

Think you are alone, think again...

In Australia, 1 in 5 women will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety in a lifetime. Anxiety and depression in our community is more common than you might think, and especially among women. When life isn't going to plan and problems seem overwhelming, it can feel like you are alone in the world. In addition to psychology sessions, it can be helpful to read about common [...] Read more

Experts and the science of spanking, spoiling and child control

Experts and the science of spanking, spoiling and child control

Over the past two centuries, society has come to expect a great deal from mothers, and mothers have come to expect a lot of themselves. What people have called optimal mothering has changed dramatically over the years. From the early 20th century, a plethora of childcare manuals have emerged telling women how their babies should be efficiently managed. No spoiling! The 1920s saw the rise of [...] Read more