A safe place of retreat & connection that offers a range of holistic services to support perinatal wellbeing

Meet Our Team

Dr Adi Brown

Clinical Psychologist, Co-founder of The Perinatal Hub Surf Coast

Adi is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing in Victoria for over 10 years. She has a passion for understanding and addressing barriers to optimal health and wellbeing. Her personal values of openness, honesty, non-judgment, and respect are central to her practice. She is committed to providing her clients with evidence-based, individually-tailored support to enable them to regain hope, trust, and confidence in themselves and their future.

Adi is passionate about perinatal and infant mental health, mindfulness-based childbirth preparation, and supporting people in the transition to parenthood. She has experience working with adolescent and adult clients with a variety of psychological needs (e.g., anxiety, depression, psychosis, addiction, trauma, body image, self-esteem, sleep, and stress). Adi utilises third wave CBT (acceptance- and mindfulness-based therapies) however also draws from training in attachment theory, schema therapy, and motivational interviewing depending on her clients' needs.

Qualifications:

- Doctor of Clinical Psychology
- Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Specialist Training
- Birth Trauma and Perinatal Loss Specialist Training
- Circle of Security Parenting Program Facilitator
- AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor

Talia

Mindful Movement Pilates, Birth Assistant, Hypnobirthing Australia Facilitator & Co-Founder of The Perinatal Hub Surf Coast

Talia has been a passionate advocate for Pilates and Mindful Movement for 15 years, half of which she’s owned and operated her own Pilates business. Her love for pilates really solidified during her pregnancies, where she found it to be the most effective form of exercise for her ever changing body and energy levels. It always left her feeling good. She learnt how to connect her mind and body together as one, which was so beneficial for birth preparation. She felt physically and mentally empowered and strong enough to birth, which led to her own personal experiences of having positive births with reduced recovery period, both times.

Her pilates journey over the years has offered professional experience in all aspects of the pilates industry- from sports performance and fitness to boutique pilates studios to individualised clinical care in physiotherapy clinics, to the heart focused and holistic approach to movement and wellbeing, which she is still renowned for today. Her passion for wellbeing also ignited a love for mindfulness and meditation of which she is an ongoing devotee, finding ways to integrate these practices into her teachings where appropriate.

Being a curious person with a constant need for learning and growth, she discovered a personal interest in human behaviour and conscious relating- which led to collaborating with speaker and coach Jem Fuller on his annual global retreats, where she teaches mindfulness, meditation and mind-body connection through movement and breath. They also co-facilitate a Conscious Relationships weekend retreat for couples and a full day workshop on Conscious Communication for parents. Talia feels strongly about offering this work as “it’s really needed in our community to help support couples and parents to begin exploring what a conscious relationship actually means, and how that can improve the quality of family life and all our relationships, from an entry point level.”

Most recently she has followed her passion for women’s health and birth work to complete her doula training, which she has integrated with her years of professional experience in movement, pilates and mindfulness, to support our local Surf Coast families. Being a mumma of two, she has a natural ability to hold a safe space that is caring, inclusive, supportive, grounding, respectful, non-judgemental, warm and honest. Creating a central hub where women and families can have a range of holistic perinatal support services to choose from is an idea she dreamt about for years and is very excited to watch it become a reality that grows and unfolds into something really special.

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Georgia Prisco

Naturopath, Fertility, Cycle Health

As a degree-qualified Naturopath specialising in western herbal medicine, holistic nutrition and patient-centred care, Georgia understands that health and wellbeing is not a linear process. Her goal is to find answers, create positive change, and support others on their journey to prioritising their own health and wellbeing. Georgia’s approach to healing encompasses mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, with a truly holistic approach to every situation.

At The Perinatal Hub Georgia offers specialised care for women and couples during their parenting journey from preconception through to postpartum. Georgia uses evidence-informed strategies that can assist with:
- Improving your chances of falling pregnant
- Optimising the health and wellbeing of mother and baby
- Managing symptoms of pregnancy
- Addressing and correcting nutritional deficiencies
- Preparing for birth and the immediate post-birth period
- Supporting breast milk supply and preventing mastitis
… And more!

Dr Karyn Sutcliffe

Clinical Psychologist

Karyn is a Clinical Psychologist with considerable experience in working with individuals throughout the perinatal period from pre conception through to parenthood. Karyn’s passion for working with families through the perinatal period was established during her Doctorate where she conducted clinical research investigating the importance of maternal well-being and attachment for both the health of mother and baby.

During this time Karyn also worked at Mercy Hospital for Women in the Perinatal Mental Health Team and gained a sound knowledge in infant mental health while working at Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Team.

Karyn is passionate about a holistic approach to providing support to individuals and families during this unique time of their lives. She combines the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to work with individuals to achieve their goals.

Karyn has a Bachelor of Social Science, a Bachelor of Psychology with Honors and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Karyn is also a member of Marcé Society, Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists.

Kate Heagney

Acupuncturist, Fertility, Pregnancy, TCM

Since 2004, Kate has been practicing Chinese Medicine and Japanese medicine in Melbourne, Mornington, Geelong and Torquay. She specialises in Natural Fertility and IVF support, pre-pregnancy and pregnancy support, natural labour induction and birth preparation. Using centuries old techniques to support the mother, Kate utilises Chinese Medicine to facilitate and naturally connect the mother to her own innate sense of wisdom. Her approach is gentle, intuitive and supportive.

Kate is a registered Practitioner of Acupuncture, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in 2005 in Melbourne and her post graduate studies in Japanese Acupuncture in 2008. She has been lecturing at Southern School of Natural Therapies since 2012 teaching Chinese Dietary Therapy and Qi Gong (Health Maintenance) and brings a passion for using food as medicine particularly in pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-partum care. Her passion and focus are women’s health, specifically pregnancy and postnatal care, hormonal health and IVF support.

All treatments are specific to the client, safe, and effective. She uses a combination of Japanese Acupuncture, Moxabustion, Cupping, Chinese Dietary Therapy and QiGong. Kate also has general practice that offers treatment for both acute and chronic conditions; including musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, digestive issues, anxiety & depression. Treating the body in its entirety, Kate’s understanding and treatments focus on harmonising the Qi (life force ) in the patient using a variety of effective and gentle techniques. This is achieved by ensuring Qi or “life energy” is in abundant supply and flows through the body’s meridians, a network of invisible channels throughout the body.

Margy Carney

Pregnancy Massage Therapist

Margy has been a holistic massage therapist and reflexologist for over 2 decades. Passionate about the wide benefits of massage in contributing to healing and wellbeing, she realised her affinity for pregnancy massage early on, and has been fortunate to train and work in women’s health and pregnancy in a variety of settings.

Being able to provide support during pregnancy and beyond through therapeutic touch brings Margy joy: easing aches and pains; helping the body, mind and heart adjust to changes; preparing for birth and – most of all - offering an experience of nurturing, grounding and wellbeing.

Margy listens to each client and their body, creating a treatment to suit their specific needs and unique situation. She draws on a variety of specialised perinatal massage techniques including relaxation, deep tissue and reflexology.

Qualifications

Cert IV Massage Therapy
Cert IV Reflexology
Cert Pregnancy Massage (Pregnancy Massage Australia)
BHSc Naturopathy
Cert Meditation Teaching

Registrations / Health funds

Registered Remedial Therapy provider for all major health funds
Australian Natural Therapists’ Association Member (Member no. 4275)

Josette Barbuto

Registered Nurse & Midwife

Meet Jo Barbuto.

She understands that pregnancy and the birth of a new baby can bring lots of joy as well as uncertainty as it is a time of great change and transition. Jo is passionate about providing family centred care, engaging all families, allowing parents to be the best parents they can be, thus assisting in creating healthy, happy families within our amazing coastal community.

Her background includes working as a Registered Nurse and Midwife with an additional Diploma in Neonatal Intensive Care. She has also completed her Master of Nursing Science in Child, Family & Community. She has a wealth of experience and has been working in the Nursing and Midwifery field for over 20 years. She is a sessional academic at Deakin Waterfront teaching undergraduate nursing students. In addition, Jo has an interest in educating expectant parents of their options of storing their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue.

She is in a unique position to help ensure optimal early childhood development through providing innovative evidence based health promotion. She believes that health promotion and anticipatory guidance allows parents to be empowered further enhancing their parenting skills. She is excited to have this opportunity to provide information sessions to you on a range of antenatal and postnatal topics.

Jem Fuller

Coach, Mentor, Facilitator - Relationships & Personal Development

Jem works as personal development coach/mentor, specialising in communication, relationships and leadership. Through his adventurous and colourful life he has travelled extensively, worked in many roles from teacher to tattooist, fire dancer to corporate leader. Jem has studied Chinese Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Coaching, NLP and Human Behavioural Profiling. His company also runs personal development retreats in the Indian Himalaya, Bali, The Kimberley and locally on the Surf Coast. As well as his corporate clients, Jem has been coaching couples and running Conscious Relationship retreats since 2014, and co-facilitates the Family Foundations Relationship Workshop, especially for The Perinatal Hub community.

Nick Columb

Mens Counsellor

Originally from the Mornington Peninsula then sunny Melbourne town and now proudly calling the Surf Coast home. I love all things outdoors with most of my free time of late going towards mastering the art of standing up on and eventually turning my beloved longboard, a craft I am determined to master 🙂

I completed an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling in 2014 and have since developed a passion for working in the counselling and the men's health space in various capacities including mentoring, workshop facilitation, running men’s circles, groups and large gatherings among others.

My counselling style is a combination of person-centred and transpersonal therapies. Put simply the pace is set by you, the client, starting wherever you are. Welcoming the challenges that are there and sitting in the discomfort is the perfect place to begin our journey together to uncover the deeper layers of what may be going on. This is not always comfortable yet can be very powerful.

My experience tells me that many of the challenges we face are as a result of a disconnection with ourselves and can be supported through gentle exploration and forming new relationships with these often fragmented parts, understanding and reconnecting to these parts will form the foundation of our work.

Focussing is my preferred technique as it allows access to the deepest parts of our self through dialogue with the physical and more subtle energetic bodies, where I believe the deepest healing and transformation can take place. It is a non-contact, safe and gentle meditative approach incorporating mindful awareness and compassion.

I offer a free 15 minute initial phone chat to see if we are a good fit for each other so please feel free to reach out via phone or email if you would like to arrange a time to explore how we may be able to work together.

Andrew Braddy

Counsellor & Dad's Group Facilitator

Andrew is a certified counsellor, teacher, wilderness guide and is a passionate yogi, meditator and outdoorsman. He is trained in Monash University’s Masters of Counselling as well as Rites of Passage, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Trauma Informed Practice.

Andrew specialises in working with men and has worked with adults and adolescents as a counsellor, teacher and workshop facilitator for close to a decade. As a counsellor he forms rapport quickly with his clients and works collaboratively to meet problems with compassion and trust. Andrew uses techniques from Person-Centred Therapy, Focussing, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Andrew has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, low motivation or self worth, parenting and relationship difficulties, life transitions and seeking general mental wellbeing support.

Andrew runs workshops for dads at The Perinatal Hub which support the transition to fatherhood through connection to self and community. He is passionate about supporting men’s wellbeing and has run groups with men for more than 5 years.

Laura Rees

Remedial Therapist

Specialising in Women’s relaxation, Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage

Laura has always had a passion for massage and for finding those spots which need extra attention. Since completing her Diploma of Remedial Massage in Melbourne over a decade ago Laura has developed a holistic approach to her practice. Since moving down the coast she has focused on pregnancy and women's massage.

Pregnancy and childbirth bring a myriad of physical changes. As a mother herself Laura knows how important it is to look after yourself so you can look after your child. Alone time is even more precious once you become a mother. Looking after little ones is exhausting and all consuming. Laura wants to be the one to look after you.

"I love giving clients that 'ah' feeling. Helping someone feel better is what it is all about"

Qualifications:

Diploma in Remedial Massage

Cert Pregnancy Massage (Pregnancy Massage Australia)

Registrations/ Health funds

Registered provider for all major health funds
Massage and Myotherapy Australia number 018104

Meg Tasker

Speech Pathologist

Meg has 20 years of experience working as a speech pathologist and teacher within Australian and International settings. She has supported children, adolescents, adults and their families in school environments, hospital settings, the non-for-profit sector and private practice.

Meg has extensive clinical experience working with children and adolescents in the assessment and treatment of:
- Global Development Delays
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Paediatric Voice
- Paediatric Dysarthria
- Receptive and Expressive Language Delays
- Literacy and Reading Difficulties
- AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)
- Articulation and Phonology Difficulties
- Phonological Awareness Difficulties
- Social Thinking Disorders
- Dysfluency (Stuttering)
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Attention and Organisation Difficulties
- Working Memory
- EAL (English as an Additional Language) Support
- Hearing Impairment Management.

Meg believes collaboration with parents, primary caregivers, teachers, and other team members is essential in assisting clients to communicate independently, maximise their learning potential, and create positive social relationships at home and in the community. She also believes that individuals learn best when they are having fun and utilises an evidence based, wholistic, play based approach to create interventions that are individualised, engaging, motivating and functional in supporting communication development across multiple settings.

Meg is a warm, compassionate and caring clinician who has a deep gratitude for being able to support clients to better connect and communicate to and with the people and world around them.

Meg completed her Masters in Speech Pathology Degree at La Trobe University and holds a Bachelors of Education Degree from the University of Tasmania. She holds a Certified Practising Membership with Speech Pathology Australia and is a Hanen and Lidcombe Certified Speech Pathologist.

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