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 for over 15 years. She is passionate about perinatal and infant mental health, and holds specific training and interest in mindful birthing, perinatal anxiety and depression, the transition to parenthood, supporting the parent-child bond, birth trauma and perinatal loss.

Adi’s personal values of openness, honesty, non-judgment, and respect are central to her practice. She is committed to understanding and addressing barriers to optimal health and wellbeing, and provides her clients with evidence-based, individually tailored support to enable them to regain hope, trust, and confidence in themselves and their future.

Over her career Adi has worked in research, public health, and private practice. She has extensive experience working with adolescent and adult clients presenting with a variety of psychological needs (e.g., anxiety, depression, psychosis, substance use, 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

Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner, Birth Doula, Pregnancy Pilates Expert & 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 studio. 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 periods, 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 living - which led to collaborating on annual global retreats where she teaches mindfulness, meditation and mind-body connection through movement and breath. She also co-facilitates a Conscious Relationship weekend and a full day workshop on Conscious Communication for parents.

In line with her passion for women’s health and birth work, she completed her Independant Doula training as well as the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner certification and launched 'Village Birth' - to support local Surf Coast women to birth with confidence. Her years of professional experience and knowledge in movement, physiology, pilates, mindfulness and education - are all integrated with her birth support to provide an exceptionally unique service for these women and families. Being a mumma of two herself, she has a natural ability to hold a safe space that is caring, inclusive, supportive, grounding, respectful, non-judgemental, educated, warm and honest.

Creating a central hub where women and families have a range of holistic perinatal support services and continuity-of-care, is a concept she dreamt about for years - and is excited to watch it grow 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!

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)

Hannah Jensen

Clinical Psychologist

Hannah is a Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience. She specialises in the areas of trauma, cross cultural and perinatal psychology. Hannah is also skilled in working with people struggling with depression and anxiety.

Hannah has experience working in both public health and private practice. Prior to relocating to the Surf Coast, she was as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital. In this role she provided therapeutic support to pregnant women, as well as women in the postpartum period and their infants. She has specific interest in the transition to parenthood, and the challenges that may accompany this shift. Additionally, she is experienced in working with women who have had traumatic births, and with those who have anxiety around birth. Hannah has also been involved in running the groups: Mind Baby Body (mindfulness based group for pregnant women), Parenting with Feeling (postnatal psychotherapeutic group), and Attaching-Building-Connecting (postnatal therapeutic group for women struggling with substance use and their infants).

In the past, Hannah’s interest in cross cultural psychology and trauma has provided her with opportunities to work in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa with a range of international organisations and United Nations agencies. She continues to do short term international consultancies and remote support, however is now primarily based in Australia.
Hannah employs a holistic and trauma informed approach, and is focused on empowering the clients she works with to meet treatment goals. She provides both short term and longer term therapy, based on the individual needs of each client. Hannah is warm, open and approachable and values the importance of providing a safe space for clients.

As well as individual and group therapeutic work, Hannah provides supervision to Clinical Psychology Registrars and Clinical Psychologists.

Andrew Braddy

Youth & Men's Counsellor

Andrew is a certified counsellor, teacher, wilderness guide and a passionate runner, 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 adolescents and men.

Andrew has worked as a counsellor, high school teacher, outdoor education teacher and facilitator in Rites of Passage programs for young men for more than 8 years. He forms authentic relationships with his clients and takes a humanistic and strength based approach to counselling young people. This means that he validates the experience of the individual and works with them to find their own solutions to their challenges.

Andrew has worked with adult men for more than 5 years as a counsellor, men’s group facilitator and facilitator of Rites of Passage programs for fathers and sons. He specialises in the challenges men face in relationships, parenting, emotional awareness and regulation, depression and anxiety.

Andrew uses techniques from Person-Centred Therapy, Focussing, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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.

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.

Laura Rees

Remedial Massage 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

Jem Fuller

Coach, Mentor, Facilitator - Relationships & Communication

Jem works as personal development coach/mentor, specialising in communication, relationships and leadership. 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 facilitates the Conscious Communication Information session for our local community throughout The Perinatal Hub.