Resources

Although only quality resources are listed please note that I don’t necessarily endorse every viewpoint expressed in these websites.  I strongly encourage you to digest all advice (including mine) in light of your own values and your knowledge of your own children.  Then to try it out and see if it actually works for you.  That is the ultimate test. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Resources

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT pronounced as the word “act”) is my main therapeutic modality.  ACT has a growing evidence-base and incorporates mindfulness, acceptance and vital living.  The Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) is the professional community for ACT therapists and researchers.  Their website is an excellent place to find out more about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as to find an ACT therapist in your local area:  http://www.contextualscience.org/

Russ Harris maintains an excellent website on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy including a listing of ACT therapists in Australia: http://www.actmindfully.com.au/

There are also ACT Centres, specialist teams of ACT therapists providing psychological assessment and therapy in BrisbaneSydney and Adelaide.

Breastfeeding Resources

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is a mother-led breastfeeding support association based in Australia.  ABA maintains an excellent website covering every stage of the breastfeeding relationship.  Australian mothers can also freely access counselling from other mothers (who have completed training in breastfeeding counselling) on breastfeeding issues by phoning 1800 686 268 or via email from their website: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/

La Leche League International is a mother-led breastfeeding support and advocacy association.  La Leche League International is a gateway to finding resources on breastfeeding as well as breastfeeding support anywhere in the world: http://www.llli.org/

Compassion Resources

Dr Kristen Neff is a leading researcher on self-compassion and she maintains an excellent website with many resources: http://www.self-compassion.org/

The Centre for Compassion Focussed Psychotherapy is another excellent website with resources grounded in the latest science of compassion: http://www.mindfulcompassion.com/

The Compassionate Mind Foundation also maintains a quality website on compassion:  http://www.compassionatemind.co.uk/

Parenting Resources

Dr Sears maintains a parenting site with a range of resources.  Parents who identify with his parenting philosophy of attachment parenting or who enjoy breastfeeding, co-sleeping or baby-wearing may find this website particularly useful: http://www.askdrsears.com/

The Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) is a wonderful evidence-based resource for parents seeking more information on infant sleep: http://www.isisonline.org.uk/

Parentline is an excellent resource for Australians seeking parenting assistance.  To receive counselling about parenting and for assistance in seeking further help, phone the parentline number in your home state.  Find the phone number in your area at this website: http://www.parentline.com.au/getting-help/who-else-can-help/other-helpline-services.php

I collaborate with Possums, a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of making evidence-based and holistic care accessible to new families and families of children facing developmental and learning challenges.  Possums takes an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, with acceptance and commitment therapy integrated throughout (making sure that ACT is integrated throughout is my role!).  Possums runs an interdisciplinary clinic in Brisbane, Australia with online outreach and web-based resources including a film outlining our new approach to parent-infant sleep:  http://www.possumsonline.com/

The period of PURPLE crying offers quality information on infant crying and is a wonderful place to go for parents seeking to understand why their baby cries so much in the evening: http://www.purplecrying.info/

Raising Children Network is an Australian parenting site with resources and factsheets about a range of parenting issues from infancy to adolescencehttp://raisingchildren.net.au/

Triple P is an evidence-based parenting intervention that is widely available across Australia and world-wide.  It is particularly relevant to parents seeking help in managing behavioural problems.  Stepping Stones Triple P is a variant of Triple P for families of children with developmental disabilities.  Working with colleagues, I have conducted three randomised controlled trials of Triple P to date, showing that it is an effective approach for families of children with autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy: http://www.triplep.net/

Relationship Resources

The Gottman Institute is devoted to supporting an evidence-based approach to cultivating stronger relationships, especially romantic and family relationships:  https://www.gottman.com/

Other useful resources

Dr Brene Brown is a leading researcher on vulnerability.  She maintains a wonderful website with resources on vulnerability, courage and self-compassion:  http://brenebrown.com/

Lifeline is an excellent resource for Australians experiencing a crisis.  To receive crisis counselling and assistance in seeking further help, phone 13 11 14.  Lifeline’s website is accessed here: http://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/

How can I find a psychologist?

Psychologists can provide much support to parents including; help in fine-tuning parenting, advice on the management of childhood behavioural problems, therapy for parental depression or anxiety, therapy for child depression or anxiety, assistance in parenting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and neuropsychological assessments.  When seeking psychological help, always ensure that you are seeking help from a registered psychologist (someone registered as a psychologist in your country).  Often the terms “psychologist”, “counsellor” and “psychotherapist” are used interchangeably and this can be confusing for people seeking help.  Please note that in many countries, registration (and specific professional training) is required to call yourself a psychologist, however, registration (and specific training) is often not required to call yourself a counsellor or psychotherapist.  When seeking help from a psychologist, also ensure that the specific psychologist you are seeking help from has the necessary qualifications and experience to help you with your concerns.  If you don’t feel comfortable with a particular psychologist, don’t go back!  Seek help elsewhere.   Australians may be interested in knowing that they can access psychological services for many issues through medicare if they are referred by their GP.  Talk to your doctor about the best ways for you to access psychological help in your country.  Doctors often know particular psychologists who have worked with their patients before and can make recommendations.  You can also research psychologists and self-refer by contacting the psychologist directly.  Remember that it is important that your psychologist is a good fit for you. Australians may find the “find a psychologist” service of the Australian Psychological Society useful: http://www.psychology.org.au/findapsychologist/