Julie Fickel

Midwife Counsellor Julie FickelRN, PG Cert Health Science, PG Diploma Midwifery.

Julie Fickel is a midwife counsellor with expertise in postnatal depression, anxiety, birth trauma and early parenting support, with over 20 years’ in family health and counselling.

Julie has completed additional training at Griffith University to provide counselling especially for for pregnancy, parenting support, perinatal mental health (depression and anxiety), and perinatal trauma issues.

As a trained midwife counsellor, Julie is well placed to sensitively explore your unique story and situation.

Birth Trauma

If the question  How was your birth?  evokes sadness, anxiety or distress, you may be 1 of 6 mothers reporting postnatal depression symptoms, or 1 of every 3 women reporting a traumatic birth or a distressing event in pregnancy. It is not surprising then that you have persistent negative emotions like being teary, overwhelmed, and anxious – after all, something traumatic has happened to you that was unexpected and is most likely, yet to be explained.

When these negative feelings continue beyond weeks or months women can become overwhelmed and unable to see their way through the problems and may even feel suicidal.

How frustrating is it to try to describe ongoing feelings of stress and depression, particularly when your body has healed and you have a healthy child. There is no obvious evidence that supports how you feel – yet the feelings persist. Discussion with your doctor, family and friends may result in even more confusion as they try to reassure you:

“Time will heal…”             or                   “at least you have a healthy baby!”

This is because our culture only celebrates birth as a healthy normal event regardless of the woman’s experience.

On top of all this confusion and trying to cope with your emotions, motherhood comes with its own challenges and can be a rigorous testing ground of a woman’s resilience, her belief in herself and her ability to strategise and cope. When you add health problems, intimacy issues, financial stress, low social support and having more than one small child to care for, how does a woman move forward?

Talking with a specially trained midwife counsellor like Julie, can provide effective strategies to help you to rise to the challenges of your growing family, and overcome postnatal depression.

Effective strategies include:

  • looking at ways of coping;
  • time management;
  • ways to increase social support;
  • effective interpersonal communication;
  • self-care;
  • health management;
  • parenting tips.

Midwife Counsellor for all Perinatal Issues

There are also times when pregnancy does not go as planned, leaving a woman and her partner reeling from overwhelming emotions following miscarriage or stillbirth. With over 20 years’ experience in family health, Julie has finely honed skills in supporting individuals and their families to cope with change, grief and loss (especially miscarriage and stillbirth); fostering resilience during times of crisis or distress, and more recently trauma therapy.

She has previously worked for Lifeline as a telephone counsellor and group trainer for 3 years, as well as facilitating women’s recovery ministry groups while studying pastoral care.

Julie offers counselling sessions via Skype, telephone, and face-to-face at M1 Psychology Loganholme. To arrange an appointment, please call (07) 3067 9129 or book Julie Fickel online now.