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About ​Carla Anderson

Clinical Psychologist

“I am passionate about supporting individuals and families by holding space for them through their most challenging times, and being guided by their needs at the time to support their healing and recovery.”

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AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

  • Perinatal Grief & Loss (Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Terminations, Neonatal Death)

  • Fertility Difficulties & IVF support

  • Birth Debrief & Birth Trauma

  • Transitions to Parenthood

  • Child & Youth Psychology
    (anxiety, school concerns, ASD, ADHD etc.)

  • Trauma

  • Women’s Sexuality & Intimacy Difficulties

  • Eating Disorders

  • Sexual Identity Support

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Carla is the director of the PCF Hub and an endorsed Clinical Psychologist, with almost 20 years of experience providing psychological and counselling services, setting up her first private practice in 2005, providing psychological support for individuals and families during the Perinatal period and Children and Youth. Carla holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology) and Masters of Clinical Psychology. Carla’s passion with the perinatal period began in 2000 as a volunteer peer support and group coordinator with the Qld Postnatal Disorders Association, whilst completing her psychology degree and becoming a mother herself. Carla is a mother of three teenage children and three step children.

Carla has a long history of involvement in national and community projects focusing on the perinatal period and children and youth. Most recently Carla co-collaborated with the Centre of Perinatal Psychology on a national training program "Bearing the Unbearable; Perinatal Loss", was published in the Australian Psychologist Journal for her research on Pregnancy-related Fears, Other roles included; honorary national trainer for Bonnie Babes Foundation, training professionals in supporting families experiencing perinatal loss, co-ordinating Postnatal Disorders support groups and training of peer support volunteers for the Gladstone Communities for Children Initiative, the Lighthouse Project for Children in Domestic Violence, as well as providing information sessions to professionals and parents within the perinatal period.

Carla works within Attachment Theory and Developmentally informed frames, utilising a variety of evidence-based therapies such as  Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to enhance self-understanding among clients. She works individually, as well as with the family and infant/child. Carla provides a professional and caring space to process whatever difficulty clients are experiencing at the time, personalized to suit the individual’s needs.

 

She has also completed training specifically related to Perinatal disorders, Circle of Security and Attachment Based approaches.                 

 

Carla is also registered for Medicare’s Focused Psychological Strategies and the Non-directive Pregnancy Counselling items.