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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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NB: If perinatal loss support is required please check with reception for bookings with Carla. Unfortunately for all other new referrals Carla is currently at capacity but has an amazing team of clinicians able to see new referrals.

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  • Clinical interests:

    • Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

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

    • Fertility Difficulties & IVF support

    • Birth Debrief & Birth Trauma

    • Transitions to Parenthood

    • Trauma

    • Women’s Sexuality & Intimacy Difficulties

    • Sexual Identity Support

  • Professional Supervision 

  • Training


Carla is the director of the PCF Hub and an endorsed Clinical Psychologist. Carla holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology) and Masters of Clinical Psychology, with over 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’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 has a long history of involvement in national and community projects focusing on the perinatal period and children and youth including:


> Co-collaborated with the Centre of Perinatal Psychology on a national and internationally delivered training program "Bearing the Unbearable; A Relationship Based Training Approach to Perinatal Loss", > Member of the board of advisors for the Perinatal Training Centre. 

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Supervisor for the Perinatal Training Centre. 

> Publication in the Australian Psychologist Journal for Pregnancy-related Fears,

Other past roles/projects in addition to private practice work including;

  • Gidget Foundation- Start Talking Psychologist

  • 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,

  • Lighthouse Project for Children in Domestic Violence,

  • Co-ordinator and counsellor for Domestic Violence Women's refuge

  • Undertaking assessments for the Child Development Service (Qld Health)

  • As well as providing information sessions and training to professionals (mental health professionals, medical, midwives, allied health etc) and parents within the perinatal period.

Carla works within Attachment Theory and Developmentally informed frames, utilising a variety of evidence-based therapies such as  Schema Therapy, 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.

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