Dr Sarah Woodgate
Perinatal, Infant, Child and Family
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside families and am committed to creating a safe space for them to grow, connect, be well and thrive.”
AREAS OF INTEREST
Emotional and behavioural issues in childhood
Child and adolescent mental health concerns
Perinatal mental health concerns
Perinatal grief and loss
Fertility and IVF support
Partner wellbeing during the perinatal period
Transitions to parenthood
Trauma, including birth and attachment trauma
Family and couple therapy
BScMed, MBBS (Hons), MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Cert Child Adol Psych
Dr Woodgate is a Perinatal, Infant, Child and Family Psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales in 2002 and has worked in mental health in Australia and the United Kingdom for the past 15 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and completed further Advanced Training in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry.
Dr Woodgate has a special interest in Infant Mental Health and sees families during pre-conception, throughout pregnancy and in the early years of a child’s life. She enjoys supporting young families to thrive together and is passionate about the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life, intervening early to improve parental mental health, strengthen parenting confidence and capacity, and scaffolding parent-child relationships.
Dr Woodgate has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast with her young family. She was raised in Queensland and has returned to be closer to extended family. For the past 5 years she has worked at Karitane in Sydney, NSW. Her broader work includes experience in developmental disabilities, assertive outreach for children and families, child protection and attachment trauma.
Dr Woodgate favours a holistic, individualised and collaborative approach to your care. Her assessment is particularly informed by attachment and developmental frameworks. She provides comprehensive clinical assessments and management care plans which may include a number of treatment modalities such as psychological therapy, lifestyle management, social support and medication. She enjoys working together with your team of professionals and believes that proactive, clear communication is so important to the wellbeing of families.
Dr Woodgate is skilled in individual, dyadic and family systems approaches to therapy. She draws on systemic, psychodynamic, mentalising and behavioural models of care and as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, is well placed to provide care for parents concerned about their bond with their baby.
Dr Woodgate is an experienced educator and supervisor. She is an accredited supervisor for RANZCP trainees and enjoys supervising clinicians from a variety of disciplines. She is a lecturer for the Masters of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and co-author of the Infant Mental Health assessment chapter of the IACAPAP online Child Psychiatry textbook.
Dr Woodgate is an accredited Circle of Security Parenting Group provider and is also trained in the Newborn Behavioural Observation System through the Royal Womens’ Hospital, Melbourne.
Dr Woodgate is happy to receive referrals for families through the perinatal period, including pre-conception and in the context of infertility or pregnancy loss. She sees children up to the age of 16. The referred person can be either parent, a couple, a family or child/adolescent. Please contact our reception should you require further information.
• Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
• RANZCP Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• RANZCP Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry
• Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK (RCPsych)
• Member of The Marcé Society
• Member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
• Member of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH)