When I think about what is most important to me….. ABOVE all else….it’s being a mother.
I have 4 children between the ages of 9 and 17 years. I call them “the loves of my life” because truly that is how it is. But just as much as they can fill me with so much joy that I burst, they can also bring me to my knees.
There are heaps of things that I love about motherhood, some parts I’m indifferent to and a few bits that I don’t like. I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, without the experiences that motherhood has brought me.
Now when it comes to my ‘work’ (which is really my ‘calling’) I’m a Clinical (and Forensic) Psychologist. I’ll save the conversation about “what is a forensic psychologist” for another time. What I really want you to know is that one of the areas that I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE working in the most, is with mums and their bubs, toddlers, pre-schoolers, primary and high school aged kids. The lot!
There are so many reasons why I love working with mums. Probably the biggest reasons are because motherhood creates an openness within women that fosters enormous growth…and I find that both a privilege and exciting, to be a part of.
Mums are raising the next generation of adults and deserve a lot more support than they get…even if they have a wonderful support network and certainly if they don’t!
I am passionate about promoting positive transitions into, and experiences of, motherhood. I am determined to educate the community on mental health and wellbeing and I play my part in removing the stigma associated with seeking professional support.
To encourage spreading the word I happily and regularly appear in the local and national media and in online and national publications.
I am generally available for media comment on many aspects of parenthood including; the transition to parenting, perinatal depression and anxiety, working mothers, mindfulness and conscious parenting. However, given my 20-years’ of experience as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, I can also comment on trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, family breakdown, criminal behaviour, child protection and fostering. She is experienced in assisting parents with children’s mental health issues anxiety, peer relationships, bullying, self-harm, social media and cyber safety.
Channel 9 and Channel 10 News, Today Tonight, WA Today, The West Australian, ABC 720, 96fm, Curtin FM, Essential Baby, Kidspot, Practical Parenting, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Mail, Daily Life, Body and Soul
Kirstin feels Dads need to be highly valued in the work that she facilitates and therefore has teamed up with a Fatherhood specialist author and speaker Darrell Brown to share this important work. Kirstin is very excited to be working alongside Darrell Brown to present workshops to couples at The Sound Temple in the Perth Hills.