Katie Parker:  Perinatal Counselling & Parenting Support

Counselling & Parenting Support

I provide counselling, sleep support and parent mentoring to individuals and couples.


I have more than 16 years of experience as a social worker and have completed additional training in perinatal and infant mental health, perinatal loss, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Neuroprotective Developmental Care (also known as the Possums Programs), Motherhood Studies and Aware Parenting.


  • $160 per hour ($95.90 with rebate*)

  • Six session package: $800


*You may be able to claim a Medicare rebate for up to three sessions if you are currently pregnant or have been pregnant in the preceding 12 months. See below for further details.

I support families during pregnancy, after birth and with parenting young children. Some reasons you may want to book a session with me include: 

  • Preparing for postpartum and parenthood

  • Fear/anxiety during pregnancy

  • Postpartum planning

  • Birth debriefing

  • Birth trauma

  • Adjusting to parenthood

  • Transitioning from one to two (or more) children

  • Low mood and anxious thoughts

  • Diagnosed anxiety and depression

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Maternal guilt and anger

  • Pregnancy and infant loss

  • Pregnancy after loss

  • Infant/toddler sleep

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Self-care 

  • Challenges with toddler/child behaviour

Parenting and Motherhood Support

Some other ways I can support you in your parenting and your experience of motherhood include:

  • Challenging beliefs and assumptions about what it means to be a ‘good’ mother

  • Changes to your identity and sense of self / the feeling of having 'lost' yourself in motherhood 

  • Supporting you through your matrescence (the process of becoming a mother)

  • Examining the impact social conditioning has on how you perceive yourself, your child and the relationship between you

  • Exploring how past childhood experiences may be impacting on your parenting

  • Providing information about child brain development and emotion regulation

  • Supporting you to build a more connected and respectful relationship with your child while maintaining boundaries

  • Equipping you with practical tools for eliciting more cooperation from your child as well as managing anger and aggression in your child

  • Supporting you to better respond to and hold space for your child’s emotions

  • Resourcing yourself so that you have more capacity to parent in the way you want to

  • Bringing more joy to your motherhood experience

Non-directive pregnancy support counselling

What is it?

Non-directive pregnancy support counselling is a form of counselling based on the understanding that, in many situations, people can resolve their own problems without being provided with a solution by the counsellor.

The service involves the counsellor undertaking a safe, confidential process that helps the client explore concerns they have about a pregnancy or postnatal issue. This includes providing unbiased, evidence-based information about all options and services available to the client, where requested. 

The MBS item number is 81005 – services provided by an Accredited Social Worker.


Who can access it?

Any person can access counselling sessions with me. However, to claim the Medicare rebate you need to either be pregnant, or have been pregnant in the preceding 12 months. This includes women who have experienced pregnancy loss.


How much does it cost?

The full fee for a one hour counselling session is $160.


The Medicare rebate is $64.70, therefore the out of pocket fee for each session with the rebate is $95.30.


For how many sessions can a rebate be claimed?

You can claim a rebate for up to three sessions per pregnancy.


Is a GP referral needed?

Yes, if you want to claim the Medicare rebate for up to three sessions you need a GP referral. Otherwise the full fee of $160 per one hour session is payable.

Please note: I cannot accept Mental Health Treatment Plans.


What does the GP need to write on the referral?

  1. Their provider number

  2. Your name

  3. A request for non-directive pregnancy support counselling

  4. Any relevant clinical information


Can I bring my partner?

An eligible person’s partner may attend counselling sessions, however, only one fee applies to each service.


Where are the counselling sessions?

Sessions can be online by Telehealth or in person at the Warragul Wellness Centre.

How do I book?

You can book here.

What’s the difference between non-directive pregnancy support counselling and perinatal counselling?

I use the terms fairly inter-changeably, however non-directive pregnancy support counselling is the official name of the service you can claim a Medicare rebate for. Perinatal refers to the period from conception, through to 12 months post birth and it’s the more general term I use that’s not such a mouthful.