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For Melissa’s entire professional career she has worked with families and in particular women and children managing difficult life transitions and situations.

Melissa works in a holistic manner; not only does she recognise the mind body connection but also acknowledges the system in which the child or family functions, never looking at a behaviour or symptom in isolation. She supports families to embark on a more mindful parenting journey and offers individual therapy, email consultations, family therapy, parent coaching, workshops and camps.

Melissa’s passion is supporting mothers to be the best that they can be and helping them relearn to connect deeply to their motherhood intuition. Throughout her professional work and own personal motherhood experience of over 16 years, she has explored how mindfulness and motherhood are a potent blend.

Melissa brings together her professional development and experience to support mothers respond empathically and effectively to themselves and their children.

Melissa coaches parents on skills based on attachment parenting and encourages them to be mindful parents, by creating a safe place for their children to connect with them. In this way, they can be less reactive, while at the same time, create firm boundaries to keep their children safe.

In our modern, busy world, Melissa is seeing a lot of parents who feel isolated and struggle with transitions to parenthood, and then through the different stages of their children’s lives. “We don't have the same sense of community and family that we used to, which leaves parent’s feeling quite alone,” said Melissa. “I teach parents about the importance of family rituals that creating a fulfilling, safe and nurturing space for them and their children.”

Melissa Rowe received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Sociology (1998) and a Bachelor of Social Work  (2001) from Monash University before commencing work as a Social Worker.


An Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) is eligible to provide services under the following programs:

  • Better Access to Mental Health Care
  • Focused Psychological Strategies
  • Chronic Diseases Management (Enhanced Primary Care)


Melissa has worked in the treatment of the following

  • Assessment, intervention, treatment and support, including therapy to individuals, their families/carers and groups with mental health disorders
  • Mental State Examination and other relevant assessments across the range of presentations and lifespan
  • Evidence-based therapeutic treatments
  • Bereavement, grief and loss counselling
  • Family/parent–child interventions, including evidence-based family interventions
  • Relationship counselling
  • Therapeutic and psycho-educational group programs
  • Assessment and treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse
  • Facilitating access to information, services and resources

Melissa utilises evidence based psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive psychology, Solution focused therapy, Narrative therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and a strengths based approach.

Melissa approach when working with people is client centred and collaborative and is distinguished by empathy, respect and honesty.

Patients can be referred by General Practitioners. A written referral and mental health care plan is required for clients. Clients can contact the clinic and make an appointment directly. Appointments are $130. The Medicare rebate is $74.80.

Melissa also provides skills training for parents to manage:

  • Tantrums & general behaviour problems
  • Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
  • Mealtime problems and fussy eating
  • Fears and anxieties
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills and friendship issues
  • Bullying
  • Depression & Anxiety

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Psych)

Bachelor of Social Work

EMDR and MBCT Trained

Mental Health Accreditation

AASW member

Individual Sessions

Melissa offers Parent Coaching Sessions and Individual Therapy which are 50 minutes long. The out of pocket expense with a Medicare Rebate is $55.20. Video conference sessions are available at a cost of $130 AUD for the hour.

Email Consultations

If you prefer the use of email, email consultations are available. Email consultations includes two emails. Information in the emails will include specific answers to your questions with potential ideas about how to move forward and further reading in case you would like to explore the issue further. Email consultations costs $70 AUD. Email directly to melissa@mindfulmamas.com.au.

Workshops

Melissa’s workshops explore Mindful Parenting. An  immersive workshop that offers you the opportunity to understand the philosophy of mindful parenting; discover how mindful parenting impacts the mental health of you and your children, develop insight into your parenting style and its impact, learn simple ways to immediately introduce calm into your home, and take home practical mindful parenting techniques to instantly reduce conflict and deepen your connection with your children. More info - www.mindfulmamas.com.au

Camps

Mama & Son and Mama & Me Camps are a unique opportunity to connect deeply to your son or daughter on camp for the weekend. A space created especially for you to connect with each other, have fun and explore the natural stunning natural environment. A time for mothers and children to allow the outside world to fall away for a weekend. No phones, no dishes to wash, no laundry to fold. Just relax and play together. Making memories that will last a lifetime. Mamas, this weekend is a chance for you to laugh, listen, and talk with your child and get away from things that normally distract both of you. And kids, this is a chance for you to have your mamas undivided and intentional attention to deepen your connection, have fun and make memories! More info - www.mindfulmamas.com.au

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