About Us

Dianne Swinsburg

Clinical Child Psychologist
BPsy (Hons), MPsychol (Clin), MAPS (Clinical College), Grad Dip Nursing (Child Health)

Dianne has expertise in the treatment of emotional, behavioural and mental health issues for children, adolescents and adults. She specialises in issues such as depression, anxiety and mother-infant relationships.

I love my work as I get to join with families, children and adults to help them develop strategies to bring about change in their life. Along the way we share the hurdles and successes together!

Dianne has a particular passion for helping young children and new parents. Before becoming a psychologist, she worked for over 20 years with families as a Registered Nurse in public paediatric settings. There she developed an intimate understanding of the many challenges parents face during pregnancy, birth and beyond. She came to believe that emotional health and well-being was just as important as physical health, for both parents and their children.

Since re-training as a psychologist Dianne has dedicated much of her clinical and research work to understanding and helping parents. At the moment, in addition to working with families, Dianne is involved in research exploring the influence of emotional changes that occur for parents before and after their infant’s birth, and how this shapes the developing relationship between parents and their infant.

The relationship between a mother and her baby is such a special one. For mums, it can bring such joy and this helps us get through the sometimes messy and exhausting business of parenting a little one. For babies, the relationship is vital — it is the place where they learn so many of the foundations for later life. A disruption to the relationship can be devastating for both mothers and babies. But the good news is that healing can occur, and that it is never too late to work on strengthening and repairing the bond.

In addition to working with children and families, Dianne also has a lot of experience helping people with problems such as anxiety and depression. Before starting the Northwest Psychology Practice, Dianne worked with Professor Ron Rapee and his team at the Macquarie University Emotional Health Clinic, co-ordinating research programs and providing treatment to children with anxiety.

As a person, one of Dianne’s strengths is her caring approach. She has a genuine interest in the well-being of others and is committed to a family and client centred approach that strengthens protective factors to make individuals more resilient. She is also a mother of three and knows personally the enjoyment and challenges faced by parents today.

My key role as a psychologist is to empower people to make changes — changes that will enable them to live a more full, vital and meaningful lives. I aim to work together with my clients, with a spirit of equality and collaboration, and to establish a space where we can be authentic and honest.

 

Recent presentations and publications

  • Kasparian NA, Swinsburg D, Austin MP, Glover V, Barnett B, Badawi N, Walker K, Grant KA, Kirk E, Winlaw D, Sholler G. ‘The CHERISH Study: Examining parental responses to fetal or postnatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease and subsequent infant developmental outcomes’. Australasian Marce Society Conference Proceedings, 10-12 October 2013, Melbourne.
  • Kasparian NA, Swinsburg D. ‘To cure and to care: The science and practice of psychological care in paediatric heart centres’. UNSW Peadiatric Research Showcase, 15 November 2013, Sydney.
  • Kasparian NA, Swinsburg D, Austin MP, Glover V, Barnett B, Badawi N, Walker K, Grant KA, Kirk E, Winlaw D, Sholler G. ‘Medical trauma in infants and families: Parental responses to fetal or postnatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease and subsequent infant developmental outcomes (The CHERISH Study)’. International Childhood Trauma Conference, 4-8 August 2014, Melbourne.
  • Kasparian NA, Swinsburg D, Austin MP, Glover V, Barnett B, Badawi N, Walker K, Grant KA, Kirk E, Winlaw D, Sholler G. ‘Cherish study: An update’. Attachment Research and Clinical Interest Group, 22 November 2013, Sydney.
  • Kasparian NA, Swinsburg D, Austin MP, Glover V, Barnett B, Badawi N, Walker K, Grant KA, Kirk E, Winlaw D, Sholler G. ‘CHERISH Study: Examining parental responses to fetal or postnatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease and subsequent infant developmental outcomes’. Royal Hospital for Women Research Group, 23 April 2014, Sydney.

Recent continuing education

  • April 2014: ‘Therapeutic approaches to the grieving process’. Presented by Dr Chien Gooi.
  • April 2014: ‘ACT for children and young people’. Presented by Karen Hancock.
  • August 2014:  International Childhood Trauma Conference, Melbourne.
  • August 2014: Australian Centre for Perinatal Science Symposium, Sydney.
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Consultation hours

Dianne is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) – Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma Nursing (Child Health) – University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psych) (Hons) – Macquarie University

Professional memberships

  • Fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
  • Member of the Australian Centre for Perinatal Science (ACPS)
  • Member of the Attachment Clinical Research Interest Group (ACRIG)
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Dianne is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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