Julie King

    Julie King is a Brisbane Psychologist and a Masters’ qualified and trained Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Clinician who has worked with children, adolescents, and their parents in both the public and private sector for 40 years. A decade in Child Protection and over 25 years in Infant Child & Adolescent Mental Health in a marginalised community motivated Julie’s passion for interrupting the cycle of transgenerational trauma. Julie began specialising in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health in 2003 when she joined a multidisciplinary Infant Mental Health home visiting service. It included experiential learning, training, case conferencing and psychodynamic reflective supervision which often included video analysis. Outreach work with adolescent mothers was part of Julie’s role.

    Concurrently (and subsequently), Julie trained in multiple specific infant and perinatal interventions and assessments including Child Parent Psychotherapy. Julie has a systemic lens and is experienced in working therapeutically with all family members (including dads and siblings).

    Julie’s experience with infants and children’s early development informs her work with parents with a history of childhood trauma or loss. Julie is experienced in trauma work with all ages- including birth trauma and infant trauma. Julie is a keen advocate of the benefits of EMDR in the PIMH space and especially values its focus on the mind/body connection and the significance of preverbal memories of distressing interactions leading to attachment wounds during infancy and childhood and EMDR’s capacity to heal these wounds.

    Julie enjoys sharing the treasure of infant mental health wisdom with new families and other perinatal and infant colleagues. She has presented at many conferences (including WAIHM 2021) and MHPNs.

    Julie provides individual reflective PIMH supervision and Group PIMH Reflective supervision. She encourages the use of specific infant mental health concepts and micro-skills where relevant.

    Julie is a Co-creator and Facilitator of the Bearing the Unbearable Perinatal Loss Workshop.

    Julie’s own clinical work and the supervision she offers is informed by extensive and ongoing training and experience in attachment, trauma, grief, mindfulness, neuroscience, and compassion focussed therapy, family therapy and play therapy. She loves integrating all these approaches to maximize the best outcomes.

    Julie habitually uses a dual trauma and attachment lens to assess and formulate case presentations.  She loves encouraging the development of a deep comprehensive case formulation that considers the full range of biopsychosocial contributing factors and finding creative ways of intervening with each unique family to maximize parental healing and optimum developmental trajectories for infants.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Birth Trauma
    • Perinatal Loss
    • Perinatal depression and anxiety
    • Premature Birth
    • Enhancing & repairing Parent-infant attachment
    • Resolving Infant emotional difficulties & infant trauma
    • Enhancing Toddlers’ emotional development
    • Interrupting the cycle of transgenerational trauma
    • Integrating EMDR in Perinatal & Infant presentations
    • Reflective PIMH supervision that enhances supervisees own self- awareness and professional development in their role
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