Infant Mental Health – Vivian Jarrett

Vivian Jarrett    Quals: B Psych (hons), GCert Res Com, MAPS, MAICD

Infant Mental Health: Infants can experience mental health problems, especially when family members have had a history of mental health issues. There can be a biological risk of conditions like depression and your GP is unlikely to give your baby a mental health plan if you baby cries, doesn’t sleep, has poor eating behaviours.  In the first 2 years mothers are at particular risk of becoming burnout if their infant is very difficult, has temper tantrums often and won’t eat easily. There are other issues such as health conditions, operations, undiagnosed symptoms that complicate treatment. Other complications can occur with twins or many births close together. In particular the couple’s relationship will undergo severe stress during this period of time and often not recover till later when children start school.

Counselling Approach:  I prefer to see mothers as the primary client and I ask them to bring their baby for face to face consultations. My strategy is to work through the parenting issues and stress first to see if the infant is reacting to the environment. Parent child interaction therapy is a term that describes observing how parents and children interact. Sometimes parents can be overly anxious/fearful which impacts the relationship with their child. Parents may or may not have a mental health issue themselves but may be at risk of developing one if things continue to be out of control. Sometimes gaining more social support, delaying a start back to work, and gaining more knowledge from medical specialists and allied health professionals can become part of the strategy.

Current Availability: Appointments are available week days and after hours. Limited availability at Loganholme.

Fees: $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply. Bartercard clients are welcome.

Practice Location:

Vivian-Jarrett-PsychMt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.
Loganholme – Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.


Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online.
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now.