Q & A with Jaclyn Lim, Psychologist
Updated: Feb 20
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Jaclyn Lim is a compassionate and understanding psychologist at Inlight Psychology, Bondi Junction. She works with people of all ages and life stages, beginning with perinatal work all the way to older adult work.
Jaclyn uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, balancing strategy work, problem-solving, with deeper core and relational work. She also has a strong interest in working with parents and is trained in parent-child interaction therapy, as well as other parenting strategies.
Q: What are some of your favourite areas to work in and why?
I am enjoying many aspects of the work that psychology offers and am always exploring new areas and research. Across the board, the most rewarding part of my job is the ability to work with clients in understanding how their experiences have shaped them and in making meaningful changes.
The focus of my work varies depending on the needs of the person sitting in front of me, but I do find that I have a stronger focus on relationships and family dynamics. I believe that much of what we understand of ourselves, how the world works, and how safe we feel around others can be drawn from key interpersonal interactions and early childhood experiences.
Sometimes, we do a deep dive into the past before addressing current issues, and at other times we start with the here and now. There is so much variation in the work we do and where we can start!
Q: What is it like working in perinatal and what are some of the most common issues you see?
Perinatal work offers a very rich environment in terms of the work that can be done. This can vary from briefer work in supporting a person in their adjustment to parenthood to deeper/longer term work with those who have had negative experiences of being parented themselves.
Entering parenthood and growing a family can be challenging for a lot of people. Sleep deprivation aside, it is a time of change and transformation in the physical, mental, and social sense. In some cases, having a child can trigger fears or worries stemming from our own experiences of being parented, particularly for people who may have experienced developmental or complex trauma.
The most common issues I see are postnatal depression and anxiety. This describes depression and anxiety which occurs between one month and up to 12 months after the birth of a baby. It is estimated that 1 in every 7 women who give birth each year experience postnatal depression. It also affects 1 in 10 men.
Many people I have spoken to have described a range of issues from birth trauma, not enjoying being a parent, to having a hard time keeping up with the demands of parenthood. Most commonly, there is an underlying fear of not being a 'good parent' or doing the wrong thing
Q: If someone is having difficulties throughout their pregnancy and is considering therapy, what would you say to them?
Oftentimes, pregnancy is glorified in the media and it is common to be blindsided by the drastic bodily and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy, let alone the shift in one's identity when transitioning to parenthood. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child!
Pregnancy is difficult and you are not alone. I would recommend reaching out to your GP or treating specialist to talk about your concerns and finding the right support for you.
The PANDA helpline is also a great resource (1300 726 306; https://panda.org.au). I hope that the support you access can make this a smoother ride for you
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