Julie Fickel is a Midwife with a passion for supporting women and their partners. Julie has extensive experience in counselling perinatal women and has had additional training with Griffith University to provide counselling for pregnancy, parenting support, perinatal mental health (depression and anxiety), and special training in counselling for perinatal trauma.
She has worked in the health industry as a nurse for 30 years, developing skills around communication and supporting individuals and their families to cope with change, grief and loss; and fostering resilience during times of crisis and distress. She worked for Lifeline as a telephone counsellor, and group trainer for 3 years, as well as facilitated women’s recovery ministry groups while studying pastoral care.
Julie has done additional training in sex therapy to support women to discuss intimacy issues, particularly pregnancy concerns and after the birth of baby. Julie’s specialist midwifery knowledge brings a range of skills to support women:
- increase their confidence as mothers
- improve communication with their partner and baby
- explore sexual interest as opposed to arousal, in agreeing to sexual intimacy
- challenge their expectations of themselves and others
- understand physical changes post baby, practical strategies for managing each day
- postnatal depression what it looks like, how to build resilience
- “stress inoculation” and prevention of fearful or anxious reactions to trauma
- preparation and planning for positive birth experiences
Julie has trained and worked as a facilitator in women’s healing ministry through the Search for Significance program (A. Meyers), and has a Certificate 4 in Pastoral Care.
As a Christian herself, she can relate to the challenges of expressing and practising one’s faith in the sometimes complex and contradictory roles and issues we are faced with on a daily basis. As a mother and a health professional she is experienced in balancing roles, juggling time management and relationships with the joy/burden of a growing family.