Rebecca Cefai is the Director of Growing Gently Psychology. Rebecca is a Psychologist working in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
Rebecca has a passion for working with infants and children, as well as supporting the wellbeing of their parents and carers.
Rebecca has worked with children and families for nearly 10 years in a range of roles including as an educator in out of school hours care, school counsellor, supporting playgroups, group program facilitator, early childhood intervention therapist, and assessor. Rebecca has worked extensively with children with developmental delay and disabilities and is a strong advocate for the inclusion of all children across all settings including childcare, education, community, and mental health services.
After becoming a mother herself, Rebecca was confronted with the myriad of misinformation and conflicting advice surrounding parenthood. Rebecca reflects...
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Rebecca established Growing Gently Psychology in an effort to be an informed and positive source of information to parents which doesn't dictate how they should parent, but empowers them to make their own parenting decisions which are informed, mindful, compassionate, and value aligned.
Through Growing Gently Psychology Rebecca also aims to educate other psychologists and professionals about the gentle approach to parenting and development.
"Even years of study and work as a psychologist could not shield me from the maze of information that surrounds mothering. So much of the science that was in the back of my mind, along with my own instincts, was shoved backwards by feelings of inadequacy as a newborn mother.
I feel for parents. Regardless of our prior experiences, parenting is hard. The tonne of conflicting advice makes it hard to align what we do to what type of parent we want to be. "
A Gentle Approach
Rebecca adopts a gentle approach to parenting and development which combines the latest scientific evidence in neurodevelopment and attachment theory, with responsive parenting, acceptance-commitment therapy, compassion therapy, and mindfulness techniques. Rebecca works with a range of early childhood issues including, but not limited to, infant and child mental health, developmental concerns, early parenting, sensitivity and anxiety in children, sleep difficulties, attachment, behavioural concerns, ADHD, transition to school, and toileting. Rebecca encourages a collaborative, strengths-based and family-centred approach where parents are equipped with information and workable strategies and solutions to support them to make decisions relating to their child that are aligned with their values.
Rebecca also supports parents with the everyday challenges of parenthood, sustaining their caring role, coping with difficult thoughts and feelings, and having a child with additional needs. Rebecca seeks to provide a safe space for parents to explore the ups and downs of being a parent and be real about the challenges they face. Rebecca is focused on empowering parents to be gentle not only towards their children, but also themselves so they can be confident in their parenting role and grow with their child.
Rebecca is an NDC (Possums) accredited practitioner. The NDC, or Neuroprotective Developmental Care, approach was developed by the Possums Clinic to support parents with sleep and cry-fuss problems and offer them an evidence-based alternative to mainstream sleep training practices.