Margie Stuchbery

Margie is a clinical psychologist with a keen interest in the issues that face men and women in relationships and in modern life. Margie understands that coming to therapy can be a vulnerable time and how important it is to find a safe, non-judgemental place that makes it possible to explore and develop insight. While Margie’s approach to therapy is grounded in attachment theory and psychodynamic therapy, she is adept at assessing the problems people bring to therapy and working with people to develop an approach that both addresses the problems and feels comfortable. Margie is an adult psychotherapist who has completed specialised training at the Anna Freud Centre in London.


  • Masters in Counselling Psychology


  • 17 years experience in the public sector, rising to Senior Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Coordinator
  • General private practice since 2006
  • Perinatal experience since 1996

Specialist Training

  • Advanced Mentalization Based Therapy (Anna Freud Centre, London)
  • Accredited ‘Watch, Wait and Wonder’ Therapist (parent-infant/child therapy)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Attachment Based Psychotherapy

Conference Presentations

  • Australian Marce Society, Melbourne, 2013. Mentalization and Motherhood. M. Stuchbery & The relationship between Borderline personality disorder and scores on the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. S. Matthey, M. Stuchbery, R. Crncec & B. Barnett.
  • St John of God and SESLHD Perinatal Seminar:  Managing high risk situations in the real world: optimising the emotional wellbeing of mothers and infants, Sydney 2013. Parent-infant Therapy: Why does it matter and how is it done? M. Stuchbery
  • Project AIR 2013 Borderline Personality Disorder Conference, Wollongong 2013. Mentalization Based Treatment for BPD. M.Stuchbery & Dr M. Daubney
  • Inaugural Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group meeting (APS). Mentalization and Motherhood, Brisbane 2013. M. Stuchbery
  •  RANZCP and AAIMH conference, Perth 2011. ‘This is what I need you to know’. M. Stuchbery & Dr D. Guy
  • The Wonder Years Conference, Karitane, Sydney, 2010. ‘Intervening in the parent-toddler relationship’. M. Stuchbery
  • International Marce Society Conference, September 2008. ‘Watching, waiting and wondering’. M. Stuchbery, Dr S. Mares, Dr M. Zilibowitz
  • International Congress on Women’s Mental health, March 2008. ‘Intervening in the mother-infant relationship during postnatal-depression’
  • Australasian Marce Society, Melbourne 2005 ‘The essential ingredient’ M.Stuchbery, Dr. R.Crncec, Prof B. Barnett & ‘Families and perinatal mood disorders: A specialist unit approach’ M. Stuchbery, Dr J. Phillips, Prof. B. Barnett
  • Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, Sydney 1997.

 Professional Affiliations

  • NSW State convenor of APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)
  • AHPRA registered, endorsed for clinical psychology
  • Australian Psychological Society Member (MAPS)
  • Member College of Clinical Psychologists

Workshops Conducted

  • Intervening in Perinatal Mood Disorders, Sydney 2009, 2011,2012
  • Parent-Infant Interaction Therapy, Karitane, Sydney 2008


  • Stuchbery, M., Matthey, S. & Barnett, B. (1998) Postnatal depression and social supports in Vietnamese, Arabic and Anglo-Celtic mothers. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 33: 483-490.
  • Playing With Your Infant: Let your infant lead the way. Stuchbery, M.
  • Stuchbery, M., Phillips, J. & Barnett, B. (2008). Jade House: A perinatal mood disorders day unit in south western Sydney. CAFHNA Journal, 19(1), 13-15.