What’s in a name?
The pleasure of naming our practice was a similar experience to naming a baby.
Bristish paediatrician and psychoanalyst Dr Winnicott sprang to my mind. Dr Winnicott said, ‘There is no such thing as a baby … if you set out to describe a baby, you will find you are describing a baby and someone.’ I strongly believe any holistic care for an infant, child or adolescent is achievable only with the involvement of their family or other systems supporting them.
The vision and goal for our practice is family-centred care. Complete understanding of the concerns of any infant, child or adolescent is possible only when understanding variable factors. These are not just cross-sectional but are also a series of embedded, evolving and dynamic exchanges over time between the child, parents, family, neighbourhood, school and broader societal and cultural contexts.
As I thought about families, I recalled joyful sightings of pods of dolphins off the beautiful northern New South Wales coast. Dolphins are incredible. They are intelligent, joyful and playful creatures that share many emotional similarities with humans. Dolphins interact with one another, swim together, protect each other and hunt for food as a team – not unlike our human tribes of the not-so-distant past!
Like dolphins, human babies, children, adolescents and adults are unique, and we are all in need of our tribes to protect ourselves, like the pods of dolphins. I was fascinated to learn that dolphins can communicate by using a range of sounds. This all reminded me of how human babies are born to connect. They need their human tribe to protect them right from the beginning and nourish them emotionally and physically so they can live their lives to their full potential. Young children need support right from their birth to help them build their social-emotional skills. It’s a lifelong journey for the whole family. So the name “Dolphin Tribe” was born!
We all have our challenges as a family, and we hope Dolphin Tribe will be able to support the emotional wellbeing of your infant or child by supporting your family.
*The credit for this explanation goes to my (Dr Makielan) young patients who have asked me, ‘why “Dolphin Tribe”?’
Our location is easily accessible from most parts of Sydney and Central Coast.