Every pregnancy is different, and every woman experiences pregnancy in her own unique way. It can cause unexpected emotions and old issues to surface, and having someone to help you process them is important. I offer counseling for depression and anxiety during pregnancy, as well as more general counseling and support
If you anticipate needing postpartum support, it’s best to begin meeting during pregnancy. The goal is to connect and start building the therapeutic relationship, making it easier to continue our work together after the baby is born. We can collaborate to identify your risk factors for postpartum mental health issues, and create a plan for your care and support. The plan can include pre-scheduled sessions soon after birth, in your home or in the office.
I provide counseling for perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety. I can also support you in bonding with your baby, processing your birth story, and adjusting to life with a newborn.
Sometimes there are other issues that make parenting your baby more challenging. Is your baby “colicky,” or seem more intense than other babies? Do they need to be constantly held, and rocked to sleep? Are they having nursing issues, and/or you’re needing to eliminate foods from your diet? All of the above?! I’ve been there, and some of the most rewarding work I’ve done has been with moms of high-needs babies/toddlers/kids.
My focus is on attachment-based parenting from pregnancy to about 5 years old. These years are so vital, and also the time we're finding our footing as parents. I can help you learn to navigate the challenges of connected parenting in an increasingly disconnected world. I love working with parents who have chosen this path for their family. It takes more effort to parent with thoughtful intention, and we all need support!
The “baby blues” affect up to 80% of new moms, and 15-20% will experience postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety (PPA).
Some symptoms to look out for include:
Feeling sad, anxious, or irritable
Having disturbances in your appetite or sleep
Feeling like you shouldn’t have become a mother
Having trouble bonding with your baby
I encourage you to take the next step. Schedule a free consultation to see if we're a good fit!