Jaime Malone, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International
For so long you looked forward to being a mother. But you had no idea how intense it would be. You had no idea by adding something so precious to your life, you’d feel like you were simultaneously loosing so much. Maybe somedays this means loosing sleep or time for activities you enjoyed. Other days it might feel like your sanity is at risk of being lost.
I can help you in your unique needs, challenges, and goals of this stage of life. Whether it’s exploring adverse childhood experiences motherhood has brought to the surface for you, or learning how to calm your mind and body, we will work collaboratively to determine what counseling can provide you.
I have spent my professional career in Maternal and Child Health, with a foundation in Public Health as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. Here is where I first understood “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” has true health implications. When we care for the health of a mom, we promote the health of an entire family. In counseling, many women share with me they are concerned they are being “selfish” when they do something that takes care of themselves. Do you feel guilty if you prioritize exercising, spending time with friends, or returning to work? If so, I invite you to think about how being self-aware sustains you for the marathon of motherhood!
My Masters in Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University equipped me with skills to help promote meaningful change in your life. People sometimes ask with curiosity, “how does talking about things help?” Counseling is a supportive relationship where I come to understand things from your perspective, and then gently challenge you to consider new ways of thinking (which in turn transforms your feelings) and relating. As I like to say, “insight is good, but insight with action is better.” So the magic of counseling is what you do differently in between our sessions, that’s where the transformation occurs.
The past seventeen years I have been so very fortunate to provide counseling services to children, mothers and families either adjusting to major life events or trying to create change in their lives to improve mood and relationships.
Oh, and I’m a mom, too. I share that because we all have unique experiences of motherhood: what aggravates us and what energizes us, what our hopes and worries are, what our strengths are and our prioritizes. However, we can all connect in motherhood because we all have these things, even if they are different. Counseling isn’t about advice from my personal experiences, but rather helping you develop the tools you need for your journey through motherhood.