counseling for the postpartum period and beyond
You dreamed of becoming a mother. And while you wouldn’t trade it, you are surprised by your experience of motherhood. Maybe it’s constant worry or intrusive thoughts. Maybe it’s feeling so lonely despite the fact that you never have a moment to yourself. Or perhaps you feel irritable or have ongoing communication challenges with your spouse. Motherhood presents you with many challenges and counseling can help.
Anxiety and depression
The worry is constant. You worry about things going wrong all the time. It seems like your mind is constantly occupied with one concern or another. It interferes with your sleep or even if you have the chance to rest you can’t be still enough to be calm.
Is it hard to think of what would even make you happy? You remember enjoying things, but even the idea of participating in the activities that once made you laugh now seem like a chore. While you knew life would change in motherhood, you had no idea it would rob you of all the happiness you once experienced.
While motherhood certainly changes your brain and the importance of your children, counseling can help you find ways to decrease the intensity and frequency of your anxiety and know how to manage it when anxiety does occur.
You + baby = ?
You desperately wanted to be a mom. Maybe your road to motherhood included fertility treatments, adoption, miscarriages along the way, or other massive amounts of effort to become a mom. But just because you worked so hard to become a mom doesn’t mean the rest of it comes easy.
I WORK WITH WOMEN WHO ARE:
feeling overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood
feeling lonely, even though you are never by yourself
needing more support from your partner, but not getting it
strengthening bonding with your baby and secure attachment
making decisions about when, how and whether to return to work
feeling uncomfortable with the idea of leaving the baby with anyone else (even your partner)
experiencing uncomfortable and unpredictable mood swings
missing “who you used to be”
managing other life transitions
wanting individualized support for your unique situation
Counseling for couples in parenthood
Before you were a family, you were a couple. You fell in love. You had fun. You laughed and played and share so many things you enjoyed. You knew once you became parents there wouldn’t be as much time for all of those things. But you had no idea it would be like this.
You love your spouse, but notice you become much more easily irritated than you did before. Maybe you have differences of opinions about how to care for your child. Maybe you feel like too much of the responsibility falls on your shoulders. But whatever the challenge, you can’t figure out how to communicate about it.
You want to share this stage of life with your partner. You anticipated parenthood might present some challenges, but you didn’t know you’d feel so alone in this journey even though you’re sharing it with someone else.
Whether you participate in counseling together, or on your own, counseling can give you new skills to bring back to your relationship to create meaningful change in how you communicate and relate for understanding and connection.