Therapy for Perinatal Health

Perinatal mental health encompasses many concerns that are surrounded by what your idea of what you want your family to look like. You may find yourself feeling like you need more support, questioning what steps to take, and facing unforeseen changes that you are emotionally unprepared for. Feelings of anxiety, loneliness, frustration, and depression can become overwhelming. As a result, this can easily impact how you feel about yourself, and your perception of the strength of your relationships you have with your friends and loved ones.

Along your journey you may need comfort and help with:

  • Miscarriage, infant or reproductive loss
  • NICU Stays
  • Pregnancy Termination
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Infertility Treatment
  • Pregnancy & Birth Trauma
  • Feeding & Maternal-Infant Bonding
  • Work-life integration/Postpartum Return to Work

Sometimes you need guidance with finding the words to describe your emotions. Space to say what’s on your mind without judgement, re-discovering your identity, and mending your traumas are common needs too. Wherever you see yourself on this journey, your story is personal and it’s okay to find yourself needing to connect with a source of support where your most sensitive thoughts can be safely shared and understood. Most of all, you’ll have a space where you feel like you matter, and can begin a healthy healing process.

Therapists who have extensive education and training in perinatal disorders and reproductive concerns, understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating perinatal symptoms.

Common symptoms include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a parent in the first place
  • Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
  • Not feeling connected with the baby
  • Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
  • Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
  • Low desire to have sex
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
  • Fear of pregnancy after loss
  • Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
  • Being constantly in a state of worry

Here’s what therapy can do for you: 

  • Support you in feeling like yourself again
  • Help you develop healthy coping skills
  • Use mindfulness to create a sense of calm
  • Normalize your feelings
  • Support you in forming a stronger sense of compassion for yourself
  • Provide you with a space to freely share things you believe others would judge you for in other spaces
  • Validate your thoughts, feelings & experiences
  • Guide you with forming a renewed identity as you strengthen your self-concept

If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me. Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that make you feel disconnected or even lost, and create a strategy for moving forward. Contact me today to see how I can help.