Counseling Through Pregnancy and Birth
I love working with women who have racing minds, so that’s what I mainly focus on. Helping moms find calm in the chaos is my passion. Why? First of all, because it’s possible. By incorporating various mental health practices into your day, you can actually achieve some level of peace. Second, because I get it. My mind races, and learning to manage it for myself was such a gift that I want to give it to others. And third, by working with moms, I know that I am also helping their kids. Being a mother who knows how to take care of herself means that mom can model boundary setting, emotional self care, and general well being for her children. The ripple effect is obvious, even if it takes years to pay off.
So I’m really excited to be taking my work to the next level.
By early spring of 2021 I anticipate being certified as a Perinatal Mental Health clinician. That means I’ll have acquired the specific skills, knowledge and training to support women throughout the entire pregnancy process, from trying to conceive through the months or even years after birth.
What is a Perinatal Mood Disorder?
The clinical term being used for depression, anxiety or psychosis around a pregnancy event is “perinatal mood disorder.” It could mean the baby blues, and incredibly common sadness experienced by women soon after giving birth. It also covers postpartum depression, which has gained more recognition over the past few years. It usually refers to clinical depression in a woman after giving birth. This sort of depression makes it nearly impossible for a woman to function and in severe cases, can lead to suicide.
But there are a number of other ways that people struggle emotionally and mentally throughout the reproductive journey, not just postpartum depression. People experience the stress of infertility. The grief of lost pregnancy. The often ignored experience of partners, who also need emotional support from someone outside of the family. There is perinatal anxiety, which is similar to depression in many ways but is more focused on racing thoughts and an antsy feeling. It can also look like obsessive compulsive disorder. Some women also develop bipolar disorder, marked by dangerous manic episodes that swing suddenly into deep depressions. In rare circumstances, women in the perinatal stages have psychosis, meaning they see or hear things that others do not.
There is no reason for anyone experiencing these disorders to suffer alone. I will be working on sharing a comprehensive page of resources, and offering individual therapy to those who want it.
You are not alone, and it is not your fault.