Are You Having A Hard Time Caring For Your New Baby?
Do you feel you are not bonding with your baby? Is it sometimes difficult to find the motivation to care for your infant child? Are you missing your pre-baby lifestyle or finding it hard to adjust to your new role as mother? Perhaps you think you fall short on how a new mother should act.
Are you struggling with loneliness or missing your family, old friends, or co-workers because of the isolating nature of motherhood? Are you stuck in a loop of guilt and hopelessness and find yourself feeling tearful, irritable, anxious, or depressed often? Perhaps you want to ask for help but are ashamed to reach out to others because you think they may be judgmental or critical.
Constantly focusing and caring for your baby’s needs can be emotionally exhausting. You may find yourself lacking focus and sleep-deprived all the time. And if you are having trouble keeping up with all your new responsibilities and self-care simultaneously, you may be worried about the physical changes to your body after delivery. You could be wondering if your body will ever be the same as before or why other moms look amazing after birth and you do not?
Are you looking for compassionate, empathetic support for managing your emotions and learning how to enjoy and embrace motherhood?
It Is Normal To Feel Overwhelmed After Giving Birth
Being a mom is challenging, and it is common for some women to feel afraid, exhausted, and emotionally drained. Eighty percent of new mothers feel down after giving birth, and one in five experience some degree of postpartum depression. *
What is normally called the ‘baby blues’ usually lasts about two weeks, however, postpartum depression lasts longer and is more intense. And it may cause you to constantly feel sad, hopeless, anxious, or disconnected from your baby for weeks or months.
Depression and postpartum issues are not signs of weakness, and they do not make you a bad mom.
Those challenges may have developed as a result of changes in hormonal levels or physical challenges, such as pain after the delivery or increased stress about caring for a new baby.
Perhaps, even though you know you could use support, you are too afraid to ask for help because it may be difficult to admit you need it or you are afraid others might think you are a failure.
Fortunately, a trained postpartum support therapist can help you start feeling like yourself again, so you can connect with, care for, and enjoy your new baby.
Find Validation And Support With Postpartum Therapy
I strive to provide a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental environment where you feel comfortable sharing your feelings and frustrations. Understanding that it is OK for you to ask for help is an important step toward relieving stress, physical and emotional distress, or any guilt you may have about how you are feeling.
We will work on helping you acknowledge and accept that what you are going through is common for new moms. This is going to set the groundwork that will allow us to develop coping skills so that you can start feeling supported and validated. Your postpartum symptoms are not who you are, but rather normal reactions to having a new baby.
This is going to help us better understand your challenges
My therapeutic approach is based on the psychoeducation model, which is going to help us better understand your challenges. This will also allow us to identify your areas of strength so that you can begin to feel more in control of your situations. Psychoeducation includes a broad range of activities and supportive interventions, such as meditation, journaling, and making time for self-care that can help you to adjust to your new role as a mom. And you will be able to work toward maintaining a healthier mental and emotional well-being along your journey.
My approach to therapy for women who are struggling with postpartum symptoms is less about interventions and modalities and more about connecting in a non-judgmental, open, and warm environment. I strive to offer an accepting and empathetic ear to women in distress.
I started my practice in 2009 and have been specializing in pregnancy and postpartum since 2012. I have completed a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder certificate from Postpartum Support International, and I have trained with Karen Kleiman at The Postpartum Stress Center. I also draw from my personal experience with postpartum and perinatal depression.
I am a mother of three children and during my challenging times after birth, I did not have access to the resources and support that is available today. With my help, you can learn to manage your postpartum issues, start bonding with your baby, and enjoy your new life.
You May Have Concerns
About Postpartum Therapy…
“I feel ashamed to admit I need help.”
Shame can get in the way of recovery and well-being. You may fear the stigma surrounding postpartum depression, and this can prevent you from seeking support. You might think you need to look good, be on the top of your game as a parent, and feel your best all the time after having a baby. But I am here to tell you that you do not. Motherhood is tough, and there is no shame in seeking help and support for you and your baby. It takes a village to raise a child, and along the way, you deserve to be happy and healthy.
“I do not know if I can afford therapy.”
Therapy can give you a safe place to work through your challenges and provide you with the skills to help you cope in a sustainable and healthy way. The earliest attachments a child makes are the most important emotional bonds they have. The emotional connection they experience now could very well influence the relationships they have in the future so investing in therapy is investing in the lifelong health of your child.
If you are experiencing signs of postpartum depression or issues, such as anxiety, depression, or challenges with anger management, do not allow cost to be a factor in getting professional help. You and your baby deserve the joy of bonding that comes with motherhood.
“I do not know if I have time to attend therapy.”
Your emotional health is as important as your physical well-being. If you are looking at this page, you are probably exhausted from having to juggle everything at once. Trying to find a sitter for your child is probably the last thing you need on your plate. So if childcare is an obstacle, I am more than happy to meet with you and your infant.
If you are experiencing signs of postpartum depression or issues, such as anxiety, depression…
Therapy can give you a safe place to work through your challenges and provide you with the skills to help you cope in a sustainable and healthy way.