The transition into motherhood can be both joyful and jarring at the same time. In addition to the massive undertaking that it is to learn to care for a tiny human, there is the total upheaval of your identity and to contend with. The toll having a new baby can take on your body, mind and spirit can be overwhelming and difficult to sort through. If you are feeling highly anxious or unusually down* about this—if you just don’t feel like yourself—I can help. Together we will explore the way your expectations about motherhood might not be meeting your reality. We will create a treatment plan that emphasizes practical tools for self-care while connecting you with resources that bolster a sense of community and wellness.
The physical, hormonal and emotional implications of pregnancy are nothing to be taken lightly. Whether you feel ambivalent about the choice to become pregnant or are in the throes of pregnancy itself: facing a whole new set of dreams, fears and feelings about what’s to come, I can help. We will sort through the ways your thoughts and physical experience of pregnancy are impacting the way you are currently functioning and equip you with tools to enter this transformative life experience with a centered frame of mind and empowered birth and postpartum plans.
The process to become pregnant isn’t simple and straightforward for every woman. In fact, it can be downright heartbreaking when it’s not happening naturally. Whether you are having trouble getting or staying pregnant or have already begun treatment through assisted reproductive technology, the journey of infertility can take a heavy toll on your psyche, relationship and body image. I create a safe, nurturing container to not only process what you’re experiencing but help you cultivate a positive, grounded headspace that’s critical to scaling this mountain.
As a mom with two young children, I understand both personally and professionally what it means to juggle two roles. If you are struggling with the balance, feel pulled to make a change in one role or the other but feel confused or anxious about this choice, I can help. We will delve to the core of what you really want and what you realistically need to take care of your family while looking at the other voices in your life--the messages you’ve received from your family of origin and in society--that may be influencing your feelings.
*I am certified through Postpartum Support International to work with Perinatal Mood Disorders including Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. The “Perinatal” Period is the entire time frame from pregnancy through the first year after giving birth.