Reproductive, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Counselling
- Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad and/or tearful?
- Are you and your partner experiencing difficulties in your relationship?
- Are you wondering if this is how motherhood is supposed to feel?
I provide counselling and emotional support to women and their partners through conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Through a compassionate, non-judgmental approach, you will be able to explore and resolve any personal distress and make sense of the feelings you are struggling with. From infertility to parenthood, the various obstacles and emotions can take a toll on our mental health, self-esteem, physical health, our relationships, and day to day functioning. My approach will be tailored fit to meet your needs while focusing on encouragement through your current life transition, promoting self-care, teaching emotion regulation, and coping techniques.
As you venture towards the next stage in your life, you may be faced with challenges that are causing you pain and stress. As you navigate your way through various decisions, guilt, blame, regret and move towards acceptance and transition, I can help. Speaking with a skilled, gentle, compassionate counselor can help alleviate the strain on yourself and your relationship.
Perinatal and Postpartum
1 in 6 women experience significant depression and/or anxiety in relation to pregnancy and childbirth, or after the birth or adoption of a baby.
1 in 10 men experience depression and/or anxiety following the birth or adoption of a baby.
Unlike the “baby blues” which typically goes away after the first couple of weeks of having a baby, postpartum depression can last for months. Postpartum depression and anxiety can be a tremendously stressful time for a family. Onset of postpartum depression may be during pregnancy, shortly after the arrival of a new baby, or many months later. It is often characterized by:
- emotional instability
- feelings of hopelessness
- difficulty concentrating
- loss of appetite
- anxious and/or intrusive thoughts
- feelings of inadequacy
- an inability to cope
- loss of pleasure in everyday things
The sooner you get treated for these symptoms, the sooner you’ll feel better, increase your attachment and enjoy your baby. It is important to know that you are not alone. As an experienced clinician and a trained counselor with the support model through the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, I will teach you tried and true skills and techniques to help alleviate some of your symptoms and move towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.
I will also provide you with information and resources to help you understand what is going on with you and your baby to help you make healthy and reconstructive choices.