Counseling for New Parents
About 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 birthing people experience what is known as a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder or (PMAD). While this is one of the leading complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period, the symptoms are treatable! With help this will get better.
I am passionate about treating PMADS and have earned my Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International (PSI). This certification shows that I have the extensive training and experience to treat PMADS. Healthy parents = healthy families.
For new parents, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about parenthood that don’t seem “right.” It’s important to know that you’re not alone, you’re not to blame, and with help this gets better.
Often parents are already trying everything they can to feel better. There is no need to “white knuckle” through this period. I am here to walk beside you as you navigate this new and complex phase of life.
Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.
Common postpartum 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 “bonded” with the baby
- Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
- Experiencing thoughts that are scary or concerning to you
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Irritability or rage
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
- Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
- Being constantly in a state of worry
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation. Contact me today to see how I can help.