Psychotherapy:

 

Therapy typically consists of weekly sessions. After taking a history and creating a treatment plan we will determine your therapy goals. This will become an evolving "map" that will help us to stay on track. I typically begin with self-regulation strategies to help prepare for more in-depth work. Learning how to self-regulate is essential to handling stress of all kinds. I work with clients to develop tools for emotion-regulation such as relaxation training, distress-tolerance skills, progressive muscle relaxation, self-talk, sensory-based strategies, and imagery techniques. We will also work together to identify self-defeating beliefs about yourself and others that may be interfering with your relationships.  We will approach these interpersonal patterns through understanding and change. 

Maternal Mental Health

For pregnant or postpartum clients, I provide consultation, solution-focused and more ongoing supportive psychotherapy. Postpartum depression affects around 7-10% of mothers. There are many biological, psychological and social factors that influence this. For all women, becoming a mother is a role transition that can bring up psychological issues for the first time or cause existing issues to worsen.  Our own unmet emotional needs can complicate our feelings about parenthood and make the responsibilities of raising a baby feel very difficult.  I try to approach each mother's experience as unique and listen closely for her personal narrative.

 

Some of the issues postpartum psychotherapy can address are: improving support systems and relationships with family members, communication patterns, getting sleep, anxiety and depression, and decisions around breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is an issue that can be very upsetting when it doesn't go as planned.  Therapy can help mothers process these feelings and come to the best resolution for their whole family. With a background in lactation education, I understand the complexity of these decisions.