Psychotherapy:

 

Therapy typically consists of weekly sessions scheduled for a recurring time. After taking a history and creating a treatment plan together, we will determine your therapy goals and identify areas to focus on. 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.

Maternal Mental Health

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.  Unmet emotional needs can complicate feelings about parenthood and make the responsibilities of raising a baby feel even more difficult.  I try to approach each mother's experience as unique and listen closely for her personal narrative. Some of the issues postpartum work can address are improving support systems and relationships with family members, communication patterns, getting sleep, anxiety and depression, and feelings about breastfeeding. This is an issue that can be very triggering when it doesn't go as planned.  Therapy can help mothers process these feelings and come to the best resolution for their whole family.