One of my therapeutic specializations is in the area of support for the multi-stages of family planning. If you've decided to have children and are having a tough time with conception, pregnancy, parenting, or are experiencing baby blues, postpartum depression/anxiety (PPD/PPA), you've come to the right place - I can help.
Once you've decided you're ready to have children, most of us want to get going right away! How painful it can be when that excited and hopeful anticipation is met with the realities of struggling to conceive. Whether or not you're dealing with a medical reason for infertility or things are mysteriously not working the way you expect, it can be an incredibly taxing emotional experience on you, your partner, and your relationship. I've heard it repeated over and over again, "I'm supposed to relax and de-stress to create the best environment for fertility to occur but how am I supposed to do that when I'm so desperately anxious for it to work?!" Therapy can help. Together we'll work towards helping you to gain perspective, live in the present even as you hope for the future, and keep your relationship with your partner strong so that you can effectively lean on each other for support whatever may happen.
Is pregnancy not quite what you expected? Are you overwhelmed by anxieties about miscarriage, how many kicks you've felt in the last hour, identity, career, and marital changes, labor and delivery, being a perfect mom, shedding the baby weight,...? The list of things to worry about during pregnancy can feel never-ending but you may feel that you don't have much of an outlet to express your fears which can lead to feeling pretty darn alone in the dark. Depression, anxiety, mental fogginess, identity confusion, physical pains and discomforts, as well as the myriad ways your body changes and feels more and more foreign are not uncommon during pregnancy, but rarely are they discussed. Instead, many mamas silently panic inside while well-meaning others coo and awe over your burgeoning belly. I offer individual counseling for struggling moms-to-be as well as a support group, "Pregnancy and Post-Partum Stress Support." I have partnered with Lindsay Lincoln, a certified coach specializing in maternal health, and The Breastfeeding Center of Greater Washington to offer this group. For more information, click the button below!
New Parent Support
Becoming a parent is one of the most joyous, breathtaking, and exciting adventures you will ever partake in, but it sure ain't easy and it may not actually feel all that joyous or breathtaking or exciting! New moms are often dealing with major hormonal changes, recovering from the rigors of labor and delivery, figuring out breast or bottle feeding, all while attempting to get more than two hours of sleep at a time - it's enough to make anyone lose it! With the right support from friends, family, and professionals, things may begin to settle down - anxieties lessen and a new system that works is born. Other times, the sense of being overwhelmed starts to become intolerable - affecting relationships, self-identity, and you may develop conflicting emotions regarding parenthood. The list of things to worry about as a parent can feel never-ending while the internal and external pressure to do it all (and look good doing it) is overwhelming and terrifying. As a parent, I've experienced the challenges of adjusting to life after baby. In our work together, you'll learn how to calm the anxieties, be kind to yourself, and stay connected with your partner.