Supporting women's mental health to overcome and thrive while navigating motherhood.
Life transitions can be daunting, especially if you go from being reasonably busy (professionally, physically or socially) to having trouble getting out of the house with a baby or small child (and all the 'stuff' that goes with them). Perhaps you have gone the opposite way and become so involved in being mum that you've lost a bit of your own identity in the process. We can talk about this in counselling with an aim to understand and resolve some of the issues these adjustments present.
It's not uncommon for mums to begin to feel overwhelmed /stressed out/ anxious and it doesn't take much to push us to the edge. As mums, others' needs come before ours and generally this is ok - until it's not. It's important that amongst the hectic lifestyle or the chaotic home that not only do we develop a kindness towards our child but importantly towards ourselves. Counselling can help you listen to that internal nurturing voice.
Each year about 30,000 women experience some form of birth trauma. This can range from having a traumatic birth and finding it emotionally difficult to come to terms with, or to PTSD from the birth causing hypervigilance around the subject, guilt or intrusive memories of the event. The NHS recommends therapy as the first form of treatment. Together we can overcome and understand your experience.
Are you struggling to bond with your baby?, or having difficulty finding the joy that everyone says should come naturally?, or maybe finding yourself worrying excessively and having negative thoughts? You are not alone - 10 -15 % of women become depressed after having a baby and counselling can help you. Let's talk about it as therapy is proven to make a difference.
Often the pain of miscarriage is not spoken about or acknowledged even though 1 in 5 pregnancies end this way. there is almost an expectation of women to just accept it and move on without acknowledging the sense of loss they feel both individually and for their family. I provide counselling for women so they can express their pain and sorrow, allowing them time and space to grieve.
Feeling exhausted both emotionally and physically? So much so that you're beginning to distance yourself from your child? Feeling like you're failing at parenting? Let's talk in therapy about what makes a good or bad mum, what's realistic for mums and how to accept help from others. Together we can explore ways of re-energising you and reigniting your bond.