The present research in neurobiology shows that the prenatal brain begins developing in utero. Preparing for your baby's optimal health and development can begin before conception.
Preconception Counseling helps assess your physical, psychological and spiritual health. We will explore thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and family patterns while identifying your strengths, resources and challenge areas. Couple's counseling is helpful to understand each other's worlds, expectations and worries, as well as coping strategies. So you both will be ready to adjust and to support each other through the pregnancy and after your baby is born.
Support for postpartum women and their partners
While having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moment in your life, there are many expecting or new mothers (and fathers) who struggle….. they often doubt themselves, feel guilty of “not being happy” or are just confused about what is happening to them.
The hormonal changes, lack of sleep, worry about the baby’s well-being, the labor and deliver and the time when they take the baby home- all these factors contribute that some women feel overwhelmed, depressed and/or anxious. These emotions impact not only the women but their relationships with the partner and family.
As your therapist, I understand the challenges that can result from pregnancy and parenthood, and can offer you support in dealing with the symptoms, emotions and concerns. I use practical, collaborative approach to help you welcome your newborn into you family.
Few of many things you can expect when working with me:
- Use of relaxation and mindfulness approaches
- Practicing strategies to manage stress, now and in the future
- Recognize signs of anxiety and depression
- Utilize tools to manage the anxiety, worry or depression
- Improve communication with your partner
- Process emotional challenges of not being able to breastfeed
- Adjust to the transition of going back to work
- Practicing becoming confident in the connection you are building with your baby
- Determine your parenting approach and reflect how it fits in you family needs
- Help your older child(ren) adapt to the new baby
- Learn to cope with health concerns for you or your baby
How do I know when to seek help?
If you are concern about any of the following:
- Sleep deprivation
- Panicky feelings
- Being overwhelmed
- Irritability and anger with partners
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Disturbing thoughts
- Going back to work
Am I at higher risk?
While Anxiety and/or depression related to pregnancy or parenthood can happen to anyone, there are some factors that many increase the possibility of depression and anxiety in expecting or new parents:
- Complications during pregnancy, previous or existing medical problems.
- History of infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy or infant loss.
- Women who have other children at home since they might fatigue and other demands of taking care of them
- Difficult birth or unexpected outcomes (miscarriage, NICU, etc.)
- Having experiences pregnancy or postpartum depressive or anxiety in the past
- History of premenstrual mood or anxiety symptoms
- Experiences of trauma or abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Being in relationship that is not supportive, or critical
- Financial challenges and insecurities