Time to Talk
As a licensed Social Worker I specialise in supporting parents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, and emotional discord. I have spent the last 15 years specialising in children and family work, attachment and bonding, and trauma recovery. Using a mixed-methods approach with my clients, drawing on both counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches, my approach is often systemic and supports clients to find their own solutions, recognising that the client is the expert in their own life.
You may have felt the way you are for a long time and be longing to find a way to feel happier and more like your old self, or you may have been through a big change or experienced a loss more recently and be looking for support whilst you go through this.
Perinatal Mental Health
The term perinatal refers to during pregnancy and up to one year after birth.
Becoming a new parent can throw up all sorts of emotions, brought about by the physiological and hormonal changes in the body, sleep deprivation, stress caused by responsibility, loss of old life and the significant change in life in becoming a parent. Difficult thoughts and feelings can begin during pregnancy and continue post-birth, and can include the resurfacing of emotions and traumatic experiences earlier in life.
You do not need a diagnosis of Postnatal/ Postpartum illness from a doctor to seek support. For women who have experienced difficult pregnancies, a traumatic birth, adoption processes, or a rocky start to motherhood it is important to be able to talk about this in a safe and supportive environment. Equally, for fathers and partners, the pressures and sleep deprivation that can come with a new child can be incredibly challenging. I offer support to both parents and will always recommend other specialists if I feel it is appropriate.
Simply taking time to talk about what you are experiencing and normalising these feelings can help you to gain insight and control to feel better and begin to enjoy parenthood more.