Perinatal Mental Health

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pregnancy and parenthood can be a time of profound change and redefinition in our bodies, emotions, and relationships. Parenthood can evoke our best, strongest selves and also our feelings of vulnerability, doubt, and frustration. Am I doing this “right”?  Why is feeding my baby so difficult?  When am I ever going to sleep again?  Why am I not enjoying my baby like I’m “supposed” to ? Why am I feeling so worried about my baby? I am having thoughts I don’t think I should be having…

Talking about your worries and concerns with a trusted mental health professional can make a significant difference in your overall health and parenting experience. Please contact me and we can talk more about options and ideas of how we can best support you, so that you are best able to support those who are most important in your life.

Some common perinatal experiences and mood disorders that may occur within the first year postpartum and generally benefit from counseling include (but are not limited to)

  • Postpartum depression (birth through first year postpartum)
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Parenting transitions/role changes
  • Loss/grief
  • Breastfeeding loss/grief
  • Medical challenges for infant or parent
  • Processing through a scary and challenging birth
  • Sensory processing difficulties