Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
You're pregnant or newly parenting and it's supposed to be the happiest time of your life, only it's just....not. You just don't feel like yourself, the stress and overwhelm of everything makes you feel irritable, hopeless and out of control. You feel like you're drowning, you can't seem to function at home, work or both, and your relationships are suffering. Your mind races and you worry that something terrible is about to happen any minute. You feel totally alone and fear that if you told anyone how you are really feeling they would think you were crazy. The fact is you are NOT alone. Approximately 20% of women experience thoughts and feelings like these during pregnancy or in the year following the birth of their baby. If you identify with any of this you may be experiencing a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). Often referred to as simply Postpartum Depression, PMADs also include Postpartum Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Bi-Polar and in very rare cases Psychosis. The truth is that you can get better with help. Therapy, medication or a combination of both have proven to be extremely effective in overcoming Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders. Contact me today for your free consultation and learn how working together could be helpful in addressing these issues.
Infertility, Miscarriage and loss
As long as you can remember you've been told that your body was designed to carry children. However, for some reason, you and your partner are having troubles getting or staying pregnant. You feel like your body is failing you, or that somehow you are failing as a woman. Every time you check your social media another friend is announcing their pregnancy and as much as you want to be happy for them, you can't help but feel jealous. You are still grieving your loss(es), but it seems like everyone else, including your partner has moved on, and expect you to move on too. Your loss is real, your grief is real, and moving on just doesn't seem possible. I can tell you that there is a way to honor your loss, recognize and work through your grief, and learn how to cope with whatever the future holds. Reach out today for your free consultation to see if working together would be a good fit for you.
Anxiety and Depression
You can't remember the last time you felt genuinely happy. You're feeling hopeless, irritable, and on edge. Your mind is either constantly racing or in a complete fog, and your thoughts always seem to be negative. A good night's sleep seems impossible, and you are always exhausted. Food is either your coping mechanism or you find yourself missing meals because you have no appetite. You would love to be able to be present in the moment, but your brain is always focused on things that have already happened or are way in the future. Your confidence has bottomed out and your relationships are suffering. These statements define symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from anxiety, depression or both. Recognizing unhelpful patterns of thinking and finding new ways to perceive and process the world and people around you can have a significant impact on your emotions and behaviors. Check out my contact page to schedule your free consultation and get you started on the path to feeling better.