Becoming a mother or having another child can bring up a range of emotions, from excitement to terror, with lots in between!
Mothers often receive mixed messages from well-meaning family, friends, and, of course, “Dr. Google.” This can be overwhelming and leave new mothers feeling guilty, discouraged, and lacking confidence. Even under the best of situations, the transition to parenthood is a sensitive, challenging time in both a mother’s and child’s life. I provide a safe, therapeutic space to receive support and facilitate personal growth.
We are naturally inclined to parent as we ourselves were parented; however, we can make changes if we wish not to repeat the cycle. I believe that becoming a parent can be the impetus for self-change, healing old wounds and experiencing personal growth. I partner with my clients to be a support as they transition into parenthood and walk alongside them as they manage struggles such as building a healthy bond with their infant, self-care, returning to work, conflict with partners, co-parenting, and achieving balance in their life as parents.
My approach to psychotherapy and counseling with expecting and new parents is collaborative, relational, and client-focused. I use a combination of insight-oriented and behavioral therapy approaches to increase mindfulness, alleviate symptoms and change old patterns of relating and responding to stressors. I empower mothers to develop skills to parent with increased awareness of their own reactions and emotional experience. I focus on developing a healthy attachment with the infant, strengthening early bonds and helping parents to feel more confident with their skills.
trailhead: noun \ ˈtrāl-ˌhed \ :
the point at which a trail begins.
Whether starting a new journey or taking a different path, I am here to walk with you.