Welcome to the transition to parenthood.

Becoming a parent, whether you planned to or not, is a huge shift both physically and emotionally. It's definitely not always easy merging the new role of being a parent into our existing identities. Actively working on mental health during this big life stage can help to ease the transition. I am passionate about supporting individuals and couples in navigating the transition to parenthood.

 

In my own experience, there were many barriers to accessing support as a new mom. Sometimes leaving the house was a big challenge. I'm committed to working together in navigating the obstacles you are facing so you can get the support you need. 

I didn't think it would be this hard! 

The truth is that the experiences related to new parenthood - no matter what stage you're at in the journey - can be extremely difficult and isolating for many people. Maybe you're facing fertility issues or you have suffered a loss... There are so many unpredictable aspects of pregnancy and parenthood that you probably weren't expecting to face. Everyone's experience with wanting to start a family, and the way things unfold, is incredibly personal.   

Just know that you're not alone, even though it may feel that way. 

​Here are some ways that I can help:
 

  • Providing education so that you feel more prepared and informed about what's happening and what's to come.

  • Emotional support through difficulties related to conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and new parenthood.

  • Emotional support in coming to terms and coping with infertility, miscarriage, and the loss of your baby. 

  • Working through past trauma and the emotions that may arise as we adapt to new changes.

  • Opening up communication between you and your partner around important topics related to new parenthood.

  • Improving relationship dynamics through learning new skills and tools and practicing healthy communication.

  • Monitoring mental health, catching early signs of postpartum depression and/or anxiety and implementing strategies to manage.

  • Integrating the role of "new parent" into your existing identity.

  • Managing expectations of conception, pregnancy, and parenthood. 

Some examples of areas related to new parenthood that I work with include:

PRENATAL/MATERNAL

MENTAL HEALTH

POSTPARTUM

DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

IDENTITY INTEGRATION

TRAUMATIC BIRTH

RELATIONSHIP

ISSUES

MISCARRIAGE

GRIEF & LOSS

INFERTILITY

I engage in ongoing education and training in the area of prenatal mental health, maternal mental health, and new parenthood so that I can support clients using the most current information and methods available. See the My Approach page for a list of my recent training. 

I am honoured to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish Nations.

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