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 have dedicated my career to 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. We have expectations built into our core about how things are supposed to go. These expectations are largely influenced by our own upbringing, stories we've been told, media portrayals of birth and early parenting. 

Just know that you're not alone in this journey, 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:

PERINATAL/MATERNAL

MENTAL HEALTH

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POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

IDENTITY INTEGRATION

TRAUMATIC BIRTH

PARENTING AND RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT

PARENT-CHILD DYNAMICS

GRIEF & LOSS

ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULTIES

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 and credentials

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