Therapy for couples and individuals during the adjustment to parenthood.
Parenting is hard...
When you imagined what life would be like with your new baby, you probably pictured those sweet and tender moments of connection and joy accompanied with feelings of fulfillment in your new role. Many people feel nervous about the transition to parenthood, but it’s natural to assume that your competence and skill in the real world would transfer to your role as a parent. As you may have learned, however, it’s not always an easy transition.
Our culture doesn’t provide the true support parents need during this phase of life, nor does it place importance on the journey that a couple undertakes to become a family. Without guidance or experience, it can be an overwhelming, daunting, and lonely road to travel. A traumatic birth, high-needs baby, lack of support, breastfeeding challenges, postpartum depression, and/or anxiety can interfere with all of the hopes you had for this time with your new baby, robbing you of your sense of joy and competence as a parent.
Seeking postpartum counseling isn’t a sign of weakness or failure on your part. Rather, it points to the shortcoming of a society that fails to set new parents up for success. It doesn’t have to be like this. With the right support, you can begin to thrive and enjoy a satisfying bond with your baby and as a couple.
I have supported hundreds of families through this transition. 15 years of doula work has made me intimately aware of the variety of experiences families have during the perinatal period. As a therapist, I combine my knowledge of this phase of life with my psychological training to offer specialized postpartum counseling to individuals and families. I create a safe and healing environment to help you:
Heal the trauma of a difficult birth.
Allay your depression and/or anxiety.
Overcome practical obstacles that are creating a sense of overwhelm.
Decide if medication is the right choice for you.
Transition to your new role as a parent.
Reduce shame from a difficult birth and/or adjustment to parenthood.
Discover what authentic parenting looks like for you.
Connect to your intuition as a parent.
Grieve the loss of your former life or the unfulfilled hopes you had for your postpartum journey.
Increase communication and connection with your partner.
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