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You CAN Create the Pregnancy and Be the New Parent You’ve Always Dreamed Possible!
If you’re like a lot of my clients, you probably feel like you’re struggling during a time of life that everyone seems to think should be the most magical and beautiful.
You’re likely wondering why it feels as though anxiety or depression has taken over your life… But, you also may feel reluctant to share your thoughts with anyone, that people won’t understand, and that you have nowhere to turn.
In short, you likely feel disconnected and alone at a time when everyone around you thinks you should be happier than ever.
And you’re worried that there’s nothing you can do about how you feel… that no matter what you do, you won’t feel better.
But, you’re NOT alone… and you CAN feel better!
Do You Need Help?
It may seem difficult to believe – especially given the messages our society puts out about the joys of pregnancy and becoming a new parent – but many women, even those who have not experienced anxiety or depression before, experience increased symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during or after pregnancy.
Even less talked about is the fact that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) also affect men and non-pregnant partners. And they don’t just happen to first-time parents… You might be pregnant or parenting your second or third child before you experience a PMAD.
Unfortunately, many of the signs and symptoms for perinatal mood disorders can be easily confused with the physical and emotional stress of being pregnant and giving birth.
Expectant mothers often don’t recognize the early indications that they’re struggling with a perinatal mood disorder.
But, if you’re feeling like “There’s no joy in anything anymore,” or find yourself thinking or saying things such as “I feel like I’ve lost myself,” it’s time to seek help!
Getting the Help You Deserve…
Fortunately, the treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are largely the same as with other forms of anxiety and depression… and the success rates can be even higher!
And, if the symptoms are caught early enough, interpersonal counseling and psychotherapy have been shown to be extremely effective.
But perinatal anxiety and depression aren’t conditions you can simply tough your way through…
I became a therapist because I believe everyone has the answers the need within themselves… But, we all need someone to help lead us to those answers, at least from time to time.
The counseling and psychotherapy services I offer are NOT about judging you or how you’re feeling, and they are NOT about telling you what you should do or how you should feel. But, they can help you:
- Relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression;
- Feel validated and better understand that your struggles are not unique… That you’re truly far from alone;
- Achieve greater family cohesiveness and understanding;
- Get the ongoing support you need when you need it most; and
- Move forward in your pregnancy and in your new role as a parent with confidence and optimism.
“You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.”
I’ve been trained by Postpartum Support International (PSI) – an international organization formed in 1983 to help women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This quote represents their commitment (and mine) to helping you feel better.
The sooner you get the professional support you need and deserve, the sooner you can get on with enjoying your pregnancy, and your family!
I look forward to speaking with you and helping you experience all the joy your new role as a parent has to offer.