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Perinatal Therapy

I work with women, men, genderfluid and non-binary individuals, and couples who are considering parenthood, are trying to conceive, are expecting, and who are parenting. Together we can address the complex emotional experiences of preconception, pregnancy, and parenthood and offer support for a more fulfilled experience.

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Worry and Anxiety Around This Period Can Affect Your Self Esteem

  • You might doubt yourself

  • You might find yourself competing or comparing yourself to others

  • You might blame yourself 

  • You might think you're a "bad" person

  • It can reduce your confidence

  • You might find yourself irritable at everything, even your child

  • You might find yourself short tempered

  • You might not enjoy things that you used to enjoy

  • You might catastrophize and expect the worst to happen

  • You might be losing hope with things returning "back to normal"

  • You might not find it easy to ask for help

  • You might have racing thoughts

  • You might find it difficult to fall asleep when you are tired

  • You might have panic symptoms

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What is the root issue?

Unresolved attachment wounds, the unaddressed impact of systemic and intergenerational trauma, white body supremacy, complex trauma all play a part in the development and exacerbation of perinatal anxiety and depression. Other factors that play a big role are: hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, personal history of anxiety/depression/trauma, stress and life changes, tendency towards perfectionism and expectations, relationship changes, lack of social support, traumatic birth experiences, cultural pressures and body image concerns all influence the length and intensity of symptoms. 

The perinatal period can last up to 7 years after your child is born, since the adjustments with adding new family members can be so huge. 

Common Symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety/Depression

Excessive worry and concerns

You worry about whether or not the baby is too cold, too warm, whether or not they are breathing, sleeping or eating enough. For parents of older children, you might worry about their homework, whether or not they are being mistreated or mistreating others. This isn't only a passing thought, but occupies your mind most of the day and it feels hard to think or notice other things. 

Therapy Can Help

  • Emotional regulation for professional and parental success- IFS provides a roadmap to help you regulate intense emotions, which also helps cultivate emotional resilience. Traditional talk therapy provides you with a therapist that encourages you to simply "be empathetic", but IFS provides a way to actually do it. 

  • Manage overwhelming stress and create empowered boundaries- Juggling being a working professional and being a parent can be a LOT sometimes. IFS therapy can be used to help manage the rest and work with your parts to create respectful boundaries. 

  • Resolving parental fears- "what if I'm not a good enough parent?" "what if I totally screw up my kids?" Working with internal parts that hold onto worries/doubles so you can have clarity and confidence

  • Transforming self criticism- IFS therapy helps transform critical parts into compassionate allies. This will have a huge ripple effect with your parenting and your influence over your kids. You will learn to exercise leadership in your household with compassionate curiosity, instead of authoritative dominance.

  • Generational healing- IFS allows folx to address intergenerational trauma, breaking cycles of negative patterns that connect you and your ancestors. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

I believe change is possible, but I don't believe that change is possible for ME. How can you help me?

We will work together to make sure you're feeling safe. If safety and trust isn't present, change cannot occur. What do I use to cultivate safety: 

  • providing educational tid bits about what is happening and how to heal

  • building a strong relationship with you

  • giving you as much heads up as possible so you're not surprised by much

  • operating with as much consent and permission as possible

  • not treating you like you're someone who is broken and needs to be fixed

  • focusing on your strengths 

  • cultivating hope

  • showing you compassion, when you may not have much compassion for yourself. 

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