Is your transition into parenthood more of a strain than you expected?
Do you often find tears welling up in your exhausted eyes? Are you feeling overwhelmed or unable to meet the demands on you?
Or maybe you’d like the support of a compassionate expert to guide you through the early days of parenting? With a little bit of help, you could be there fully for your child, and connect with yourself and your partner on a deeper level.
Becoming a new parent always changes more about our lives than we expect and counseling is an important means to ensure you receive the support and guidance you need through this intense time.
Statistics show that 21.9% of women experience depression in the year after childbirth. One in seven new parents experience postnatal anxiety.
Then there are the usual stressors and strains of caring for a new child whose behaviors and requirements need to be learnt.
When a woman becomes a mom, a rush of changes occur. These changes include those that directly affect her biology, such as hormonal shifts and a lack of sleep, as well as more social or personal changes, such as relationship shifts and the added pressure of familial, cultural, and societal expectations & commentary.
Men also change when they become fathers. Postpartum depression (PPD) in mothers is well known, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as one in five women who become mothers suffers from it. But, dads can also be affected by it, too. A recent study found that about 10 percent of men who become fathers may experience PPD.
So whether you’re a new parent for the first time, or already have another child or children, each pregnancy, each birthing, and each baby is different. Counseling can help you cope with the strains that cause your feelings of overwhelm, as well as enhance this wonderful time of life for you.
So if these sound like you…
– I want to feel more fully connected to my child
– I want to increase the chances that new parenthood will bring me and my partner closer
– I think I need to do everything perfectly, but I’m failing
– I wish to thrive as a parent, but I don’t know if I am
– I would like support and understanding
…Then “new parent” counseling could be for you.
Therapy can help you feel valued, calm, capable, and connected as you begin or continue your parenting journey. Therapy can help with a wide variety of new parenthood issues, from smaller issues and feelings, to dealing with the major challenges or transitions that you or a partner could be experiencing.
In a non-judgmental and supportive way, we will discuss your wants and needs openly and respectfully. Use of evidence-based techniques, therapies, and experience will help pave the way for an enjoyable beginning to your journey through parenthood. If you’re looking for an understanding ear to help you through this time, please contact me today for an appointment.