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MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND
GROUP THERAPY FOR MOMS IN CALIFORNIA
Motherhood isn't what you thought it would be
You find yourself feeling isolated with feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and self-judgment. You find it difficult to explain; on the outside, there's so much focus on how fortunate you are to have a new baby, and how exciting this new life as a mother is supposed to be. But nobody sees how exhausted you are, and how much you're emotionally struggling. You wonder if there's something wrong with you because you feel this way.
These feelings are preventing you from being present with your baby. If you have other children, you feel you've lost what balance you previously had as a parent. In terms of adult relationships, you may struggled to relate to friends anymore. You feel disconnected from your partner. Feelings about your own parents or in-laws have shifted.
You can overcome postpartum depression and anxiety
Finding joy and balance in parenting is in reach. You are capable of taking on the challenges and changes of motherhood, and experiencing self-compassion and confidence in your new role.
I'm here to help you combat the inner critic that's getting in the way of you enjoying life with Baby. In our work together, we can transform the "should's" into self-acceptance, and the sense of disconnection to warm feelings of connection.
Why work with me?
I've received specialized professional training in postpartum support, as well as 'life training' in what it's like to be a mother, as a mom to two young children. I know how much the "should's" of motherhood can erode your ability to find joy and confidence in this new role.
I have additional training and extensive experience in helping people learn and practice self-compassion, which is essential to healing postpartum anxiety and depression. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I also take family dynamics and cultural and societal issues seriously when it comes to how they impact your experience of a mother.
You don't have to let your inner critic get in the way of enjoying motherhood
Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT POSTPARTUM COUNSELING AND GROUP THERAPY
What does a typical individual session look like?
For individual therapy, we'll meet for 50 minutes each session. I often see people every one or two weeks. At the start of services, we'll identify what specific goals you'd like to aim for, such as decreasing self-judging thoughts or figuring out how to adjust to your new role in different adult relationships. Each session after that will be spent discussing issues that will help us get you there. This may include unpacking where messages from your inner critic are coming from so its voice has less of an impact on your self-esteem, or practicing self-compassion or mindfulness techniques so you can be more kind to yourself and present in the moment. Sessions may include traditional talk therapy, or practicing mindfulness techniques or self-expression through various art forms like collages or writing.
What does a typical group look like?
For group therapy, we'll meet for 90 minutes each week. Groups consist of no more than 6 members. Sessions will include a grounding/self-compassion-related exercise, and a general check-in so you and all other group members get a chance to share what stood out from your week. You'll all get the opportunity to identify any specific concerns/questions/topics that you'd like to discuss with the group. I'll often include a specific self-reflective question to help jumpstart and guide meaningful discussions. I lead sessions in a way that avoids simple advice-giving, and instead helps members support and interact with each other in deeper ways. Though I encourage the group time to be dedicated to YOU-time, I understand how tough it can be to find someone to watch your child when you want that you-time, so babies are always welcome to sessions, as is breast-feeding.
How do I get started?
Schedule a free phone consultation by clicking the button below. This will give us a chance to meet, briefly talk about your goals, and allow me to answer any of your questions. If we determine that my counseling services would be a good fit for you, we'll schedule our first appointment. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
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