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POSTPARTUM THERAPY

Are You A New Mom Who Worries About Doing Everything Right?

 

Do you ever feel like you’re not connecting with or being emotionally present for your infant?  Are you so stressed out and worried about everything that you don’t even have the energy to bond with your child? Does it seem like no one around you understands what you’re going through?

Maybe you expected a village of help for you and your newborn, but now you feel isolated and discouraged. Perhaps you spend so much time making sure your baby is safe that you have trouble relaxing and enjoying each moment. Or it could be that your exhaustion and anxiety are driving a wedge between you and your partner.

The Signs Of Postpartum Problems Aren’t Always Obvious

You may not feel depressed or anxious, but you find yourself feeling guilt or shame about all the things you think you should be doing. Or maybe every little stressor sets you off and—once you’re upset—you have a hard time controlling your irritability or anger.

an-illustration-of-a-baby-in-a-woman's-hand-with-the-night-sky-in-the-backgroundMany of these signs might not seem like postpartum symptoms at first glance. However, if your guilt or irritability is making it harder for you to adjust to life as a new mom, these feelings can still leave you overwhelmed.

If symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety are getting in your way, therapy can help you cope with them and connect with your baby.

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Anxiety And Depression Symptoms Affect Postpartum Moms Everywhere

When you become a mom for the first time or add another child to your family, you have to deal with drastic changes to your body, your family, and your priorities. You have to manage these changes and care for your infant—all while you’re physically and emotionally recovering from childbirth. This added responsibility can take an emotional toll on you.

Most new moms are familiar with the baby blues, a stage of emotional upheaval after birth. In fact, 85 percent of moms struggle with their mood soon after delivery.[1] For some, the baby blues don’t fade and may even turn into postpartum depression or anxiety

Moms Are Expected To Have It Together All The Time

When you’re home with your baby for long periods of time, social networks can be a great way to stay connected. However, social media can also lead to you comparing yourself to other moms who seem to be rocking motherhood.

In a culture where mothers are supposed to have it all together, you might feel pressure for everything to go smoothly at all times. Motherhood is already isolating and doing it on your own can exacerbate that feeling of inadequacy. And when it seems like you’re not doing everything correctly, it can be difficult to reach out for help. 

Fortunately, treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety can be a powerful resource for support that can help you move forward and start living again. With postpartum therapy, you can break free from the negative thoughts that prevent you from being the mom you want to be.

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You Can Get Back To Feeling Like Yourself Again With Postpartum Therapy

It might seem like the sadness, self-doubt, and loneliness will last forever but, with the right strategies and tools, your life can look and feel different. As a postpartum therapist, I am here to listen to what you’re going through and give you strategies to deal with the emotional challenges of motherhood.

I believe the brain and body are connected and that we hold experiences in our body that greatly affect how we interact with ourselves and those around us. So therapy is more than just talking about how you’re feeling. It’s about looking at yourself as a whole person and treating deeper issues from a holistic perspective. At the same time, I’m here to validate your experiences and help you move forward with innovative tools that will enable you to feel better and more capable.

What To Expect In A Therapy Session For A New Mom

In each postpartum therapy session, you can expect a safe place where you are able to open up and process the stress that comes with motherhood. As your counselor, I’m in your corner and I’ll listen to your perspective and everything you’ve endured.

During your first visit, we talk about the issues you are experiencing and decide the best way to get you where you want to go. Though we will spend a bit of time exploring your symptoms and working to understand where they come from, our primary focus will be on building a future for yourself where life feels more hopeful and motherhood more enjoyable.

I Offer Treatment Options Fitted To Your Postpartum Counseling Needs

Because the brain and the body work in tandem, I believe in providing a holistic approach to the healing process. That means teaching you how to interpret what your emotions and body are trying to tell you. I want to help you understand the sensations you experience and how your brain and body contribute to how you’re feeling.

One method I use with this process is Brainspotting. This brain and body-based intervention uses eye movements and bodily sensations to identify and process a variety of issues that can contribute to postpartum depression, including trauma. 

We know that certain emotional wounds can get “stuck” in the body, so using a mind-body approach to healing can help you access that original source of pain and move past it. As you learn more about yourself, you can retrain how you respond to fear, disconnection, and feelings of inadequacy, allowing you to embrace and enjoy motherhood.  

I know ‌it may feel like you are stuck, but whatever your needs are, we will work as a team to reach your goals. As a team member, I encourage you to be open with me and engage in the therapy process as much as possible to give yourself the best chance for results.

As we work through the emotional challenges that come with motherhood, you will feel more confident in your abilities and find clarity in your role as a mom. My goal is for you to feel like yourself again and experience joy in motherhood.

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But You May Still Have Questions About Postpartum Therapy…

Does treatment mean I need medication for postpartum depression or anxiety?

 Medication is a viable treatment option, but it’s based in part on individual preference. We will discuss options so that you feel comfortable in whatever treatment you are receiving. Medication is not my specialty, so if that’s something you’d like to try, I will refer you to someone who can help.

How do I know my symptoms are not just the baby blues?

 Therapy isn’t just for diagnosable postpartum issues. My focus isn’t your diagnosis, it’s making sure you get the help you need. If you’re a mom who feels like you aren’t at your best, therapy could be beneficial to you. I’d love to understand what you’re struggling with and work with you to overcome the obstacles you’re facing.

Will counseling help me feel like myself again?

 I know things seem hard right now. Being a new mom is difficult, and sometimes, it can feel like these overwhelming emotions will never fade—but this isn’t permanent. Don’t let the fear, sadness, and sense of powerlessness stop you from experiencing the positive benefits of therapy. With the right tools and support, you can absolutely feel like yourself again.

Therapy Can Help You Enjoy Being A New Mom

Motherhood can bring about some of the most exhilarating emotions—and some of the most challenging. Even if things feel tough right now, postpartum therapy can help you clear the fog of negative thoughts. To start your journey back to yourself, contact me to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation.

Shaina Feingold, LCSW

Shaina Feingold is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. She is certified in Brainspotting, Reiki I & 2 Practitioner, and founder of Mindful Reflections.  She received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles with a focus in trauma and chronic stress.  

Shaina supports those who face obstacles on their motherhood journey.  She aims to help women and birthing people see that they are not defined by the challenges they have endured, and that healing is possible.

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