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Perinatal Therapy

I am a psychologist who specialises in therapy for mothers and mothers to be, so that if you are struggling during the perinatal period or after, I can help by offering a supportive environment to work on issues troubling you.

Often unresolved issues come to the forefront before or after a baby arrives, and these can play a part in how the mother baby relationship unfolds. New mothers have often said that they utilise therapy to make a fresh start, with the hope that this will have a lasting effect on the well-being of their children. Having a baby can be a daunting, isolating experience, and I am here to help make this less so.

Issues that I cover include:

  • Antenatal depression

  • Postnatal depression

  • Anxiety

  • Birth trauma

  • Panic attacks

  • Adapting to having a baby / being pregnant

  • Attachment / bonding issues

  • Relationship issues

  • Dealing with loss (terminations, stillborns, TFMR)

  • Fear of giving birth (tokophobia)


The Sessions
 

I offer individual psychotherapy sessions. Sessions are for 50 minutes, usually once a week.

Logistics
 

For new mothers, there is the added logistical challenge of looking after a baby.

Having the baby with you in the session can help with the therapeutic process if there are issues in relation to how you relate and interact with your baby. However, the sessions may also be an important time to have some space for just yourself. This is a decision for you to decide.

Please note though that It is not practical for babies older than 6 months to attend sessions, as they are more aware and require a lot more physical attention (i.e. crawling/walking).

Zoom sessions are also a possibility if it is easier to stay at home, or the distance is too far.

Please note though that Zoom sessions would only work if you are able to have your session when your baby is sleeping, or being cared for by someone else.