Therapy for mums
When you’re a mum to a baby or young child, whether it’s for the first time or you already have other children, it can be a difficult time.
A traumatic birth, feeding issues or feeling pressure to be the ‘perfect mum’ can all take their toll on your physical and mental health.
Coupled with the loneliness that mums can feel when they’re on maternity leave, plus a hefty dose of sleep deprivation, it’s no surprise that motherhood can leave you feeling alone, exhausted and overwhelmed.
But while these feelings aren’t uncommon, there may be a point when you realise you’re not managing to cope. Or maybe you’ve not noticed your low mood or changed behaviour, but your partner, family or friends have commented on how you’re ‘not quite yourself’?
If this is you, you’re not alone. More than one in ten women experience poor mental health in the year following the birth of their baby, and it’s important to reach out for support.
I can help you if you have any of the following issues or concerns:
- Postnatal depression (PND) – this is different from the ‘baby blues’, which usually lasts only a few days soon after birth
- Compulsive or repetitive behaviours or thoughts
- Worries about not bonding with your baby
- Problems with feeding your baby (bottle or breast)
- Feelings of loneliness
- Any problems you’ve experienced in your familial or romantic relationships since you’ve had a baby
- Finding it hard to like and enjoy your post-baby body
During our therapy sessions, I’ll observe you and your child and get a sense of your bond and how you communicate with each other. Then we’ll work together to develop new coping strategies and skills to help you address current issues and move forward in your life so that, ultimately, you feel happy, confident and fulfilled as a mother and as a woman.