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    Counseling for Mothers

    I wrote my book Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype after completing my doctoral dissertation on the experiences of mothers not feeling “good-enough.” My extensive work in parent education and child development led me to this curious search for the cause of the “not-enoughness.”

    Parenting is the most important, as well as the most challenging job you will ever do. It presents a paradoxical experience of joy and sorrow every second of the day. What I found is that mothers don’t want to talk about how hard parenting is, for fear they will be judged. The truth is–it is HARD. Talking about it with a therapist helps demystify the struggle and helps you see you are not alone.

    I love mothering mothers no matter how old you are. Mothering never ends. I can help you demystify why it is so hard, and help you become a whole-hearted mama who can love herself and her child(ren).

    For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.” Talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with new motherhood issues can be comforting, relieving and enlightening.

    Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.

    Common postpartum symptoms include:

    • Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
    • Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
    • Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
    • Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
    • Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
    • Lack of focus and concentration
    • Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
    • Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
    • Being constantly in a state of worry

    If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation. Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that make you feel disconnected from your baby and create a strategy for moving forward. Contact me today to see how I can help.