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.
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.