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.