The transition into parenthood can be chaotic and overwhelming. Being a new parent naturally comes with its own challenges and postnatal anxiety and depression can exacerbate these difficulties. I am a Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist with close to 20 years’ experience working with adults, children and adolescents. I have a special interest in supporting women from preconception to postpartum and beyond, and I have advanced training through Postpartum Support International.
As a mother of a spirited toddler I know how challenging it can be to find tranquility and balance. When my daughter was born, I struggled with issues many new parents face, including sleep deprivation and the sudden shift of identity. Issues with breast-feeding and fussiness/colic exacerbated this stress. Unfortunately, these difficulties aren’t normalized and spoken about enough. This inspired me to focus on prenatal and postpartum mental health so that I could better assist parents facing these very challenges. Since then, I have supported many new moms with the many transitions of parenthood, and I enjoy helping women to discover the resources they already possess.
Using a client-centered approach, I help my clients to draw on strengths, enlist emotional/social support, and improve symptoms of stress/anxiety and depression. I draw upon various evidence-based therapies to help clients feel better, including trauma-informed therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. My style is warm and informal, and I provide realistic tools that inspire growth and change. While my therapeutic approach is integrative, I am primarily influenced by attachment and trauma-focused therapies and the mind-body connection. Regardless of the modality used, I believe that all therapy should be rooted in a strong client-therapist relationship that is characterized by warmth, acceptance and trust.
Taking the first step can be difficult and that is why I offer a free, 15-minute telephone consultation during which we can discuss your needs and explore how my approach can be helpful to you.
I look forward to working with you.