Maternal Mental Health
Maternal Mental Health.
Adjusting to parenthood.
If you have recently had a baby, are pregnant or are thinking of having a baby you know better than anyone that the adjustment is TOUGH. Lack of sleep, relationship changes, uncertainty, it all takes a toll. And while mental health challenges such as postpartum depression are increasing in the media, they are often talked about in a negative light. At Thrive Relational Therapy, we get it! It’s hard, it’s unique and there is still a stigma. We are here to offer a judgement free space to work though the changes and the validation to know you are not alone!
What can you expect with Maternal Mental health therapy?
Regardless of what brings you in, you will find a warm, safe, non judgmental environment in which you can explore what motherhood or parenthood means to you. We don’t have a one size fits all approach. Parenthood is one of the most diverse journeys we take. Many components take place such as culture, race, gender expression, trauma, relationship changes, financial changes, job changes. And while for some this is an incredibly exciting time, for many others this creates extreme stress. Anxiety and Depression are common aspects of new parenthood. In fact a recent statistic suggests that roughly 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression. This means that undoubtedly someone you know is or has experienced it. And let’s not leave the partners out of this. Paternal mental health is also important and part of this equation.
You can expect therapy to be catered to your needs. If you are someone that needs solutions, we utilize evidenced based models such as CBT and Solution Focused therapy to help guide you with real life, day to day methods to function in a way that matters to you. If you are needing a space to share, experience, validate and process through all the feelings that come up, past traumas or relationship challenges we utilize methods such as gottman to create healing.
How do I know if maternal mental health is right for me?
Maternal mental health encapsulates so many things. It’s not just for someone experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. It can also help ease the new parents’ transition. It can help siblings adjust to new babies, and parents adjust to new kids. Identity can often shift with parenthood, and therapy can help you find meaning in your new identity. This is also a nice way to determine if kids are in your future, if you want to grow your family through alternative methods or making the ever difficult decision of “are we done having kids” Regardless of your reason to begin therapy, we are here and ready to walk with you on this journey.