Post-Partum and New Parenting

While raising a family can be one of the greatest joys in life, it can also present challenges to the existing relationship with your partner.  It can be quite a change to go from “we to three.”  Whether you are first time parents or expanding a family, it can be tough to adjust to a new person in the house.  I can help you communicate, understand, and cope.

Statistically speaking, many new parents enter therapy just after the first eight months of their child’s life.  The chaos of the new baby has settled, a routine is in place , and the parents can see things that are not working in the new household dynamic.  You may struggle to find the harmony between personal time, couple time, and family time.  Understandably, the loss of freedom to pursue independent interests or the pressures of having a family can wear down a relationship.  It is important to remember that parents are individuals, too.

The good news is that many aspects of your relationship can be improved to make the whole family’s life more fulfilling and enjoyable.

In addition to seeing couples, I have worked with individual women throughout their pregnancy and parenting cycle.  If you are pregnant and have a history of depression or anxiety, it is important to establish a relationship with a therapist prior to your child’s birth.  In addition to providing support during the “fourth trimester,” I can teach you different ways to prepare yourself, your partner, and your family for the needs following birth.  This is helpful if you are a first time parent and unsure of what you will need, but also if you have experience post-partum depression in the past and wish to do things differently this time.  My office is spacious and I welcome parents to bring young babies into session.

Besides my professional practice, I have worked with new moms through a support group associated with Baby Blues  Connection.  I continue to support their mission of helping new mothers through doing committee work and volunteering in the organization.

Specific areas of specialization:

  • Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety
  • Support for Pregnancy Loss and Grief
  • Adoption issues
  • Preparation for parenthood
  • Adjustment to parenthood
  • Marriage and Divorce therapy
  • Effects of divorce on children
  • Blended families
  • Infertility
  • Developmental life transitions
  • Parenting issues and parenting skills
  • Birth Trauma
  • Raising multiples