"If we value our children, we must cherish their parents."
-John Bowlby (1907-1990)
Having a baby represents a period of immense change while enduring intense physical and emotional demand. Therefore, it is no surprise that many parents experience the “baby blues” and feelings of “losing one’s self”. While difficulties are to be expected, some people experience greater distress, such as postpartum depression.
Increased stress and feelings of overwhelm make the demands of parenting much more difficult. This might include symptoms such as experiencing little joy in relating to your baby, feeling excessive guilt about not being able to parent in the way that you imagined, or extreme irritability. There is help for this, and you do not have to suffer through it alone.
In addition to providing individual therapy for parents, I have specialized training in infant-parent psychotherapy, which is a specialized service that supports the relationship between parents and their infants and toddlers. In order to help you build a closer relationship with your baby and to support you both in finding mutual pleasure with each other, sessions may include individual work with you, sessions with you and your baby, and/or sessions that include your partner(s). We will work together to maximize your internal strengths and find your pathway out of depression.