Women and Divorce
Divorce and separation can be one of the most difficult and emotional experiences in a woman’s life. The range of emotions that are felt during this time such as sadness, anger, depression, anxiety, jealousy and just a general sense of overwhelm could leave even the strongest woman feeling lost.
Divorce brings feelings of loss and grief. It also means learning new ways to live your life that you may not have been ready for. Worry over finances and child custody can also add to list of worries.
Despite all these things going on, the world does not stop and you need to find a way to carry on. Friends mean well but often try to urge you to just “get over it” or “move on”; what they don’t realize is that by sitting with your grief and anger and processing it through properly you are actually healing in a healthy way.
Here in counselling you have a safe place to bring your emotions confusion and concerns without judgement or anyone telling you what you “should” be doing. Together we will work through these intense emotions, learn new coping skills and move you through to the next chapter in your life with grace and joy.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
If you are struggling with issues related to pregnancy or being a parent, you deserve support from a professional who understands what you are experiencing and help guide you through it.
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest and most fulfilling times of our lives, however, many new and expecting mothers (and fathers) struggle silently doubting themselves, being unhappy or ashamed of the feelings they experience. As you transition into motherhood (or add to your family) for certain there will be various peaks and valleys. Relationships will likely change (spouse, parents, friends) and you may feel lonely or sad about some of these as they shift. Additionally the expectations you had about yourself and what motherhood was going to look and feel like may not match up with the reality your experiencing. This can cause feelings of shame guilt and sadness which can cycle you into a negative spin that is hard to move out of. Therapy can help you sort through some of these feelings and support you in transitioning through this with grace and ease.
Signs You May Need Help
Crying spells and/or overwhelming feelings of sadness and anger
Feelings of guilt or hopelessness
Anxiety or panic attacks
Changes in sleep and/or eating patterns
Difficulty bonding with your baby
Worry that you may hurt your baby or yourself
Feeling “out of control” or that you’re “going crazy”
Excessive Lack of energy or motivation
Trouble concentrating or making decisions
Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
Withdrawing from friends and family
Every woman/family is unique and different, the focus is always on how can I best support you in adjusting to your current life transition through self-care, emotional and cognitive support, parenting skills and emotion regulation. Together we can create a plan to works for you!