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Perinatal Mental Health

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Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal mental health encompasses a person's emotional well-being during pregnancy (prenatal), childbirth, and the postpartum period. During these stages, expectant and new parents often grapple with self-doubt, isolation, healthcare demands, increased stress, societal pressures, loss, and numerous choices. Accessing counselling during this transformative time can create a supportive space to explore your values, process your experiences, and identify what you need to feel nourished, fulfilled, and at ease on the journey ahead.

From a young age, I have been deeply fascinated by all aspects of parenthood, including pregnancy, childbirth, and the transition to parenting. This passion has shaped my career and academic choices, fueled my professional and personal development, and enriched my experience as a mother of two.

 

The ​perinatal period is often intertwined with reflections on the past, considerations for the present, and dreams for the future. ​​I am dedicated to supporting new and expectant parents as they navigate these complex stages. 

I warmly welcome and support all gestational and non-gestational parents, including trans and nonbinary individuals, within all family structures, such as single parents and same-sex parents.

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I am honoured to support clients with:​​

  • Fertility challenges

  • Pregnancy loss and stillbirth

  • Termination or abortion

  • Managing unexpected medical concerns

  • Processing NICU and birth trauma

  • Acceptance related to changes to your body

  • Managing life stress

  • Caring for self while caring for one or more children

  • Grief and loss

  • Postpartum and pregnancy anxiety

  • Sharing the load of parenting 

  • Managing self doubt

  • Anger or resentment

  • Sadness and low mood or motivation

  • Postpartum depression

  • Intrusive or frightening thoughts

  • Relationship changes or difficulties

  • Identity shifts

  • Attachment challenges

  • Navigating boundaries with family

  • Disconnect from self

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