Being a new parent is one of the most intense and emotional events of our lives. It can also be a stressful time and can affect how you feel about yourself and your relationships.
As a parent, I have experienced these emotions. As a therapist, I have worked with many new parents who need help adjusting their new role(s). Together, we can work to foster self-compassion, open communication and access new perspectives. We’ll look at the entire picture to discover how you can find the right balance as a new parent.
Supportive new parent counseling can include:
- postpartum anxiety/depression treatment
- new parent coaching
- parent couple counseling
- work/life decision coaching
- techniques to find balance and reduce stress
- connecting parents to community resources
Are you feeling overwhelmed after having a baby?
Becoming a mom can be a huge adjustment. While you are pregnant it is all about taking care of you. Once the baby arrives, the focus immediately shifts and all of a sudden you are spending most of your time taking care of your baby.
Sometimes, feelings of anxiety and depression may surface after giving birth. Much of these changes in mood can be attributed to hormonal changes or sleep deprivation. In some cases, these stressful feelings can lessen over time. But in other instances they can be hard to work through on your own. Even if you have a caring partner and family it may be hard to get the assistance you need.
Any new parent can feel stressed after their baby arrives. Lack of sleep and connection with your mate can be hard. Postpartum anxiety and depression can affect all parents no matter a person’s gender or sexual orientation. Adoptive parents can also experience symptoms. A few helpful resources are listed below:
The most common treatment for PPD is supportive counseling and (sometimes) medication. I value gender, sexual, racial, class, disability and religious/spiritual identity. Contact me to see if I might be able to help you. I can refer you to other professionals, if needed. Call/text 202-215-2790 or email me at JKogan@Jennifer Kogan.com.