In addition to my private practice, I am also a founding partner of Coast Counselling Group, where we specialize in reproductive mental health.
Reproductive Mental Health deals with care of women who develop emotional or mental health concerns related to all stages of the reproductive cycle; from pre-pregnancy to menopause. This would include, but is not limited to, issues that arise around pregnancy and postpartum – as well as infertility, miscarriages, birth loss, terminations, adoption, complications, traumatic birth and having a child with a serious illness. We also counsel women suffering from PMS, PMDD, and Peri-menopause. I have a strong interest in working with women in the areas of attachment parenting, miscarriage and pregnancy loss, self-esteem, anxiety, PMS, and parenting children with special needs.
Postpartum depression (PPD) and pregnancy related mood disorders are more common than many people think. Ten to fifteen percent of women experience a mood disorder during their pregnancy, and up to 85% of new moms experience the “Baby Blues”. Up to 20% of new mothers experience a PPD, which often affects their ability to cope.
Feeling “out of control” or that you’re “going crazy”
Lacking energy or motivation
Trouble concentrating or making decisions
Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
Withdrawing from friends and family
I trained at the Reproductive Mental Health Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. We tailor treatment plans to individual needs. Our focus is encouraging the woman’s adjustment to her current life transition through self-care, support, parenting skills, sleep consultation, and teaching emotion regulation.
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