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 the perinatal / postpartum period– 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 perimenopause. 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.