Therapy For Moms

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You Are Not Alone

At least 1 in 5 mothers experience symptoms of depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy. Most moms would say that motherhood was not what they expected and that they had challenges adjusting to this phase of life. Most mothers do not publicly share the challenges of being a mom. Moms and moms-to-be often feel guilt around asking for support and admitting they are having challenges. There is no shame in admitting when you may need additional support on this journey of navigating motherhood.

The Path To Motherhood

Motherhood can be challenging and may feel overwhelming and unmanageable. For many women, becoming a mother completely disrupts their lives in ways they may not have expected. Adjusting and finding balance in this new role can be challenging and lonely at times. Research tells us that “fundamental changes” happen during pregnancy and after giving birth, and those mothers are not the same person they were before having children (Scientific American Report, 2006). These changes can be hormonal, physically intense, and emotionally draining, impacting a mother’s ability to bond and attach to her children. Some symptoms can linger for months or even years without the right support.

Mothers of Children with Autism | The Unplanned Journey

No one knows the challenges better than another mom who has a child that is neurodiverse. My son was diagnosed with Autism in 2021 and I was immediately faced with unpredictable challenges. Motherhood comes with many challenges that most parents are not prepared for. However, the unusual challenges of parenting are compounded for parents of children with special needs. Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 parents of kids with autism had enough symptoms to meet the criteria for anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of us were not prepared for the challenging behaviors, sleepless nights, physical aggression, endless medical appointments, engagement in self-harm, and the endless roadblocks we hit just to get services. Parents find themselves constantly having to advocate for services, choosing not to go back to work, being isolated from friends and family, fear and challenges of going places, and anxiety of not knowing how the day will turn out or how others will respond to your child. Dealing with the mom shaming has to be the worst of them all. This is what I refer to as the unplanned journey of motherhood.

The Unplanned Journey

You are here because you are tired, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Nothing prepared you for the mommy guilt, insecurity, and isolation that you feel. Accompanied by the disappointment and sadness that hunts you at night while reflecting on not being the mother that you wanted to be. You're done pretending everything's fine just to make it through one more day.

I get it! I've been there, and I can support you in finding joy in motherhood. Hopefully, with my support, you will learn skills on how to take care of yourself and connect with your child in a way that you have always wanted to. 

Common Challenges Discussed During Sessions

+ Anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum

+ Separation anxiety

+ Managing stress

+ Feeling sadness

+ Mom rage and anger

+ Bonding and attachment difficulties

+ Mourning pre-mom life

+ Pressures that come with being a mother

+ Postpartum regret

+ Isolation and loneliness

+ Mommy guilt or shame

+ Intrusive and scary thoughts

+ Disappointing birth experience + Birth Trauma

+ Balancing roles or multiple children

+ Changes in family dynamics

+ Lack of Intimacy with partner

+ Relationship challenges or co-parenting

+ Unrealistic expectations of being a mother

+ Returning to work

+ Loss of self-identity

+ Self-care

+ Mom Shaming

+ Frustration around navigating services and IEP's

Benefits of Therapy

+ Creates a safe space to talk without judgment

+ Addresses issues causing stress or burnout

+ On-going mental health maintenance

+ Explore your motherhood journey without guilt or shame

+ Create a self-care routine that focuses on your health and happiness

+ Learn to embrace imperfections that come with motherhood

+ Learn self-compassion

+ Learn practical coping and relaxation skills

+ Learn skills to set boundaries with yourself and others without apologizing

+ Identify thought patterns impacting your daily functioning

+ Learn strategies to support with increasing attachment to your child

+ Learning ways to advocate for what you need from your partner and others

+ Address issues influencing anxiety or fear

+ Defining and accepting your “new normal”

+ Find ways to balance priorities and redefining the things that are important to you

+ Support with navigating this new life

+ Adjusting to changing family dynamics

+ Adjusting to accepting the changes within your new body

+ Learn ways to balance your relationship, job, and being a mother

+ Learn to take responsibility and focus on the things you can control

As your therapist, my goal is to make our time together a safe space for you to talk freely without judgment. I will always encourage you to bring up the things that you may be afraid to discuss with others, including, but not limited to, postpartum rage, mom guilt, feeling invisible, sex, money, insecurities, not bonding with your child, not wanting to be a mother and whatever else is on your mind.

My Mission Statement

My Mission is to provide a safe space for moms to talk about all the challenges of being a mother while trying to maintain a sense of self. During sessions, no topics are off-limit. I will challenge you to dig deep and work toward your personal goals. My Ultimate goal is to teach mothers skills to empower themselves to take control of their lives and find ways to pour into themselves.

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness therapy focuses on learning how to be more aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, surroundings, and uncomfortable situations. Being mindful of these things will help reduce your judgment of yourself and how you show up as a mother. In therapy, mindfulness focuses on honoring your thoughts and emotions. It is not healthy to suppress or deny your true thoughts and feelings. This learned increased awareness will help clients avoid destructive or automatic responses ways of thinking. Mindfulness supports clients in learning to love themselves and enjoy motherhood, their children, your partners, or other interpersonal relationships.

Self-Compassion Therapy

Learning to practice self-compassion and kindness to yourself can be difficult. Many compassionate people are critical and unforgiving of themselves. When you are critical and judgmental of yourself, you’re more likely to experience anxiety, insecurities, and unhappiness in your motherhood journey, relationship with your self and your relationship with others. In therapy, you will learn skills on how to be gentle with yourself, how to forgive yourself, how to take care of yourself, and how to show up for yourself.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is best known for its efficacy in treating anxiety.  This treatment approach helps you recognize negative or unhelpful thoughts and behavior patterns. CBT aims to help you identify and explore the way your emotions and thoughts can affect your actions. CBT will help you challenge negative thoughts and emotions around motherhood, your relationships with others, and yourself. Suggested exercises will help you observe and recognize these thoughts in order to apply new skills learned during sessions.

My Therapeutic Approach

The goal of therapy is to support you in gaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and how you want to show up as a mother. Learning new ways to manage your symptoms and how you feel about yourself, motherhood, and your relationships with others. In therapy, we will discuss your symptoms, interpersonal challenges, co-parenting, and anything else that you feel may be impacting you. I will help you understand why you are feeling anxious and identify your triggers and challenges. Together, we will create a treatment plan, self-care plan, and mental health roadmap to assist you on this journey.


How do I know if I need therapy?

Many reasons may cause a pregnant or new mother to seek counseling. Some of the most common reasons are not feeling like your normal self, feeling like motherhood was not like you imagined, experiencing anxiety or unwanted thoughts, difficulty bonding with your baby, or relationship dissatisfaction with your partner.

Having a child with special needs can also be challenging. If you are feeling unsupported, isolated, or feeling overwhelmed with managing everything that comes with having an autistic child, you may want to seek support.

If you have symptoms impacting your normal daily functioning, it may be time to seek professional support.

Is therapy guaranteed to stop my anxiety or other symptoms?

Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee the results of therapy. Research shows therapy can support decreasing symptoms, changing behaviors, and decreasing negative thought patterns. We will set goals together, and you should see some progress over time. Therapy also requires you to “do the work” outside of sessions. Progress takes time, and I suggest investing in yourself for at least eight sessions to get a proper feel for how therapy works for you. Lastly, if you have doubts, don’t hesitate to ask me how I think your therapy is going. Remember, therapy is all about you, and I will always be open to discussing what is or isn’t working for you

Will virtual sessions be the same as in-person sessions?

Research shows that meeting virtually has the same benefits as meeting in person. Virtual therapy allows clients to meet from the comfort of their own homes or in the most convenient location. Most of the mothers I work with prefer sessions virtually because it saves them time and allows them to avoid traveling to an office.

Do I have to take medication?

I am not allowed to prescribe medication, nor will you be forced to be on medication. Sometimes, medication is needed in conjunction with therapy to obtain the best outcome. If we decide during our time together that medication may be beneficial while we continue our work together, a referral can be made to the appropriate professional. However, taking medication is always the client’s choice.

How long will I have to participate in therapy?

There isn’t a way to determine how long you will be in therapy. Some clients reach their goals in a few weeks, and some require more long-term treatment. Outcomes can depend on the client’s active participation in sessions and how much time and energy they spend working on their goals. Some clients like ongoing maintenance therapy and find it helpful to continue with sessions even after reaching their initial goals. Therapy is always the client’s choice, and they can stop anytime.

What states do you provide therapy?

Every State has its own set of rules regarding licensing and providing virtual therapy. To receive services, you would have to physically live in California, Washington, or Indiana.

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?

Great questions! Before I accept new clients, I will schedule a free consultation call to understand your needs. Together, we can decide if I am the right therapist for you. This consultation call also allows you to ask additional questions before proceeding. If we are not a good match, I can provide you with a referral list.

I want therapy, but I would like support with dissatisfaction within my relationship with my partner. Do you offer relationship counseling?

Coming Soon! A relationship workshop will be offered soon. Please let me know during our initial consultation call if you are interested in this workshop.

However, things may come up during your sessions that may affect your relationship with others. During these times, we can decide together that it may be beneficial to talk about it with your partner, family member, or friend. If you need this, I will provide a couple/family session as appropriate for your treatment.

What are your payment options?

Please check out the Fees & Insurance page under the Get Started tab. Here, you will find information on fees, insurance options, sliding scales, and more.

Do you offer support groups?

Great Question! The Hey Mama support group will be coming soon. Please check back in the fall or send a message showing your interest.