Helping parents discover ways to manage whatever life throws at them.
Let’s face it, becoming a parent isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. You’re exhausted, overwhelmed, and your life has changed in so many ways. You are struggling with this transition, but when you look around at other parents, it seems like everyone else is doing just fine.
Becoming a parent is a common experience, but can also be an extremely challenging one. While starting a family can bring joy to our lives, the transition to parenthood can be difficult if our new role as a parent does not line up with our idea of what it should or could have been.
If you are a man or woman who has been experiencing significant changes in your mood or behavior since the birth of your child, it is possible that you are experiencing postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, or postpartum OCD.
Most people who start therapy for postpartum depression or anxiety feel stuck in a rut, unable to move forward. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe your days have started to blur together or you’re noticing that you complain a lot about feeling stressed, tired, and unfulfilled. Stuck in negativity and feeling miserable and worried all of the time, you may feel like life is overwhelming, like it’s too much.
Do You Feel Worried, Guilty, or Not Good Enough?
Do any of the following resonate with you?
- You’ve lost the joyful feelings that you used to have in life.
- You wake up every morning feeling down and like there is nothing to look forward to.
- You feel like there are so many things to manage and your forever growing “to do list” is just too much.
- You’ve been arguing more with your partner.
- It’s hard to sleep because you’re worrying about so many different things, and even if you do sleep, you still feel exhausted when you wake up.
You might feel embarrassed to open up about what you’re really going through, even to family and friends. It can feel like everyone else finds parenting easy and (based on social media anyway) everyone else’s family is perfect and their houses are spotless so you keep thinking, why can’t I get it together? I want you to know you are not alone. One in seven women and one in ten men experience postpartum depression.
The benefit of therapy is that it provides a non-judgmental space for you to talk freely about what’s bothering you. You don’t have to worry about making a good impression.
You don’t have to keep putting yourself last, caring for everyone else before you take care of yourself.
Therapy Can Help You Live With More Joy
It’s possible to feel better. Imagine a life where you could…
> Stop worrying all the time.
> Experience a more positive mood along with better sleep and energy levels.
> Stop comparing yourself to other parents and experiencing mom or dad guilt.
> Shift into a more positive and hopeful outlook on life.
> Create a more meaningful life based on who you are and what you desire.
Navigate Life’s Challenges With Ease
Therapy for postpartum depression or anxiety helps you rise above your challenges and start moving towards your ideal life with less stress and more calm.
During therapy you will acquire the skills you need to start taking care of yourself and to manage your stress.
You may be nervous about starting therapy, or unsure if therapy is going to be able to help. You may wonder if you just have the “baby blues” or if your problems are more serious. That’s totally normal, and how a lot of my clients have felt before we’ve met. There is no harm in reaching out for a free phone consultation to talk more about how I can help. This consultation will also answer your questions and help reduce your nervousness.
I’ve helped many moms with postpartum depression, anxiety, or OCD get their lives back. They have been able to go from not wanting to get out of bed in the morning and wanting to avoid their children to feeling excited and engaged in life and bonded with their children.
My name is Ginny Kington and I am a psychologist certified in perinatal mental health who is here to help. Personally, I have a son who was born in 2011 and I struggled after he was born with both depression and anxiety. I found the transition to parenthood difficult, and the mom guilt is real! Having been through this experience, I am here to tell you that therapy works in helping to resolve these feelings.
How Postpartum Therapy Works
Counseling for postpartum depression or anxiety consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, I will ask questions, guide you toward solutions, and motivate you with ideas. I play an active role in therapy and won’t just sit there and stare at you the whole time, waiting for you to talk. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:
- First, I provide a safe, non-judgmental space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me.
- Through hearing your story, I will start to get a picture of what your challenges are.
- We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.
- We will also work to discover what your goals are in therapy and in life.
- Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.
- Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.
Research shows that therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you let go of what’s holding you back.
You May Have Questions About Therapy For Postpartum Depression or Anxiety
How common is postpartum depression or anxiety?
It’s common for people who are experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety to feel isolated and alone in their experience and to believe that no other parents are feeling this way. However, it’s much more common than you might think. Believe it or not, one in seven women and one in ten men experience postpartum depression. Also, one in ten women experience postpartum anxiety. You are not alone in what you are experiencing, and there are effective treatments available to help you feel better.
My child is almost one year old. Are my symptoms still classified as postpartum depression?
Yes, you can still be experiencing postpartum depression even if your child is almost one year old. If you do not receive treatment for your symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety it is possible that these symptoms will continue throughout your child’s first year of life. This is why early detection of your symptoms and being able to receive effective treatment are so important.
Is therapy worth the cost?
Therapy is an investment, not only of money, but also of time and energy. My guess is that you’ve tried other things to improve your life, but that these things haven’t helped. Often people have been struggling for a long time, and have lost months or years of their life to their symptoms. It is worth it to meet with a professional who has been helping people for many years to see how much you may be able to improve with treatment.
Ready to start feeling better?
If you feel stuck in a rut, or unable to move forward, therapy could help.
Start now to begin feeling less overwhelmed and more in control.
Let’s Get Started Today
Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.
During the consultation, you can share what’s going on and we can explore how we can help.
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