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Counselling for Postnatal Depression

Counselling for Postnatal Depression

Having a baby can hit you like a bolt of lightning. It can be really hard to get back on your feet. Postnatal depression can feel like swimming in glue or looking at life through a cloudy veil. No matter how hard you try it’s like you’re not getting anywhere.

All this at a time when you are likely to be sleep-deprived but are expected to seamlessly adjust to the new role of ‘mom’.

You can have a wonderful baby, a supportive partner and a lovely home but everything feels wrong and out of place. It might look like every other mother is taking this in their stride, but I can guarantee that you are not the only person in the world who feels this way. Help is at hand once you realise that you really don’t need to do this alone.

So if you find that:

  • Life is not worth living even at this time of ‘joy’
  • You’re irritable with your partner, your new baby and your other children most of the time
  • You’re so exhausted that you suspect something is physically wrong
  • It’s hard for you to fall asleep despite feeling tired, and even when you do, you struggle to stay asleep throughout the night
  • You have lost interest in food, friends, sex…in fact almost all the things that were fun in the past
  • You feel anxious and afraid when left alone with the baby

Please get in touch today.

Postnatal depression affects more than just women. Partners of women with postnatal depression can feel helpless, confused and saddened by what is happening in their home. Finding support through counselling will ensure that you can navigate this together. Getting outside help is vital when your partner is unable to offer you this at present. Not only will this enhance your own sense of self, but it will put you in a position to best help your partner and your children. It can often be the case that men want to find solutions to help their partners. However, learning to support in an empathic way, accepting that your partner will find her own way through with the right supports, is a key factor at this time of your life.

Please get in touch with me and together we can find a way through. My focus is not so much on the label ‘postnatal depression’ but rather on the individual experience you or your partner are having. Distressing feelings can occur well beyond the first year of a baby’s birth, so get in touch even if your child was born over one year ago.

I will provide a safe space to help you make sense of your experience. I will work with you on a one-to-one basis or together with your partner.

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