As a licensed mental health therapist, I've worked with many moms battling
post partum depression or anxiety. After having my third child, the baby blues
set in but then they just didn't seem to go away. Due to my
background, I knew it was post partum depression, but it was
still a hard road to get through. To me, mental illness is not
something to be ashamed about and should be talked about
openly. So, I started to talk to friends about what I was going
through. To my surprise, almost all of them said something along
the lines of "I went through the same thing.. I had depression...
I felt the same way..." I was shocked! These were my friends,
people I was around and supported. How did I not notice this?
But most importantly, why aren't we all talking about this more?
Why are moms feeling like this is something they need to suffer
through alone? I'm here to say, we shouldn't.
The post-partum period is a crucial time for mom. There has been so much
build up for baby to come, and once they are earthside mom's needs are often overlooked with the excitement of a new life. However, this is the time when a woman needs to focus on healing her body, and re-setting her mind as a
mother. Emotional support is key.
One on one mental health coaching is offered. As a licensed mental health
therapist and a mother I know the importance of getting help and support
that is needed. I look at therapy as much needed self-care, and a time to process
and focus on mom's emotional needs, which are so often ignored, not understood, or overlooked in day- to day life.