Mental Health Counseling Around Building a Family
Things CAN Be Rough around pregnancy and early parenthood
No matter how you feel right now, you have good reason to feel that way. I know from my own experiences as the mother of three children that things don’t always go according to plan. Even when things do go according to plan, we can all use a little help in a hectic chapter of life. Every person I know who has wanted to become a parent has faced core-shaking challenges along the way. Stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, depression, anxiety, secondary infertility, premature birth, time spent in the NICU, difficulty in relationships, profound problems with self-image – the set of things people can go through is mind-boggling. I have worked with clients in individual, family, and group settings, and I have seen the diverse set of difficulties people face. I have found that I am able to help, and that even people who are reluctant or hesitant often feel better talking to someone.
No matter how you feel right now, you are not alone in feeling that way. There are a lot of differences among these experiences: difficulty in pregnancy and the pain of infertility are very different experiences. They share a common thread, though: they are things we do not discuss in the wider culture. We often face them alone, confused and isolated. You do not need to be alone.
No matter how you feel right now, you don’t have to keep feeling that way. The world needs you as the confident, hopeful person you want to be. I know that you can get there, and I want to help. Please call today to schedule a free, twenty-minute consultation to learn more about how I can help you move forward bit by bit. We’ll check in to see if we’re a good fit and, if not, come up with some ideas for other avenues for you to try.
Bit by Bit
One of the hardest things for me to remember in life is that most change happens bit by bit. We get anxious or stressed because we're not already mastering the thing we just started to learn, started to build, got excited to try. We want to jump from curiosity to perfection, struggles to ease.
Most changes happen gradually through persistent effort. Even some things that seem to have overnight effects were, on further reflection, years in the making. When we're in the muck of something hard, it can be more difficult than ever to remember that the best thing to focus on is just that one next small step.
I want to be careful not to understate it: That next small step is the biggest thing, though! It can change lives. Taking the next step in the right direction is transformative, and it can be hard to do when you feel discouraged and alone. If you’re stuck and overwhelmed, take a step in the direction of change. Call me to schedule a free, twenty-minute consultation.