WITH THE RIGHT HELP, YOU WILL FEEL BETTER
You just had a baby...
It’s a huge adjustment. Having children is one of the most life-changing experiences you’ll ever have. And, it’s supposed to be one of the most joy-filled times in life. Yet, so many people feel like they’re unprepared for the experience and the isolation. Most moms feel overwhelmed and that life is unrecognizable after the baby arrives. Your identity, body, marriage or partnership, friendships, and life have all changed dramatically. It’s an intense time and the transition can be a wild ride.
Signs of Postpartum Stress
You may be dealing with a difficult pregnancy, morning sickness, or hyperemesis, or complications making you high-risk. Other times, the pregnancy is uneventful but you just don’t feel like yourself or other life stressors are affecting you. Then, once the baby arrives, the sleep deprivation is overwhelming, and you may feel like you’re just going through the motions. Feeding the baby isn't straightforward like you hoped and nothing seems to come easily. You’re lucky if you get a shower or any time for yourself during those first few months. It may seem like all the other moms have it together and you’re the only one feeling this way. You can no longer relate to your friends. You're worried sick about things and can't shake the guilt of not being and doing enough. There's no balance and you feel like you're drowning in it all.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE, GETTING POSTPARTUM SUPPORT CAN HELP
Therapy during this delicate time in your life can help you feel more like yourself, reevaluate your priorities, and ask for what you need. We may spend time helping you get comfortable saying no and delegating tasks. Get help with your feelings, mom guilt, worried thoughts, and build confidence in your ability to be a good mom. Develop alternative ways to cope when baby is not sleeping, fussy, not nursing well, or having medical concerns. Learn to trust your instincts and take care of your needs during this period of adjustment.
Perinatal mental health – concerns during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum – includes the psychological treatment of things like prenatal and postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD or intrusive thoughts, pregnancy loss (miscarriage or stillbirth), and traumatic birth experiences. Having worked for several years as a psychologist in a level-3 NICU, I appreciate the tremendous stress, trauma, and exhaustion parents face when coping with a critically ill and/or premature baby.
When you are seeking services during this important transition in your life, it’s especially important to see a therapist who’s specifically trained in the nuances of perinatal and reproductive mental health. Through advanced training and experience, I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health by Postpartum Support International (PMH-C), the gold standard in the field. Having worked in this area for nearly a decade, including on antenatal, NICU, and postpartum units, and with OB/GYN outpatient and high risk maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) clinics, I am competent to guide you through this huge adjustment. I’m also a mom of two young kids and can relate firsthand to how hard this transition can be on every aspect of your life.
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Postpartum Depression Treatment in Houston, Texas
Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common complication of childbirth affecting 1 in 5 women. PPD significantly impacts the baby and your entire family. The greatest risk factor for developing PPD is already being depressed during the pregnancy. If you have a personal or family history of depression or PPD that will influence the likelihood of developing it as well. Postpartum depression symptoms may include feeling sad and tearful, irritable, or numb. You may not feel excited, joyful, or very connected to your baby. Truth is, you may not seem to care about much anymore. Not only are you likely feeling like a bad mother, but you may believe that everyone else seems to have it together. These thoughts may lead you to feel even more alone and withdraw from others. Your days are on autopilot and you feel checked out from life in general. Some days it may even feel so bad you wish you could just run away. You feel so inadequate. By giving to everyone but yourself, you have nothing left. You’re beyond exhausted and are still the one trying to juggle it all and carry the mental load. Your appetite is diminished, and sleep is disrupted. You no longer recognize yourself and feel like a shell of your former self. You wonder if this is what it’s supposed to feel like.
Psychotherapy during pregnancy and postpartum depression in Houston,TX is considered first line treatment for mild to moderate depression as recommended by treatment guidelines set forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Get specialized help to find relief quickly and start feeling more connected and balanced.
WITH THE RIGHT HELP, THINGS CAN GET BETTER.
Postpartum Anxiety Treatment in Houston, Texas
Although it’s normal for new parents to worry, many women also suffer from postpartum anxiety disorders. If you’re pregnant or recently had a baby you may be struggling with anxiety that is interfering with your life. You may be worrying constantly and have a general sense of impending doom. Your body feels physically keyed up, on edge, restless, or panicky (See more about panic attacks).
If you’re prone to perfectionism, you may fall prey to Supermom syndrome, trying to be the perfect mother. Yet, inside you’re left feeling totally helpless and inadequate. You’re used to trying hard and getting good results and just not sure how to navigate this new phase of your life with so many variables out of your control.
You’re struggling to juggle it all, and feel like you’re one step away from your breaking point. The tension is getting to you and you’ve become short-tempered with loved ones. You notice you're trying really hard to control how everyone else interacts with the baby, and it's only creating more friction. You may be worried that something bad is going to happen to your baby, this is also called intrusive thoughts and may be a symptom of postpartum OCD. Postpartum anxiety concerns during the perinatal period are extremely common and highly treatable with evidence- based psychological treatments.
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Reproductive and Birth Trauma in Houston, TX
Was your delivery a scary experience, and played out in ways that you worried for your safety or baby’s? Was baby taken unexpectedly to the NICU? Have you lost multiple pregnancies, or struggled to conceive? Did something unplanned and scary happened during your pregnancy, after you delivered, in the postpartum time, or with your baby? There are a variety of experiences surrounding childbirth that can be experienced as birth trauma.
If you went/are still going through something difficult no need to suffer all alone. I can help. I've worked for years with people who've been through traumatic events, including medical and birth-related trauma. I've been trained and certified in two gold-standard treatments for PTSD based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT): Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
Be the mother, partner, friend, and woman you want to be with quality Postpartum Support in Houston, Texas
Contact me to chat about your reproductive concerns and maternal mental health today. Counseling can help you feel better peace about what is going on during this time. At my online therapy practice, you will be speaking with me Dr. Kristin Calverley, your postpartum support therapist. Additionally, if you're unsure, I offer a free 15-minute, no-obligation consultation to hear about your distress and we can discuss if I’d be the right fit for you. I’m passionate about helping women navigate pregnancy anxiety, postpartum depression, OCD, and stress with calm, compassion, and forgiveness. Find your inner balance, and feel like yourself again.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Inner Balance Psychological Services, PLLC provides specialized reproductive mental health services for women. Services include therapy for postpartum support, postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, pregnancy stress, reproductive trauma, and infant loss.