How I can help
Support for parents in the perinatal period
The transition to parenthood is a time of enormous adjustment and change. It can be an exciting experience, but very often parents can feel overwhelmed, anxious and like they are struggling to cope. Mothers and fathers can feel like they are failing if they are struggling, and it can therefore feel very difficult to ask for help or let people know that you’re not ok.
I offer psychological therapy to mothers and fathers during the perinatal phase, including for people experiencing anxiety and/or low mood during pregnancy or after their baby is born, following a traumatic birth experience or when their baby has additional health needs or has required neonatal hospital care. I also offer bereavement support to parents and other family members when their baby has died.
Support for children, young people and parents
I provide therapeutic support to children, young people and parents. Sometimes I work with a whole family together and sometimes with children or young people individually. Often parents find it helpful to have sessions on their own to explore the challenges they experience in their roles as parents, or because they would like support to help their child without involving their child directly in therapy.
I offer a flexible approach and we might agree a combination of types of work, depending on the difficulties you are experiencing and your preferences.
I am able to help with the following:
Support for mothers and fathers during the perinatal period
- Emotional challenges during and after pregnancy
- Loss, miscarriage or fertility difficulties
- Adjustment when becoming a parent, including post-natal depression and anxiety
- Support following a difficult or traumatic birth experience.
Coping with physical illness:
- Helping families to find a way of talking with children about their own or someone else’s health condition
- Coping with the emotional impact of physical illness (for children and parents)
- Helping children, young people and parents to adapt to physical health treatments.
Bereavement support for children and parents
- Support for children and parents after a bereavement
- Support for parents whose baby or child has died.
Challenges with everyday functioning such as:
- Toileting (e.g. constipation, withholding, soiling, or wetting)
- Feeding and eating difficulties
- Sleep difficulties.
Support for children and young people experiencing:
- Anxious feelings, panic attacks, phobias or stress
- Low mood
- Angry feelings
- Traumatic experience