We’re told having a baby is the “happiest time in our lives”. But, for some mothers, it may not feel that way. That’s where postpartum counseling comes into play. Women often are afraid to admit it. They don’t want people to know they’re having “scary thoughts” or feeling anxious or depressed. New mothers wrestling with this experience might fear someone will think they’re incapable of taking care of a child.
Improving Maternal Mental Health is a Growing Concern
Of course, you’re capable, and you’re not alone in this struggle. Thousands of women each year struggle with similar feelings.
Speaking up and seeking help is the best way to start to feel like yourself again.
- mood swings
- crying spells
- difficulty sleeping
Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Maternal Mental Health and Pregnancy
There are many names for the mental health issues that women experience both during pregnancy and postpartum. The clinical term is “perinatal mood disorders.” We like to use the broad term “maternal mental health” because most people know what that means. With postpartum counseling, we are able to address all of these issues in a clear way.
In our society we often use the term “postpartum depression,” but that does not encompass the other disorders that women can experience during pregnancy and postpartum. An example would be anxiety or bipolar disorder. Many of these disorders that women experience are not talked about and there are many reasons why.
What if Pregnancy or Being a New Mom Isn’t What You Thought It Would Be?
Society tells women that having a baby should be the “happiest time of your life.” So when it is not, women are afraid to admit it. Women are afraid to tell others they are having “scary thoughts”. Of course, they don’t want anyone thinking they aren’t capable of taking care of their infant. There are many reasons why women don’t seek help and these are just a few.
Fortunately, healthcare providers are realizing how important it is to screen women for mental health issues in pregnancy and postpartum. Here in Lancaster County, the largest hospital that delivers babies will begin screening women at the time of discharge for postpartum depression. Also, other pediatrician offices have told me they plan to screen mothers who are bringing in their newborns for well-visits.
Where Can You Go For Help with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?
All moms deserve support. At Move Forward Counseling, we hope to be a valuable resource for women experiencing maternal mental health disorders. Our therapists are experts in maternal mental health. We provide therapy and work collaboratively with the mother’s doctor to make sure she is receiving the best care she can to get better. Next, read this blog post about our journey to offering this specialty.
The best practice for working with women who are experiencing a perinatal mood disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. These are two types of therapy our therapists have the experience and training to offer. Of course, we also have specialized training to work with women in pregnancy and postpartum.
The Move Forward Counseling Approach to Postpartum Counseling
At Move Forward we have the training to help women experiencing these difficulties overcome. We provide therapy, and we work collaboratively with the woman’s doctor to make sure she is receiving the best care she can. For postpartum counseling, we use interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help a new mother cope. To adjust to her new circumstances in a safe, healthy way, and to change her thinking to focus more on what’s positive.
You do not have to struggle on your own. With a little help from a Move Forward counselor, you’ll feel like you again and help prepare you for the joys and challenges of motherhood. If you have more questions about our therapy services for women experiencing a maternal mental health issue, please contact us.
Begin Maternal Mental Health and Postpartum Counseling in Lancaster, PA
Working with a maternal mental health specialist is just a few simple steps away. So, you can get help for postpartum anxiety. Or, counseling for postpartum depression. Whatever you need to feel more connected to your baby. So, visit with a professional therapist in our Lancaster, PA mental health clinic, or wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Pennsylvania. To get started, simply:
- Contact our administrative assistant to set up your first appointment
- Meet with a professional, maternal mental health specialist
- Begin feeling more confident as a mother and connected to your baby
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
Postpartum counseling, maternal mental health and pregnancy services aren’t all we offer in our Lancaster therapy offices. First, we can offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. Additionally, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression treatment, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. Furthermore, our therapists provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, caregiver stress, and infertility counseling. Finally, we help teens, twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!