Mental Health Support

here at reframing birth, i understand that mental health conditions affect 1 in 4 of the general population and approximately 1 in 8 new parents. that is a lot of people. you may not necessarily have been diagnosed with a mental heath condition, yet you may still feel something is not quite right. this is where i can help. my gentle and compassionate approach towards improving your mental health really can make all the difference to your life. i know it takes some strength to take the first steps, so feel free to contact me when you are ready. we can take it slowly, in your own time. i am here for you. all my training has been undertaken with traumatic birth recovery.

your mental health matters. i know, that sometimes, birth doesn't go the way you intended.

sometimes, birth can appear perfectly 'normal' to everyone else, yet you are left feeling out of control, traumatised or unheard. or perhaps it was an emergency and a complete whirlwind for you.

you feel like you don't want to think about it, but it is all you can think about. you go round and round, wanting to talk, but wanting to run. i can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. it is a normal response to trauma, but normal doesn't mean you have to keep it all inside.

you can only look back thinking negative thoughts and you just want someone to listen to you, to work out what happened and feel validated.

maybe you had your baby only a few months ago,or  perhaps it was years  maybe you are pregnant again. the thought of giving birth again only triggers these negative emotions.

what you experienced cannot be changed, but it can be acknowledged. lets talk. i will give you all the space you need to say as much or as little as you like about your birth experience. you will feel heard, validated and in control. this discussion will be undertaken in a sensitive way, avoiding any potential triggers.

i will use a trusted 3 step technique which involves the following stages:

  1. understanding your birth experience

  2. understanding how it affects your life

  3. looking to the future

we can create a plan for your upcoming birth if you are pregnant again and if you aren't, then a plan to support you in a positive way going forward into whatever life gives you next. this service aims to provide you with some relief, coping strategies and take the weight off your shoulders. as i said, we can't change what happened, but we can acknowledge it.

this reflective session will take place in the comfort of your own home or via zoom, where you feel most comfortable and your birth partner is able to join if they wish.

This is the first step to all of the following treatment packages or can be used as a stand alone session.

investment: £30 per hour 

pregnancy, birth and postnatal reflections

Support for Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is a mental health condition occuring after birth, which affects up to 30% of new parents.

it can cause symptoms such as loss of interest, hopelessness, not being able to cope, crying all the time, anger, excessive anxiety about the baby, panic attacks, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, low mood and these are just a few of the debilitating effects.

anyone can experience these symptoms, but you may be more likely to have postnatal depression if you have:

 

  • a traumatic birth experience

  • had depression or another mental health condition previously or it runs in your family

  • a lack of support around you

  • ever experienced abuse

  • you have had difficult experiences in your life or pregnancy 

it can be difficult to recognise the signs or you may not want to reach out for support due to fear of judgement, guilt or you don't feel you are worthy of support.

you may feel like you will never get any relief from this.

i am offering a support service for people who have been diagnosed with postnatal depression or are experiencing symptoms withot a diagnosis.

this involves a minimum of 3 sessions with me, sometimes more. i will allow your story to be heard and then use a self-compassionate approach to support you in reframing your thoughts. a self compassionate approach is one where you bring kindness to yuor thoughts, rather than meeting them with judgement and criticism.

session 1 - 60 minutes: hearing your story and validating your thoughts (as detailed above in the birth reflections)

Session 2 - 60 minutes: introducing self compassion, mindfulness and relaxation

Session 3 - 60 minutes: recognising negative thinking styles and how life would change if they didn't exist

this approach is suitable for anyone in the first year of parenthood and is not an alternative to therapy. You can choose to seek support elsewhere if needed and continue to take anti-depressants whilst working with me. it is more of a support service which aims to probvide you with the tools and space to begin recognising how harmful your own thoughts can be and ways to neutralise them with self compassion.

sessions are held via zoom.

investment: £110 for 3 sessions and  £30 per hour for subsequent sessions if needed

Support for Perinatal anxiety

 

perinatal anxiety is a form of anxiety occuring during pregnancy and /or up to 1 year after birth. it can affect up to 20% of pregnant people and new parents. anxiety is usually deep rooted in a fear of the future, whereas depression is associated with the past and you may experience symptoms such as panic attacks, increased heart rate, catastrophising thoughts, feeling on edge, excessive worry about the future and a want to control the environment or others.

i am offering a support service for people who have been diagnosed with perinatal anxiety or are experiencing symptoms withot a diagnosis.

this involves a minimum of 3 sessions with me, sometimes more. i will allow your story to be heard and then use forms of relaxation and understanding your body to reduce the physical and psychological impact of anxiety feelings and thinking.

session 1 - 60 minutes: hearing your story and validating your thoughts (as detailed above in the reflections session)

Session 2 - 60 minutes: how your body works and introducing relaxation

Session 3 - 60 minutes: listening to where you are at and what else you need, to support you moving forward

sessions are held via zoom.

investment: £110 for 3 sessions and  £30 per hour for subsequent sessions if needed

Coming soon.. birth trauma 3 step rewind and Care following the loss of your baby

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