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1:1 Counselling in Harrogate & Online

Does this sound like you?

> You’re not enjoying motherhood like you thought you might and that brings feelings of guilt or shame.

 

>You’ve felt low for a while, and you're tired of it.

 

>You may struggle with your patience, towards your children, partner or others. 

>You’ve lost interest in, or simply don't have time for the things that normally bring you joy.

 

>You feel so tired you’re not sure how you get through the day.

 

>You might struggle to concentrate and making decisions feels hard.

 

>When you look at other mums you might feel like you're not good enough.

 

>You may feel resentful towards your partner.

 

>You might have thoughts that make you feel anxious.

 

>You just want to feel like ‘you’ again.

You do not need to be in the first year post birth to seek support for this, so often we put things off or accept things as the new normal and that could mean your children are older before you feel ready or know you need it.

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Imagine how it would feel to enjoy a balanced and fulfilled life.

Imagine having some time to yourself without feeling guilty

Imagine taking last minute changes and delays in your stride.

Imagine knowing, and being able to confidently tell yourself, that you are the best mum for your children.

Imagine being able to sleep peacefully, free from anxious thoughts or worries.

Imagine getting back to hobbies and activities you used to enjoy and actually enjoying them.

Imagine being able to be present for yourself and your children.

Imagine being able to respond sensitively to your children rather than reacting with your own emotions.

Imagine being able to tell your partner how you feel, what you need and not simmering with resentment towards them.

Imagine looking at your life and thinking 'this is me, this is my life and it feels good'.

Statistics on Postnatal Mental Health

You're not alone, up to 27% of new mums access support for their mental health. 52% of mums feel they lost their own sense of identity. The number of those who struggle with it and don't seek help is no doubt higher.  

Risk factors for postnatal mental health struggles

There are so many and some mums may not have any of them. They can include: hormonal triggers, history of depression or anxiety, traumatic birth experience or past trauma, lack of emotional support, traits of perfectionism or people pleasing, new insight to your own upbringing. 

Does postnatal mental health issues mean I can't care for my child?

Absolutely not. Struggling in this period is not your fault and it does not mean you don't love or can't care for your child. The very fact you're reading this means you need something to change and that shows how much you care.

How does postnatal counselling help?

Using a combination of psychotherapies (Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic, CBT and Compassion Focused Therapy) and current research on the neuroscience of motherhood, we'll explore the hidden parts of your identity that are struggling with this significant life change. Together we'll gently explore your difficult emotions, liberate you from the beliefs that are holding you down and reframe negative thoughts, so that you are free to live your life with balance and fulfilment. 

After postnatal counselling you will have:

✔ Gained an understanding of how you’re feeling and why you have these feelings.

✔ Organised your thoughts and addressed them one at a time, freeing you from constant negative cycles

✔ A new awareness of your triggers and an understanding of how to work with and minimise the effect they have.

✔ Developed stronger self esteem & confidence both in motherhood and as an individual.

✔ Developed compassion for yourself, and increased your ability to be kind to yourself even when life throws you challenges.

✔ Learnt new skills and tools to help you challenge unhelpful thinking patterns that previously had you sinking into a low mood.

✔ Made sustainable life changes to enhance your wellbeing and maintain balance.

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