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Perinatal Mental Health
Counselling & Therapy, Cardiff

Antenatal

Pregnancy is not always an easy time, there can be anxiety, apprehension, painful memories from a previous traumatic experience of labour, miscarriage or still birth.  I offer a safe space to talk about any concerns, worries or feelings that you might have about birth, the post partum period or early parenthood.

If you have experienced any womb related trauma or loss, you might be finding it difficult to relax and feel ‘at home’ in your body. I will listen to your concerns and suggest techniques to reduce any distressing symptoms to help you feel comfortable and able to bond with your pregnancy and bump. 

Pregnancy related losses

After a womb related loss, women need deep care, deep rest and plenty of compassion to recuperate emotionally and physically.  Avoiding the sad reality of loss denies women the right to feel and heal.  Women need access to safe spaces to  talk  and make sense of their feelings and responses. Loss can feel vulnerable but it is not a personal fault or failure. Women essentially need time to rest their body, receive empathy and  restore their energy. Sometimes, women feel under pressure to conceive straight away or  worry that they never can again.  Some women need  support to put their experience  to rest and move on. For all these reasons, women benefit from having therapy .

I offer one to one sessions and group therapeutic programmes for women. My approach is informed by a mindful, compassionate, trauma aware method .

Pregnancy Crisis

Having an abortion is a difficult decision that many women have to consider at some stage in their lives, often without very much time or support. An abortion can be a solution that brings relief to a highly stressful situation, but it can also be a sad decision, and a difficult  one to deal with. 
For women who seek independent , non judgemental and non denominational  counselling , I offer help for women to make their decision as well as post abortion recovery support.

Postnatal:

Sleepless nights, feeding responsibilities and intensive caring for a baby can place a great deal of strain on the body and mind. The new challenges facing women, men & couples can trigger relational conflict and bonding difficulties. Sometimes the pain of past traumatic events comes flooding back to interfere with the joys of parenthood.

I hold the space for women and couples to come either by themselves or with their baby. Therapy can help you understand what is happening, to recalibrate your nervous system, and give you strength to meet the new challenges of parenthood.  It gives you a voice to work through any concerns, worries and painful feelings, if you are a couple, it can help you understand what you are facing and work through any conflict happening between you.  We also look at stabilizing distressing symptoms (eg insomnia, burnout, anxiety).

If you come with your baby, I can introduce mindful yoga and touch skills to support you to connect with your baby and soothe his/her distress. You can explore ways to ease mental tension and emotional over whelm and get you in touch with your parenting resources and wisdom.