Perinatal Mental Health
Feeling overwhelmed? Not feeling like yourself?
Perinatal Counseling and Postpartum Therapy for Individuals & Couples Experiencing Mental Health Complications or Parenting-related Stressors.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” — Fred Rogers
Perinatal Mental Health Complications include:
- Pre- & Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss
- Birth Trauma
Learning to adjust to life after a new health diagnosis can be difficult, as can coping with a long-term illness. Sometimes we experience deep feelings of loss, fear, depression, and anxiety as we struggle to find our new normal. We might feel uncertain about sharing our feelings with the people we love, so we simply hold in our feelings and emotions.
Pre- and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Common pre- and postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms include:
- Sadness, hopelessness, crying spells
- Guilt, shame
- Irritability, anger
- Feeling empty or numb
- Lack of interest in baby or not feeling “bonded” with baby
- Feelings of inadequacy or insecurity
- Anxiety, fear
- Dizziness, chest pain, lightheadedness
- Intrusive thoughts and ruminating
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consider talking to your doctor or reaching out to a therapist to find additional perinatal counseling support. Talking to a therapist who specializes in dealing with perinatal issues can be validating, relieving, and enlightening.
Is the path to building your family not going as expected? You may feel sadness, anger, or guilt as months go by without a pregnancy or baby. Coping with the stress and uncertainty of infertility can be overwhelming. It can cause distressing emotions and relationship conflicts. LifePath perinatal counseling therapists can provide space to process and cope with these stressors.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Symptoms of birth trauma include:
- Reliving aspects of the trauma (flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts or images)
- Irritability, hypervigilance
- Avoiding feelings or memories
- Distressing beliefs and feelings (lack of safety or trust in others, blaming self)
Support Throughout the Parenting Journey
We know parenting challenges continue throughout our children’s lives. You may feel conflicted about work-life balance. You and your partner may disagree about parenting strategies. Or you may be a single parent, navigating the responsibilities of parenting on your own. You may even feel guilty for not feeling overjoyed by being a parent. We get it. In fact, we’ve helped parents just like you deal with these feelings. We can help you build more competence and confidence in this “parenting” role. How amazing would it be to feel more like the parent you imagined becoming?
You CAN feel more confident as a parent, regardless of perinatal complications or parenting stressors.
Start Perinatal Counseling for Parents in Chicago, IL
Our perinatal mental health specialists at LifePath Therapy Associates in Chicago are here for you. You can feel more connected to yourself and your family, starting right now.
To begin counseling for parents at any and all stages of life, follow these simple steps:
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Our therapists understand that people face a multitude of unique challenges across the lifespan, and we offer therapy services for grief and loss support, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress and complex trauma, gender and sexuality, maternal mental health, young adults, couples work, family therapy, and caregiver support, as well as many other specialized areas of focus. Reach out today to be matched with the therapist who is the best fit for you!