Postnatal Depression

counselling for postnatal depression


Counselling for Post Natal Depression

I have a wealth of experience and have developed a specialism in counselling mothers with postnatal depression.  Having experienced Postnatal Depression myself I understand the fear of talking to someone and how consuming this condition can be. I integrate a person-centred approach with attachment theory to provide counselling and psychotherapy to promote security, self-esteem and foster self-acceptance and self-development to reconcile the sense-of-loss.

Postnatal depression – what does that mean?

Societal expectations depict motherhood as a serene, happy and natural experience. This may not be how you are experiencing becoming a Mum.

Postnatal depression affects around 15% of women and is the most prevalent psychological complication of childbirth and can compromise mother-baby bonding, this in turn can cause further distress and sometimes feelings of guilt.

Postnatal Depression can develop gradually or spontaneously and there is no fixed timescale for onset.

Postnatal depression is often accompanied by some of these feelings

  • A sense of loss both physically and emotionally
  • Emotional
  • Feelings of self-doubt or worthlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Finding it hard to cope
  • Irritable and/or angry
  • Feeling indifferent or hostile towards your husband/partner or baby

You may be experiencing

  • Lack of concentration
  • Interrupted or disturbed sleep
  • Unable to sleep
  • Poor appetite
  • lack interest in sex
  • Thoughts around death.

Having a baby involves a stressful event, and requires a total change of role, body-image and loss of identity. Many women share that motherhood brought a sense of loss of their former self, resulting in a deep grief reaction.   Losses diminish our assumptions about the world and our sense of self, a normal reaction to loss is grief. Many women have conveyed that the sense of grief evoked feelings of fear, anger, denial and anxiety.

Many of these feelings can be frightening, particularly if you are having thoughts about harming yourself or your baby. You may feel unable to share these thoughts and feelings for fear of losing the baby. This can lead to further isolation and pain.

How can counselling or psychotherapy for postnatal depression help?

Talking about these feelings to a professional will help to make sense of them and dissolve the accompanying stress and panic. Feeling supported and not judged can facilitate more rational thought process and enable understanding.

Don’t suffer in silence any longer – contact me today!