Breaking the Chains of Perfectionism: A Path to Emotional Well-being for Mothers

Motherhood is a journey filled with joy, love, and a profound sense of responsibility. It’s a role that many women cherish, but it can also be overwhelming at times. As a mental health therapist who specializes in helping mothers navigate the emotional challenges related to motherhood, I’ve seen firsthand how perfectionism can take a toll […]

Treating Symptoms of Postpartum Depression with Social Support & Connection

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common mental health condition that affects many new mothers. It can be caused by hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and the stress of adjusting to life with a new baby. While postpartum depression can be a serious condition that requires medical attention, there are also several non-medical strategies that can help […]

“Enough”

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to pose a question to you. How often does the fear of “scarcity”, of not having or doing enough drive your decisions and guide your emotions? Did I do enough? Was I a good enough mother? Did I show up enough for my family and […]

The many, many costs of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding isn’t free — and it isn’t a solution to the national baby formula shortage. By Aubrey Hirsch, Vox “According to estimates by Inc. Contributor, Amy Nelson, the amount of time spent breast-feeding in a year is nearly equivalent to the hours worked in a full-time job. Only there’s no pay. When you tell lactating parents […]

Recommended Readings for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting and often overwhelming time full of change, anticipation, and for many – some pretty uncomfortable physical sensations. For anyone looking for emotionally attuned literature that is also grounded in research, check out the recommended readings below! “There is no right or wrong way to be pregnant, to become a mother, to […]

Recommended Readings for the 4th Trimester

Once the baby is born, the last thing you probably have on your mind is finding time to sit down with a good book. The first 3 months after birth can feel like a whirlwind, but it can also be a time to practice slowing down. Reading can be a wonderful coping tool to manage […]

Losing Myself – Surviving PPD Again

“Having a baby is a psychological revolution that changes our relation to almost everything and everyone.” –Esther Perel Only once in my life have I experienced the type of suffering that I did after my daughter’s birth.  And that was when I first became a mother.  I thought perhaps I’d be spared from postpartum depression […]

Hormones – what’s happening in my body?

I often hear women sharing their experience of feeling “out of control” during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Of course there are many contributing factors to the ups and downs experienced during this time, but hormones have a lot to do with it. They function like your body’s chemical communication system, traveling through your […]

Dialectical Thinking for Moms

Dialectical thinking is a concept that comes from Dialectical behavior therapy (or DBT), a treatment developed by psychologist Marsha Lineha Is it a spoon or a fork? It’s a spoon AND a fork…It’s a spork!  I’m always looking for easy-to-understand ways to explain “dialectical thinking”. This type of thinking is intended to support us when […]