I offer therapy and parenting workshops to help new parents strengthen their relationships to themselves, to each other, and to their baby.
Parenthood is a lot of things -- but one thing it isn’t is easy.
Becoming a mother is painted to be such a heartwarming, beautiful experience. People’s social media profiles showcase the highlights of being a new parent: the monthly milestone photos, snuggly naps, and adorable giggles.
But, as you already know, the reality of being a new parent is usually much, much different. Of course, it’s not all bad. There are sweet, meaningful moments. Sometimes, you may even be overcome with joy (or maybe not -- and that’s okay, too). But there’s no denying that parenting a child is hard work (whether you’re a biological parent, adoptive parent, or foster parent). You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys every minute of parenthood. And acknowledging that it’s hard, or not what you expected it to be, does not make you a bad parent. Actually, it makes you a great parent. By acknowledging the hardships of parenting, you can get the support you need and create the healthiest emotional environment for your baby to grow up in. That takes a lot of courage.
I offer individual and couples’ therapy for new moms (and parents of all genders) to help people who are facing these exact issues. I hold a safe space for you to explore your true feelings about being a parent, without any fear of being judged.
Together, we can strengthen your relationship with both yourself and with your baby. We’ll take a deep dive into your thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a new parent, and prepare you to cope with all of the ups and downs that parenthood brings.
If nothing else, therapy can be the one place in the world where you’re allowed to fall apart. A place where you can be gentle and forgiving with yourself, instead of holding yourself to such a high standard.
I have intensive professional experience, including in hospitals and in private practice, supporting all types of new parents. As a medical social worker in the NICU department at Broward Health Hospital, I started and co-facilitated a support group for families who’d had traumatic birth experiences. I was also the department leader in supporting parents who had experienced a loss (like the loss of a pregnancy or a baby). I’ve been part of multiple hospital committees including Pediatric Bio-Ethics, Pediatric Bereavement and Breastfeeding Task Force, been the clinical director of a foster care agency, and more.
In other words, there is nothing that will scare me or make me judge you. I understand deeply that parenthood isn’t always the warm and fuzzy experience it’s depicted to be. But I also know that it can get better.
I use a person-centered therapy approach with new parents, which allows me to take into account all of the strengths and resources you already have at your disposal that can support you through your parenting journey. I'm also highly trained in evidence-based practices that are effective for treating postpartum depression and other mood disorders (including cognitive- behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based therapy).
Here are some common things I’ve heard from my clients who are new parents:
If you're facing any of these issues, or any other parenting-related issue, I am ready to support you.
Parenting is hard for everyone, and you deserve support through this process. Get in touch with me today to schedule a free consultation.