Perinatal Mental Health & Parenting Support
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
You’re a long way from the excitement and joy that you felt when you discovered you were pregnant – there is a huge reality gap between the idea of motherhood that you imagined and the reality that you are living. In a world that expects mothers to be superwomen, it’s hard to admit that you can’t do everything, and, sometimes, even managing the basics seems impossible. You may feel alone and questioning why you are not feeling "bonded" with your baby. You may be grieving a birth or breastfeeding experience that did not go the way you hoped and left wounds that need to be healed. You might also be feeling disconnected from your partner due to the upheaval that new parenthood can bring.
You would love to spend time with your child feeling joy and connection, instead of anxiety, regret, or resentment. I can help you regain your trust in your own instincts and provide you with concrete strategies to manage the challenges that often accompany motherhood so that you can begin to enjoy this precious (and challenging!) time. I am Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International, I trained in Infant Mental Health at SickKids Hospital, and my work as an IBCLC allows me to integrate mental health care with a breast/chestfeeding friendly approach according to your goals.
You don't have to be a perfect parent to have a strong attachment with your kids! As a mother of three, I have first-hand experience with the challenges of managing a family and supporting children to be their best selves. As a long-time facilitator of parenting groups, I understand the uniqueness of each family’s situation and that there is no “one size fits all” solution. In individual therapy, I work with parents from an attachment-based perspective that respects the needs of all members of the family, and that prioritizes strong relationships as the foundation of meaningful change.
I currently co-facilitate parenting support groups that integrate mindfulness, self-compassion, information about neuroscience and emotional regulation, and skills to guide behaviours, with the intention of enhancing connection and reducing conflict between parent and child. To learn more, or sign up for our next group, please visit www.parentingwithconnection.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have the instincts to heal yourself. Psychotherapy provides the empathic space for you to discover your path to wellness.
You are the expert on your own life. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process that honours your wisdom and experience.
I have spent the last ten years working as a counsellor in the areas of sexual health, sexual assault/trauma, breastfeeding and new parent support. I have a Master’s in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto as well as specialized training in trauma therapy and perinatal mental health. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO and a member of the OAMHP.
How Can I Help You?
As a psychotherapist, I work from a client-centred perspective, providing a safe environment for you to make meaning out of your own experiences and discover your best path forward. My background in feminist counselling and social justice work means that our work may consider how your own experiences and behaviour are influenced by the social systems that you exist in and how to address social barriers in order for you to thrive in your environment.
Values Statement & Land Acknowledgement
As a mental health professional, I am committed to inclusion, equity, social justice, LGBTQII2A rights, #blacklivesmatter and #indigenouslivesmatter.
I acknowledge that I am a settler, living and working on Indigenous lands. The territory of Tkaronto includes the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and the Wendat. I acknowledge them and any other Nations who care for the land as the past, present and future caretakers of this land. I recognize that I simultaneously participate in and benefit from a system of ongoing colonial oppression, and that I have a responsibility to challenge this system.