Pregnancy, early parenthood but also issues around fertility and pregnancy loss experienced by a couple can bring up a lot of difficult thoughts, feelings and conflicts which are not always easy to manage on one's own.
Sometimes we may develop symptoms such as low mood, depression and anxiety, but also more serious underlying issues can be triggered, such as postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis.
Very often, pregnancy and early motherhood can reactivate past conflicts in a new mother or father of issues which haven't been resolved. For example they may bring to the fore a complex or difficult relationship to their own family of origin; or a couple may start having difficulties adjusting to their new roles as parents and the stress this may put on the relationship. For some women, the changes in their body image that come during and after pregnancy may trigger anxiety and feelings of low self-esteem, especially if there is a history of issues around food and dieting.
Becoming a mother or a father is tied to a set of emotional demands and strains placed on ourselves. As such, there may be a need for a new parent to find a compass of what it means to be a parent that is their own rather than that of their own parents or what society around them dictates. Seeing a therapist who can work with these issues can help one address those issues and enable the individual to find their own unique way of being a parent.
I have lot of experience working privately and on the NHS with people experiencing perinatal mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. As a bereavement counsellor, I worked with mothers experiencing pregnancy loss, helping them with the complex grief that often accompanies this kind of loss. I also have long-term experience treating people with eating disorders, having worked for 3 years at an NHS eating disorders hospital as a psychotherapist (and currently in private practice).
I currently work as a psychotherapist at 'Bubble and Speak', a 'Maison Verte' type of drop-in session for 0-4 year olds and their parents and carers.
These 'green houses' were initiated by French psychoanalyst Francoise Dolto in the 70's. They aim at providing a containing 'social space' for parents and their children to play and socialize while being able to talk to the psychotherapists about issues and conflicts arising from the transition to early parenthood.
My approach to therapy is psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and involves trying to understand and address difficulties by increasing awareness of the more underlying aspects that lead to the development of symptoms. I will start by being curious and listening carefully at what brought you to therapy: the moments that marked your life, your relationship to others and the issues that may be making life hard for you. By exploring their concerns in such a rigorous and open way with someone they can trust, people can make deeper, more lasting changes, and can find creative solutions to their concerns.
- Member of the London Society of the New Lacanian School
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling, Birkbeck, University of London
- MA in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society, Brunel University, London
- Training in Bereavement Counselling, CELBS, Bart's and the London NHS Trust
- BSc(Hons)in Psychology, Deree, The American College of Greece
Duration: 50 minutes
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