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How Psychotherapeutic 

Counselling can help at any stage of  your journey to parenthood and beyond.

What is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor?

Psychotherapeutic Counselling is really rather grand name for a qualification gained by someone who is trained to listen to you without judgment or bias and help you find an individual way forward that feels comfortable for you. 

My training means that I offer a variety of different techniques to help you work with any unhelpful feelings that have developed or intensified as part of your journey to early parenthood. 

My training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor started back in 2019 after having worked with many parents during my 20 year career as an Antenatal Course facilitator.   

Three years later, I am now fully qualified and, as my passion for supporting you through birth and early parenting has not waned, it feels like the perfect transition into continuing to offer you vital support with a combination of my vast experience in the world of childbirth together with my skills as talking therapist. I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a member of the BACP.

What I can Help With

Life can be so tough sometimes and our thoughts and emotions overwhelm us.

For some of us, the process of thinking about starting a family, becoming pregnant, the IVF process and all the excitement and disappointment that can bring, creates a variety of emotions and triggers that maybe you were not expecting.   

Sadly some pregnancies end in loss, miscarriage or still birth, and not all babies are born healthy, some face immediate medical care and time in SCBU.  For many parents this is an incredibly stressful time, on the outside you seem to be coping, but the internal turmoil can become unbearable. 

Birth, with the best preparation and awareness very often doesn't go quite to 'plan' and this can leave both parents feeling confused and lost, maybe unable to communicate  how they are feeling and why? A traumatic birth experience can have life long effects on both mum and partner. Being able to reflect on what happened and understand better why, can positively help you make sense of what happened and what it means to you. 

Feeding and caring for a young baby brings its own pressures and challenges, with 85% of new mums experiencing some level of post natal depression and over 30% of new dads and partners also seeking support, you know you are not alone!

If you are struggling with your new role and identity or any of the many other issues around becoming a parent, talking about it in a safe and non judgmental space can help enormously.

Relationships shift and change when a new baby is due or has arrived, this again can create tension and anxiety between parents and the extended family. Talking through how you are feeling and being kind to yourself can really help you settle happily into your new role and enjoy the early weeks and months with your new baby.   

If any of the above resonates with you or you are concerned about someone you love please get in touch.

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Qualifications and Associations

What you need to know. 

Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory

Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic  Counselling Practice 

Three Step Rewind Practitioner 

Associate Counsellor with I'm All Ears Community

Accredited Member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) 

Member of the BPAC 

Specialising in your mental health during fertility treatment, IVF, unplanned pregnancy, termination, baby loss, miscarriage, becoming a single parent, gay and lesbian parents, surrogacy, labour, birth, post natal depression, expectations, birth trauma, early parenting , attachment and relationships and changing identity, phobias and child hood or past experiences are just examples of where counselling can help.   Please get in touch to arrange an initial chat. 

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