The capacity to facilitate meaningful connections for women and their children was not only pivotal to my work as a midwife, but in studying psychology. The long term effects of healthy attachment for children to a parent who is also well nurtured and supported is paramount to long term health for both. The implications of supporting this connection can be seen in the capacity for these children to form meaningful relationships later in life, for their own mental health. Essentially the help and support we give our families becomes the mental health and parenting legacy we leave those children with.
My goal is to ensure parents get the support they need from the beginning. Processing our own trauma, mental health issues, birth trauma, and helping ourselves enables us to be better parents. However, challenging times occur throughout the life of a family, not just at the threshold of parenthood.
My counselling services will also be tailored to help parents and children cope with other life challenges including : coping with challenging behaviour, recent or suspected diagnosis of special needs, loss, childhood trauma, divorce, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
My services have expanded to include couples and people seeking counselling unrelated to parenthood.
Clinic sessions are tailored to the individual need of the clients. A biopsychosocial approach acknowledges the unique biological, social, and mental health histories, epigenetics, and current life circumstances that culminates in our present sense of well being.