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WOMEN'S COUNSELLING

WOMEN'S COUNSELLING IN EDMONTON

In a society that says "put yourself last", self-love and self-acceptance are almost revolutionary. - Brené Brown

As a woman, you are probably noticing all the pressures of life. You give to those around you, leaving little time for yourself. You may even feel burnt out, fatigued, worried, lost, or just not your best self. You are not alone.

As a woman-owned practice, we understand how difficult it can be to adjust to the many challenges that we as women are faced with. We are passionate about helping you learn how to navigate life's stressors and find yourself again. We know what is helpful and what isn't. We want to empower you to become the best, most confident version of yourself!

Get help with:

  • Confidence
  • Boundaries
  • Fatigue/Low Energy
  • Emotion Management
  • Infertility
  • Life Balance
  • Miscarriage & Loss
  • Motherhood Adjustment
  • Perfectionism
  • Perinatal Disorders
  • Self-care
  • Self-esteem & Self-love
  • Stress Management
  • Worry

COUNSELLING FOR WOMEN

HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP

Your counselling sessions will be unique to your specific goals, depending on what you are struggling with in your life at the time. By working with a therapist you will begin to understand yourself better, learn to accept and love yourself more, and foster a healthier relationship with yourself. You will ultimately learn how to nourish your mind, body and soul so that you can feel recharged and energized, while balancing your various life roles. 

Benefits of counselling for women:

  • have expert guidance on navigating life stressors
  • learn practical tools to manage your worry & decrease stress in your life
  • have a safe space to process your emotions & experiences
  • gain an understanding of your symptoms
  • boost your confidence & self-esteem
  • restore your relationships
  • feel more grounded & calm
  • reconnect with your values & goals
  • achieve balance in your overall life
  • learn to love & accept yourself again

Perinatal Mental Health

The perinatal period is comprised of the time before gestation, during pregnancy, and all the way to about one year after the birth of the child. During this time, certain mood concerns can arise and unfortunately, some can be easily missed due to the stigma around mental health. Stats Canada indicated that close to one in four of ALL parents are at risk, with only about 15% of those impacted will receive treatment.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS):

PMADS encompass a number of clinical mental health concerns such as:

  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Postpartum PTSD
  • Panic disorder
  • Postpartum Psychosis

 

Baby Blues, which differs from the rest as it is non-clinical, may also arise especially in the first few weeks postpartum due to the drastic hormonal changes and sleep deprivation. Although PMADS generally shares the symptoms seen in “regular” (i.e. non-postpartum) clinical concerns, the significant element that distinguishes one from the other is its association to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

Risk Factors for PMADS:

  • History of depression and anxiety
  • Complications anytime during the perinatal period
  • Financial stress
  • Unwanted or unplanned pregnancies
  • Medical conditions
  • Little to no support from a partner and/or family

Symptoms of PMADS:

  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Crying and persistent sadness
  • Lack of interest in the baby
  • Having scary and unwanted thoughts
  • Feelings of anger and irritability
  • Significant changes in sleep and appetite

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to alleviate PMADS such as attending therapy, taking medication, keeping a healthy and balanced diet, getting adequate physical activity, receiving support from your partner and/or family, and incorporating yoga and mindfulness.

In therapy, perinatal mental health can be approached through one or a combination of the following frameworks: behavioral, body-based, trauma and somatic based, existential or spiritual, psychodynamic, and relational cultural. The therapist may also incorporate pieces from other modalities as they see fit for the individual and their concerns.

References:
Scobie, O. & Grynpas, N. (2022, April 22). Perinatal Mental Health [PowerPoint]. Canadian Perinatal Mental Health, East York, ON, Canada.

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