Therapy and counselling has been found to be effective in treating post-partum depression.
What is Post-Partum Depression?
Post-Partum Depression (PPD) is a prolonged and serious depression following the birth of a baby, a miscarriage, or a still-birth. It is deeper than the “baby blues” which tend to ease after a few weeks. Post-partum depression affects up to 20% of new mothers. Women who are suffering from PPD struggle with feelings of sadness, inadequacy, guilt, irritability, exhaustion and anxiety. You may feel hopeless and profoundly alone. You may notice that you get angry very quickly. You can feel unable to control your moods. Your relationship can suffer and PPD can also damage mother-baby bonding. . Having PPD can strongly interfere with your sense of well-being in the first months of your child’s life.
Early diagnosis and treatment shortens the course of this condition. Working with a caring and trained therapist can help you through this difficult time.
I began my career as a Registered Midwife and worked in Ontario providing women with prenatal, labour and birth, and post-partum care. My approach is one that draws on my knowledge of the transition to parenthood and the physiological and psychological adaptation to this time in your life. Therapy includes individual sessions, sessions with you and your baby and, if applicable, sessions with your partner.