The journey to parenthood is one of the most powerful and gratifying experiences we can have, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming, depleting, and potentially traumatic.
We support clients at various stages of parenthood – there is no time limit on when you are worthy or deserving of support. We also recognize that the perinatal period can uniquely impact the mental health and wellbeing of 2SLGBTQIA+ people and those from other underserved communities, such as those with disabilities, experiencing weight discrimination or experiencing racism.
Perinatal mental health concerns affect between 10 and 20 percent of pregnant women and new mothers, and the non-child-bearing parent can experience problems as well. It is estimated that 10 percent of fathers experience perinatal mental health challenges. Particularly for those with a history of mental illness, whether during their reproductive years or not, relapse is common at this life stage.
Many people are ashamed to admit they are struggling with perinatal concerns, largely due to cultural perceptions about how they should feel during this period. However, know that these concerns are common and you are not alone.
Perinatal counselling provides a safe and accepting space in which to feel heard and understood in the difficulties that come with the perinatal period. It can also help you to understand the factors that may be contributing to your experience so that they can be addressed. It can help you grieve losses, reconstruct your identity, adjust relationships, address trauma, and develop tools for anxiety and stress resilience.
Our hope is to help you adjust to parenthood so that it can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Monarch Psychology offers individual counselling both in-person and online with a free 15- minute phone consultation.