What is Perinatal and Postnatal Counselling?
Perinatal usually refers to pregnancy and the early weeks after birth. This may be a time of vulnerability for some women and can be associated with emotional and psychological difficulties which can benefit from psychological support. The postnatal period also appears to be associated with emotional and psychological difficulties for some women and families, and this too is a time where psychological support can be helpful.
What are the symptoms of Perinatal and Postnatal Depression?
- Development or re-emergence of depression or anxiety
- Difficulty adjusting to pregnancy and/or parenthood
- Anxiety about the birth process
- Increased levels of stress
- Severe changes in perception of body image
- Difficulty coping with complications/circumstances surrounding the birth (such as premature birth or birth trauma)
- Low parental confidence
- Inability to adjust to changes in family roles and relationships.
How Seed Psychology can help
Our psychologists will work with you to improve your emotional skills in managing this life adjustment, mood, anxiety, stress, and body image. We will help you to gain new skills in managing stress, improve your confidence in parenting, and develop strategies to maintain and improve upon your family relationships and marriage.
What are the treatment options for Perinatal and Postnatal Depression?
The positive news is that your depression can be treated, and your adjustment to motherhood greatly improved. Your consulting psychologist will conduct a psychological assessment and utilise one or more of the following psychological therapies to treat your depression and improve your quality of life.
Supportive-Expressive Therapy to assist with exploring and working through difficult thoughts and emotions
Understand your psychological difficulties and learn specific skills to improve your mental health (such as improved communication skills, and assertiveness training)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Learn new ways to change how you understand, manage and act upon your emotions
Learn new skills to problem-solve difficult situations that cause you stress and anxiety
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Learn skills to assist you to cope with difficult thoughts and emotions as they arise, through distancing and acceptance
Explore and understand your values and core beliefs, and commit to values-based living
Learn to accept your uncomfortable or painful thoughts, emotions, and sensations and to reduce your struggle with them
Learn to become more in touch with the present moment