Postnatal Depression Counselling For Parents
Having a baby is joyful, but it can come with many challenges, including postnatal depression. Even though it might not seem like it, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I offer postnatal depression counselling for parents in the Albury Wodonga region, helping them adjust to their new role as a parent.
I use gentle yet effective strategies to help parents improve and strengthen their mental well-being. During sessions, we participate in gentle talk therapy together, a technique designed to help you feel supported and secure in your new role as a parent. Reach out to me today.
What is Postnatal Depression?
Postnatal depression, sometimes called postpartum depression, is a type of depression that affects new parents. Studies show it can affect both parents, with 1-5 women at risk and 1-10 men.
Postnatal (or paternal) depression is often caused by the overwhelming life changes that come with having a baby. While many new mums experience “baby blues” a few days after giving birth due to hormonal changes, this is not the same as postnatal depression. I recommend considering postnatal counselling if you experience “baby blues” symptoms for 14 days or longer.
While postnatal depression varies from person to person, some common symptoms include:
Feeling sad, hopeless, inadequate, or guilty
Constantly worrying about the future
Loss of interest in your hobbies, work, or social life
Feeling unmotivated and unable to concentrate
Appetite changes and difficulty sleeping
Finding it difficult to bond with your baby
Withdrawing from friends and family
Feeling agitated, irritable, or very apathetic
Difficulty coping with everyday tasks
Thoughts of harming your baby
Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you think you have postnatal depression, you are not alone. Reach out and allow me to help you rediscover the joy being a new parent brings.
Postnatal counselling can help ease you into your new life as a parent, giving you a chance to share your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental space. Here, you can receive practical advice and practise habits that boost mental health after having a baby.
When it comes to postnatal depression support, there is a no one-size-fits-all approach. Together, let’s work through what you’re feeling and talk through what will work for your own needs.
Get Postnatal Depression Support at EMJ Counselling
Things can be overwhelming as a new parent, and managing the demands of a baby can, at times, feel like too much. If you or your partner are suffering from symptoms of postnatal depression, I can help. My approach is client-centred, meaning you lead each session at your own pace, and I ensure you receive the support you need.