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May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month! And if you’re not new around here, then you already know how much we value maternal mental health at Wellness & Co. It’s over four (!!) years ago now that we started intentionally focusing on mothers and their unique needs in terms of anxiety, depression, OCD, and birth trauma.
By Rebecca Horch, BACYC, CPC Without getting into too much detail so as to protect her privacy, my daughter is starting to show signs of puberty. She is my only daughter and my first child who is hitting this milestone. I’m a Parenting Coach. I have studied attachment, human development, and gentle parenting for years. […]
By Brittany Moffitt, LICSW You may remember the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” When we imagine this concept of a ‘parenting village’, it can feel so very far from where we are today, particularly in a society that values individualism over collectivism. A parenting village of multi-generations and extended family to […]
By Erin Newton, LCPC, PMH-C Three and a half years ago, I shared with all of the internet that I had a traumatic birth experience with my oldest daughter. If you read that post, it starts off by saying that it’s been 11 years. Well, now it’s been 14 years (HOW) and many blog posts […]
Once a woman starts trying to conceive, the journey to motherhood begins. Matrescence refers to the process of becoming a mother. It parallels another one of life’s transitions, adolescence. Like the transition from child to teenager, motherhood comes with many changes to our hormones, physical body, relationships, and identity. According to Alexandra Sacks, an expert […]
Have you ever felt like parts of motherhood were not what you expected it to be? When I was pregnant with my son, I did everything I thought was necessary to prepare for his arrival. I researched the safest baby equipment, signed up for newborn classes, and read a ton of books. What I did […]
A Letter of Love Dear Maddie, 13 years ago, you were born. And I was born, too. Born as a mother, something I had never been before but will now always be. Born as your number one supporter, your biggest cheerleader in your life. Born as your food source and your source of comfort. Born […]
by Erin Newton, LCPC “Second verse, same as the first! A little bit louder a little bit….” Here I am singing my song again! The song about how much moms matter and how much they deserve support and love. Just this week I had a mom in my life tell me that she pours everything […]
by Erin Newton, LCPC About a year ago, I attempted to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. It was such a hot day, that race officials ended up shortening the course, and I missed getting to finish the entire 26.2 miles by minutes. When I tell you I was completely devastated…this is an understatement. I […]
by Erin Newton, LCPC When I had my daughter five weeks early in 2008, I was surrounded by people who tried to make me feel better about my experience in the only way they knew how. Actual things people said to me: “You’re so lucky she’s small! My baby was so big!” “It’s great you […]
At the end of May 2019, we wrapped up the first birth trauma therapy group here at Wellness & Co. For eight weeks, four mamas learned; developed relationships; processed through hurt, pain, abandonment, and anger; and worked on forgiving themselves for not making choices they might have made had they felt empowered to do so. It was a privilege for me to watch them work through their struggles together, especially as a survivor of birth trauma myself. It was amazing to watch a mother soften in her judgement of herself and also feel completely accepted by those around her, something that these women admitted to previously not feeling very often, if ever.
When I started seeing clients in Maryland five years ago I noticed that people often had the same comments or questions regarding the therapeutic process. They typically go something like this: “but you haven’t experienced [parenting] so you don’t really know what its like,” “you must have the perfect marriage,” “I didn’t want to come because people in therapy have real problems and ours isn’t a problem,” “I figured that if I came to therapy once a week something would change”
….these types of comments and more go on and on. In short, people think ALL sorts of things about therapy.
Do you ever feel like your relationship is stuck? Running on autopilot? Or completely thrown off course?
I get it, I really do. I want you to know that if you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re normal. Your relationship is totally, 100%, normal.
We all get stuck. We all let our relationships run on cruise control without the proper love and attention they need. And, we all let our partnerships run off course. All of us, even therapists.