Therapy for Post-partum Depression

What To Expect From Our Therapy Sessions

You are not alone. About 13 percent of pregnant women and new mothers have depression. Here are the symptoms to look for:

  • Feeling restless or moody
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Having no energy or motivation
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Having trouble focusing or making decisions
  • Having memory problems
  • Feeling worthless and guilty
  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Having headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don't go away

If you have several of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, therapy can be helpful to determine whether it is more chemical or situational. Many women doubt themselves because they see this list and think "isn't everyone overwhelmed, not sleeping, not focusing, eating a lot and withdrawing from people when they have a new baby?" Of course, the answer is yes, all women are feeling this way to some degree, but when the feelings are at a level where you are having a hard time functioning, that is where the concern lies.

Here's what you can expect from therapy for post-partum depression:

  • A safe place where you can talk about your feelings and seek to understand why you are having the reactions or symptoms concerning you.
  • Support in encouraging you to place self-care as a high priority. The happier the mother, the better she can parent. Most mothers think they can do it all, but the reality is that they need help from others, physically and emotionally. We can brainstorm together ways that you can ask for help and give yourself what you need.
  • Improvement of self-worth. Many mothers struggle to feel "good enough" and therapy can be a place to encourage you with regards to how well you are mothering and support you to make changes in the areas you would like to improve.
  • Decreased symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. If these symptoms don't subside with therapy alone, I will educate about the options concerning natural remedies and psychotropic medication. I will help you determine whether your symptoms are situational or more chemical related.

 

 

 

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Maria Lloyd is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in the Silicon Valley area— San Jose / Santa Clara County, California. Maria provides individual counseling for women for: depression and stress management, post-partum depression, anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorder, interpersonal relationship issues, self and identity issues, co-dependency, anger management, and managing grief and loss.