Pre & Postnatal Psychotherapy
Prenatal Therapy: Pregnancy is challenging but is also an equally amazing life altering experience. Dedicated time with someone other than a friend or family member allows you to process the physical, emotional and relational changes. This can be achieved without judgement or the assumptions of another persons experience. Learning about yourself aids in creating a smooth transition to motherhood.
Postnatal Therapy: The experience of birthing new life has been described as beautiful and terrifying; unlike any other encounter it surprises new mothers for many reasons. Whether you are experiencing highs or lows parenthood itself warrants the soothing benefits of therapy. The therapeutic relationship can be as gentle as sharing your birthing story or more in-depth and continuous support.
An enormous sense of well-being can be gained through mild to moderate exercise, improvements can be found in sleep, energy levels, memory and just the sense of feeling more relaxed.
Exercise alone promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and positivity. It also promotes endorphins, when these powerful chemicals in your brain are released they energise your spirits and make you feel good. Babies benefit hugely from being with mothers in this continued state of wellbeing.
Mindfulness is simply described as paying attention on purpose to the present moment. Why is this so beneficial? Recent studies reveal people are happier when fully engaged with the task at hand, rather than being caught up in their thoughts and distractions. It has shown those thinking of a beach whilst stuck in a traffic jam were less happy than those that were in the moment.
Staying with the here and now has profound effects on our physiological state of mind and body. Rather than living on auto pilot or allowing anxious thoughts about the future or regretful thoughts about the past, paying attention to our realities opens choice and ultimately freedom . This is essential in supporting parenting decisions, reducing reactive negative responses, and opening up positive emotional communications.
Through looking at the patterns of how we are attached to our parents we can predict certain out comes for our children and how we are likely to parent them. There may be some things you want to change, avoid or maybe continue as you were parented either way there is much new evidence available on the effects of positive attachments and how they impact us for life. We now know that some very simple positive parental influences have the ability to combat and prevent complicated emotional adults.
In 1973 Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and his colleagues developed the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS). The scale represents a guide that helps parents, & health care providers understand the newborn’s language.
While babies may not speak their first word for a year, they are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of body movements, cries and visual responses, these communications enable mothers to learn the individuality of their baby, and identify behaviours that make each baby unique and different. Recognition of the infants strengths and challenges equips the mother to meet the babies needs and support their development, the babies positive response to this gives rise to confidence and adds pleasure to the role of being a new parent.