Sometimes it is hard to handle certain challenges that come with being a woman. Anxiety or depression may slowly creep into our lives or it may begin suddenly after a particular event. Talking to someone in a safe and loving environment can help to heal and empower us no matter what challenges we face.
We work with people struggling with a variety of issues from life transitions, to postpartum depression, to relationship issues. Please see our full list of therapy services.
We work with people struggling with the following issues.
We all know how hard transitions can be in our lives, particularly if they are unpleasant ones. We are, as they say, creatures of habit, and when an event comes about that forces change, it can be challenging to say the least.
Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and typically get worse if left untreated. Numerous studies have shown that medication and therapy together are the most beneficial to those suffering from depression.
Most women experience some kind of anxiety at some time in their lives. Even though it is the most common mental illness to experience, most people do not talk about it.
Postpartum depression can feel very scary and overwhelming and many women feel a tremendous sense of shame and guilt for having these feelings, especially if infertility is an issue.
Women who have experienced depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder before or during pregnancy, and women who have experienced a traumatic labor and delivery may be at a higher risk for postpartum depression or anxiety.
Sometimes women do not want to discuss their feelings because pregnancy is supposed to be a “joyful time” and they are embarrassed that they will be judged. To make things even harder, women who have struggled to get pregnant and really want the baby, may feel extremely guilty about these feelings.
The loss of a baby, at any stage, can be an overwhelmingly sad experience. A woman who has experienced this type of loss knows the joy of becoming attached to her unborn child, and then to experience the loss of that child is usually devastating for a mother.
Infertility has become an all too common experience for many women. Fortunately, people are beginning to open up about their experience and there is not so much secrecy regarding infertility. Even so, many women feel alone in their struggle to have a child.
Psychological abuse is widely overlooked and often goes unidentified, despite the fact that it is the most common form of intimate partner violence. Psychological abuse causes long-term damage to a victim’s mental health and subtle, psychological abuse has been shown to be more harmful than overt psychological abuse or direct aggression. Psychological abuse is also an important indicator of physical violence and it is often a precursor to physical abuse.
What woman has not struggled with weight loss and eating issues at some point in her life? Sadly, almost all women can relate to struggling with their bodies and their relationship with food. Anorexia, bulimia, and overeating are the three most common issues women face in their struggle with food.
Divorce can be one of the most painful and challenging times in a woman’s life. There is often a sense of shock after the decision has been made to separate. For many women, this is one of the most vulnerable times in her life.
Some relationships are easier than others. Most women have experienced a difficult or challenging relationship at some point in their lives. This experience is especially painful when it is one of a woman’s primary relationships.
We all fear that one day we will get the terrible news that we have an illness of some kind. Shock, disbelief, fear, sadness, denial, and feeling overwhelmed can be just a few of the emotions people experience when they are diagnosed with an illness.
*Postpartum depression or PPD affects 15-20% of new mothers and can begin gradually or very suddenly at any point during the first year after you have given birth. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following: excessive worry or anxiety, irritability, feeling overwhelmed, feeling sad, feeling guilty, hopelessness, difficulty sleeping, excessive fatigue, feeling uneasy, indifference toward the baby, loss of concentration, loss of interest, feeling isolated or alone, or a change in appetite. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, remember that you are not alone. PPD affects everyone in the family, including your baby, so it is important to seek help if you are experiencing any of these symptoms beyond two weeks postpartum.