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Areas of Support

Pre-Conception

Are you and your partner thinking about expanding your family in the near future? 

The decision to start trying to conceive a child can be a very exciting and nerve racking time in a couple’s relationship. Maybe you are feeling ready for this next step in the relationship and your partner is more hesitant or scared. Therapy is a great space to have a non-judgemental, third-party, facilitator to help you and your partners process your feelings, validate each other’s concerns and plan for the future of your family. 

Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress and uncertainty of trying to conceive a child? 

During your fertility journey you may feel things such as fear, sadness, regret, anger, jealousy, anxiety and frustration. Social events, public places, and even your workplaces can become full of triggers, as other people’s pregnancies and babies seem omnipresent. When we work with clients experiencing infertility, we know our number one job is to help you feel seen and validate how hard this journey is. 

Together we will work to emphasize effective coping strategies, emotional management, and help you navigate the myriad of treatment and medical decisions that are sometimes involved. We work with all types of prospective parents, including single parents-to-be, same-sex couples, adoptive parents, and people who are experiencing secondary infertility (difficulty conceiving the second child). We are here to support you as you navigate the emotions and thoughts resulting from infertility.

Are you having a hard time navigating the emotional highs and lows of IVF or other ART options either on your own or with your partner? 

The journey of fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF or other ART options can often feel like you’re on a moving train that you don’t know how to get off of. The mere stress, emotional highs and lows, financial strain and time consuming appointments can start to take a toll on your mental health and relationship. Therapy can be a supportive space to process the ups and downs and develop healthy coping strategies during your fertility treatment journey. We can provide individual or couples therapy based on whichever would feel more supportive during this challenging time.  

Are you experiencing overwhelming emotions as a result of a miscarriage or loss? 

An unexpected loss during pregnancy can lead to significant physical and intense emotional pain. You may be experiencing feelings of sadness, grief, anger, anxiety, helplessness, and loneliness. These feelings can impair your ability to function day-to-day. 

For some people, social circles, including partners, family members, and friends, provide the support they need to work through their feelings. Other people may benefit from seeking additional support through therapy. Therapy offers a safe space to process emotions and develop strategies to help you process your grief and integrate your loss into your life. If you’re looking for a space to process your miscarriage and to work through your emotions, we are here to help.

Pregnancy

Have you been feeling worried or a sense of doom during your pregnancy that you can’t seem to shake on your own? 

Many women experience anxiety during their pregnancy for a variety of reasons such as previous experiences of infertility, miscarriages, complications during pregnancy, sensitivity to the hormonal shifts in pregnancy or increased stress. We also know that it’s very common for women who experience anxiety during their pregnancy to also experience postpartum anxiety and/or depression symptoms.  

If you have been experiencing symptoms of prenatal anxiety such as excessive worry, difficulty sleeping at night, decreased appetite, racing thoughts, intrusive or worst case scenario thinking, feeling on edge or irritability; therapy is a great and safe option for you to explore the root causes of your anxiety and learn coping skills to better manage your anxious thoughts. We will also work with you to develop a postpartum plan to be proactive around your postpartum mood challenges and needs. 

Are you feeling disconnected to your pregnancy, unsure if you’re fit to be a mother or a sense of regret for getting pregnant? 

Women can experience depressive symptoms during their pregnancy for a variety of reasons such as an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, relationship distress with their partner, financial stressors, sensitivity to hormonal shifts during pregnancy or pregnancy complications. We also know that it’s very common for women who experience depression during their pregnancy to also experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety symptoms.  

If you have been experiencing symptoms of prenatal depression such as sadness, crying spells, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, decreased appetite, excessive guilt, irritability, feelings of worthlessness, difficulty bonding with baby in utero or thoughts of self-harm; therapy is a great and safe option for you to explore the root causes of your depression and learn coping skills to better manage your symptoms. We will also work with you to develop a postpartum plan to be proactive around your postpartum mood challenges and needs. 

Are you struggling to cope with the loss of your baby and feel that your grief is too much to handle on your own?

Whether you lost your baby during your pregnancy, had a stillborn birth or had to terminate your pregnancy for medical reasons, losing a baby can feel overwhelming and can bring up a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. It’s common to feel isolated and disconnected from the people around you after you’ve lost your baby. Therapy can help you manage those feelings and work through them in a safe environment. You can explore your feelings of grief, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and ultimately take the steps to integrate the loss of your baby into your life at a pace that works for you. 

Are you struggling to cope with the physical and emotional toll of your high risk pregnancy and needing additional mental and emotional support?

Whether you have been given a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), Preeclampsia or Placenta Previa; we know that managing a high risk pregnancy can be very challenging for most women. We are here to provide a supportive space for you to process your emotions around your diagnosis, develop practical coping skills to best manage your symptoms and help you navigate the physical and emotional toll placed on you and your family. We will also provide follow up support in postpartum to help you navigate any emotional or mood challenges that may occur after delivery. We understand that a high risk pregnancy requires extra care and support and are happy to be on your care team. 

Postpartum

Are you a new mother or parent experiencing excessive worry or fear after having a child?

Although some level of anxiety is normal after having a child, some people develop a more extreme level of anxiety called postpartum anxiety. Postpartum anxiety is not as widely recognized as postpartum depression, despite being equally common.

You might be wondering, “If some level of anxiety is normal, how do I know if my anxiety is actually a problem?” The line that divides normal amounts of worry from a level at which you may need support differs for everyone. You may benefit from therapy for postpartum anxiety if you are experiencing constant worry or a deep feeling that something bad is going to happen to your baby; if your anxiety is impairing your appetite or sleep habits; if you experience racing or ruminating thoughts that you can’t get a hold of; or if you’re feeling physical symptoms such as tightness in your chest or dizziness.

Therapy is a valuable tool for individuals experiencing postpartum anxiety. In therapy, the goal is to explore your specific symptoms, develop a deeper level of understanding of your symptoms, provide effective coping strategies, and a space to work through your feelings.

Are you experiencing persistent sadness, guilt or struggling to bond with your baby?

For many new moms, adapting to motherhood can be difficult. It’s not uncommon to face unexpected challenges as you develop a new routine. With postpartum depression, you may experience low mood, excessive crying or tearfulness, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, difficulty bonding with your baby, irritability, anger, or loneliness. 

Postpartum depression can be experienced within the first few weeks of giving birth, but may also develop anytime during the first year postpartum. There are many reasons individuals experience postpartum depression, including a sensitivity to the hormonal shirts during delivery and postpartum, acute or prolonged sleep deprivation, a history of depression and/or anxiety, and environmental factors such as relationship stress with partner, lack of social support, financial strain, and complications experienced during pregnancy, birth or postpartum. 

Therapy can help you adjust to all the feelings you are experiencing as a new mom by providing emotional support, guidance, and coping strategies. You don’t have to adjust to motherhood alone. We are here to support you!

Does thinking about your birth story bring up intense anxiety, flashbacks, a sense of doom or a desire to avoid anything that reminds you of your birth experience? 

Birth trauma can cause symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, hypervigilance, and feelings of anxiety, guilt, or shame. Emotional and physical responses to birth trauma can impact daily life and relationships. Therapy can help individuals who have experienced birth trauma process their experiences and develop healthy coping skills. With therapy, you may experience a greater sense of control, a stronger sense of self-worth, and a renewed sense of hope for the future.

Did you think becoming a new mother or parent would feel more natural or joyful? Does it seem like everyone around you is enjoying the postpartum experience while you are struggling to get through it? Do you feel guilt around wanting to enjoy other parts of you that don’t include being a mom? 

The process of becoming a mother (now known as matrescence) is a wonderful, complicated and confusing time when women experience physical, psychological and emotional changes after the birth of their child. Many women struggle with a sense of guilt or shame if they find fulfillment in spending their time or attention away from their child whether at work or in other activities they enjoy. This guilt can lead to undervaluing a mother’s need for time away from their children to recharge, reconnect with themselves and explore other parts of their identity. Therapy can provide a space for new mothers to process their matrescence journey so that they can live fulfilling, joyful and whole lives. 

Parenthood

Are you struggling to reconnect or build a stronger relationship with your partner now that you have become parents? 

Relationships are complicated and sometimes leave us feeling lost and alone. You may be struggling with communication difficulties, trust issues, conflict, or feeling emotionally disconnected from your partner. These challenges can impact your daily life, causing feelings of sadness, frustration, and anxiety. 

Couples Therapy can offer you a supportive and safe space to better understand the root causes of your relationship challenges, explore your attachment to one another and how to create a secure bond, and how to create a new path of emotional and physical connection. We love working with couples and would be honored to help you on your relationship journey! 

Are you and your partner struggling to figure out your new roles as parents? Did you think parenting would feel like an even 50/50 split and you’re feeling resentful of your partner? Do you not feel seen by your partner for all the work you do either outside the home or with the children all day? 

While we have so many more options for what being a “parent” looks like these days, we can still find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and burnt out. Therapy can be helpful in exploring our previous models of parenting, preconceived assumptions and uncommunicated expectations with our partners. We believe that each parenting relationship is unique and should be treated as such and will help you find the parenting roles that work best for each of you. 

Are you struggling to find a work/life balance in your life as a parent and feel that you are failing in all aspects of your life?  

Maintaining a fulfilling career, healthy relationships, and the demands of parenting can begin to take their toll on a person. Sometimes trying to balance your responsibilities means you put yourself last on the priority list. If you’re feeling disconnected from yourself or experiencing burnout, fatigue or anxiety; maybe it’s time to sit down with someone who can help you sort through it all and regain a sense of balance and clarity in your life. We realize that you can have it all, just not at the same time; and will help you re-prioritize to bring some balance and ease back into your life. 

Are you feeling alone in your intimate relationship and yearning to feel more physically and sexually connected to your partner? 

You are not alone. In fact, according to research most couples experience a decrease in satisfaction in their relationship after they bring the baby home. While it is natural and common for this to occur temporarily while the whole family is adjusting to the newest (and neediest) addition; it is important that the couple finds their new rhythm and prioritizes their emotional, physical and sexual intimacy needs. We understand the challenges in finding the time, energy and sometimes even desire to connect physically or sexually once the baby (or kids) finally go to bed at night. Couples Therapy is a great way to make time for your relationship needs, explore ways to reconnect, and find your new path towards intimacy. 

Other

Do you struggle to cope with the changes happening in your life? Does change bring up a sense of anxiety, lack of control and stress that is hard to manage? 

Adjustment disorders can leave you feeling anxious, sad, hopeless, and irritable. They cause you to struggle to find joy in activities you previously enjoyed. Therapy can help you understand your emotions, process change, and develop coping strategies so you can start living a more fulfilled life.

Is anxiety keeping you from living the life you want?

Anxiety symptoms can feel like excessive worry, dread, or fear. It can cause muscle tension, sweating, and trouble sleeping, and is often associated with a sense of disconnection from things you once enjoyed. Therapy can help you manage your anxiety with the right tools, strategies, and support you need to better understand and cope with your feelings. We can help you gain control and feel relief, so you can get back to living your life. 

Does saying no make you uncomfortable or lead to ruminating thoughts?

Setting boundaries in your personal and professional life can be challenging and overwhelming. It can feel uncomfortable to say ‘no’ or to establish limits with others. This is particularly common if you tend to avoid conflict and have people-pleasing tendencies. When you fail to set boundaries, you are prioritizing the needs of others rather than yourself. This can lead to feelings of overwhelm, resentment and burnout. Boundaries are an important part of any healthy relationship, be it with yourself or others. Therapy can help you learn to set boundaries in a way you feel confident about. Together, we can explore the root causes of why it is difficult to set boundaries and develop skills and strategies to set healthy boundaries in the future. Learn to say ‘no’ so you can say ‘yes” to the things that really matter to you. 

Have you lost some or all of the joy you used to experience?

Depression symptoms can manifest as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, anger, lack of energy or interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Physical symptoms can include changes in appetite, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. Emotionally, depression can leave you feeling isolated and alone. Therapy can be helpful in treating depression by providing support, understanding, and coping strategies. Therapy can help you experience improved mood, increased motivation, and a greater sense of hope and wellbeing.

Are you facing a change in your life that is creating feelings of overwhelm, stress or uncertainty?

Navigating life transitions can be a turbulent and complex experience. Whether it is dealing with the pain of a divorce, a move, a career change, marriage, the birth of a child, a loss, or retirement, the emotional rollercoaster of these transitions can be overwhelming. With support, these experiences can be navigated with more ease and understanding. Therapy can help you process the emotions you are experiencing, manage your stress levels, and cope with the challenges associated with shifting roles. We can help you feel more confident in your ability to handle and navigate future life transitions with less overwhelm and provide greater clarity about the emotions you’re facing.

Do you experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses? Do these lead to you engaging in repetitive behaviors or mental acts to curb anxiety? 

With OCD, people are compelled to perform behaviors despite knowing their thoughts are irrational. This can result in feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety.

Therapy can help you reduce the anxiety that results from obsessions and compulsions,  explore and rework your thought patterns, and ultimately learn to accept yourself as you are.

Do you have very high expectations of yourself and constantly reach for flawlessness? Are these standards accompanied by critical self-evaluation and constant concern for how you will be perceived by others?

Setting unrealistic standards and aiming for perfection can be exhausting and overwhelming. It can impact your self-esteem and result in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder., and even burnout. Therapy can help you gain control of your perfectionistic tendencies so you can embrace imperfection, set more realistic standards, and increase self-compassion.

Do you experience fear or self-consciousness in social situations?

Social anxiety can cause you to worry excessively about being scrutinized by others and may lead you to avoid social situations altogether. It can leave you feeling nervous, self-conscious, and embarrassed, even in non threatening situations. Therapy can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to social anxiety. We can help you develop a more positive and confident self-image.

Do you feel like there’s no end in sight to the list of things you need to manage or accomplish in the day—at home and at work? 

Overwhelming stress can bring up a range of emotions, including anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion. It’s common to start to shut down and feel disconnected from the people around you. Therapy can help you explore why you feel the way you do, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and give you the tools you need to manage your current situation and start living with more ease. We can help you make changes, one step at a time. 

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