Do you feel overwhelmed with parenting? Are you expecting a new baby and want support and guidance during this vulnerable time? Do you find that you and your partner can’t get on the same page when it comes to raising your child?
I see you, and I understand you! As a therapist and parent myself, I understand the complex challenges of modern parenting. We all want what’s best for our kids — but life doesn’t always go according to plan, and many of us find that raising children is much harder than we anticipated.
Whether it’s your first or third child, there’s nothing that quite prepares you for a new child entering the world. Everything changes — from your sense of time to your sleep to your relationship with others to your sense of values and family.
Many anticipating parents feel both excited and nervous before their child is born. Fortunately, therapy can help you feel supported during this vulnerable time.
Whether you realize it or not, parenting comes with a lot of boundaries.
Whether it’s boundaries with your partner, relatives, employer, or even with your children directly, implementing all these limits can be challenging.
Many parents grapple with feelings of guilt, remorse, or fear when setting boundaries. Some just want everyone to get along, causing them to neglect their own needs. Others become too rigid or inflexible with their expectations, causing relationship tension.
Parental mental health issues undoubtedly affect your well-being. They can also affect your parenting. If you feel depressed or anxious, you might find that it’s harder to be patient or mindful with your kids and partner. You may be more irritable, angry, disconnected, or panicked.
Or perhaps despite your best efforts to deal with your painful past, you find yourself thinking, “I sound just like my dad/mom. I don’t want the same thing for my kids. Something needs to change.”
Finding balance — what does that mean as a parent? It sounds like a lofty goal, but the reality is that many modern parents are stretched too thin.
When it comes to parenting, self-care can mean making sure that your cup isn’t always running on empty, by holding time and space for your own needs or by setting your own expectations. Your kids matter, but your emotional health can’t take a backseat for the next few decades.
In therapy, we can explore the main barriers impacting your time and energy. We can evaluate your concept of self-care and discuss how to implement self-compassionate strategies in your everyday life.
If you’re ready to take charge of your well-being and feel more confident in your parenting, I am here for you!
Online therapy is a convenient and accessible option for even the busiest parents. We will work together to identify your specific goals, and our treatment will be both collaborative and solution-focused.
You owe it to yourself and your children to get the support you need.