I was stunned and embarrassingly heartbroken when I posed the ridiculous question to my well-informed virtual group of over-worked psychotherapists: “As long as we are discussing self-care strategies during these unprecedented times, just curious… how many of you are watching Outlander?” Silence. I was shocked. (Perhaps their computer audio was not working. Was I muted?) I […]
I was one of the lucky ones who determined very early on, without much guilt, that I would be a much better mother to my children if I returned to work, part-time at first. The part-time option sounded good. I could be home early to spend more time with my baby, and it felt right, […]
Before I became a specialist treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), I was a postpartum therapy client. 6 weeks after our oldest child was born, my husband and I decided to check in with a wonderful and experienced therapist whom we knew both liked. At the start of the session my husband looked lovingly […]
It’s possible that you too may be experiencing symptoms of depression. A study by Paulson in 2006 reported that 10% of all new dads experience symptoms of a clinical depression after the birth of a baby. That’s one out of every ten dads! Not only is it more common than we ever knew but if […]
There’s something that women everywhere need to talk about. It’s time, time to bring it out from its hidden place of shame and solace. It is time to make this mainstream. Miscarriage. A shocking 25% of woman will experience such a loss. One in four women. That is a devastating number. Do you know anyone […]
After the recent horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, I was not surprised to find client after client expressing overwhelming sadness. Suddenly, the trauma that impacted previously unknown families cascaded across state lines right into the homes and hearts of every parent on the planet. Gut-wrenching anxiety soared. What if it happens here? How can […]
Wishing everyone an early Happy Mother’s Day!Find something wonderful, and then,surround yourself with it…..
Ten years ago in 1997, The Chicago Tribune reported a lack of availability of information for new and expectant fathers. At the time, new programs in various cities across the country were meeting with exceptional responses from participants. New fathers who partook in these pilot programs reported feeling better equipped for their new role, and […]