• Therapy For Overwhelmed Moms in PA & MD

    Maybe you work outside of the home. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home-mom. Either way: Mom life means that You. Are. Working. Hard. We are those women. Strong, independent, full of love, and therefore, in most families, we are in caregiving roles for pretty much everyone. And it is tiring and can leave you physically, emotionally, and mentally depleted. Mom burnout is real, and perhaps you’re worried you’re suffering from it. Counseling for mom burnout can help.

    Therapy for overwhelmed moms can look like:

    • Setting and holding clear boundaries, personally and professionally
    • Managing the depression and anxiety that can come from being chronically tired, overworked, and stressed out
    • Processing the changes that have occurred in your relationships since you became a mom
    • Exploring your identity as a person, as a parent, and what your life looks like outside of being, “NAME OF CHILD’S” mom
    • Finding ways to prioritize YOUR needs. And guess what? You’ll be a better parent, partner, and employee
    • Considering career changes as you re-enter the workforce
    • I offer online therapy for overwhelmed moms in the thick of mom burnout

    Therapy For Moms Living That Mom Life

    Your new identity.

    You’ve just started down the crazy path of transitioning your life as a “party of 2” to the relentlessness of an infant’s needs – welcome! Plenty of people will tell you “what a beautiful time” this is. You can decide if you believe them. You might be filled with questions about whether you can actually succeed at this, keep another person alive, and also care for yourself at the same time. And a partner? What? Having a baby can bring up a sh*t-ton of identity issues that we have, as women. You don’t have to be owned by mom guilt. If you need help integrating your identity as a person AND a parent, I can help.

    Your postpartum.

    Did you know that 1 in 7 women suffers from a perinatal mood disorder of some kind, with the most common being referred to as postpartum depression? You’re not alone, and these are some of the most highly CURABLE issues in maternal mental health. Some other perinatal issues that new moms can face are birth trauma, perinatal OCD, and significant grief and loss issues after giving birth. I offer online counseling for postpartum issues so that you can meet with me in your cozy bathrobe, baby alongside, to get you back on your feet. No judgment for not showering for a few days!

    Your relationships.

    There is no way around it. Becoming a parent will make your relationship change. Being a new mom will also make your friendships change. And your relationship with your own mom? Well, there is an entire section of the bookstore about that topic! Now, more than ever, is a time for setting solid boundaries with family, friends, and work about what’s ok to expect from you. You get to be in charge of what this new life looks like, and now can be just the right time to edit and declutter your mind and life. If you want to take that deep dive, reach out.

    Mom life can be so stressful

    Though many of us are fully capable of getting through our mental health challenges prior to having kids, becoming a mom is often the catalyst that makes many women take a deeper look at issues they had previously been able to ignore. Here are phrases I have heard from clients about feelings they’ve had that have made them decide to seek therapy for moms. If anything sounds familiar, maybe it’s worth setting up a time to talk to see if you think counseling might be helpful for you.

    • I just can’t stand all of the mental chatter anymore.
    • I don’t know who I am anymore, and I feel like a shell of a person.
    • I’ve become someone I don’t even like – sometimes I can’t believe myself when I hear how I talk to my kids/spouse/colleagues. Then I feel so ashamed.
    • I’m tired of being so hard on myself, but I don’t know how to stop without feeling like I’m doing something wrong.
    • I’m so worried that my kids deserve better and that they’re getting the worst of me.

    Resources for Surviving Mom Life and Recovering from Mom Burnout

    Adjusting to life as a new mom or a working mom can be a b*tch. Here are a few resources for moms and for parenting that helped me to ease the pain a bit. Most also come with a side of humor. Happy reading/following!

    Postpartum and New Moms

    Books:

    Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, be Pamela Druckerman *** this one is a personal fave

    Instagram:

    @motherhoodunderstood

    @postpartumsupportinternational

    @womensmentalhealthdoc

    @mombrain.therapist

    @2020_mom

    The Working Mom Dilemma

    Books:

    Burnout: Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One has the Time, by Brigid Schulte *** another personal fave

    Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

    Untamed by Glennon Doyle

    Instagram:

    @motherhonestly

    @momcomnyc (she is funny as hell, we all need a laugh)

    @adviceigivemyfriends

    @nytparenting

    @katherinegoldstein