Maternal Mental Health
Are you feeling sad or depressed? Do you feel more irritable or full of rage then normal? Do you feel like you are having difficulty bonding with your baby or other children? Do you feel anxious or panicky? Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind or thoughts that you might hurt yourself or baby?
Pregnancy and the time after the birth of a child are assumed to be among the happiest times in a woman's life. Yet, as many as 15-20% of women will develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth, often feeling significantly distressed and unable to cope. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are more common than you would think. You are not alone, your symptoms are treatable and you can get better!
The adjustment to motherhood is unlike any other transition in a woman's life. Even without a diagnosed mental illness women struggle to adjust, breastfeed, make decisions with confidence and find themselves again after being consumed with motherhood.
We are here to help!
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Our Maternal mental health services for pregnant and postpartum women focus on:
Adjustment to motherhood
Emotions around breastfeeding or not being able to breastfeed
Feelings of shame or guilt
Mommy rage, anger and irritability
Feelings of sadness or despair
Insomnia or sleep issues
Struggling to bond with baby
Constant worry or feeling like something bad will happen
Intrusive repetitive disturbing thoughts
Feeling the need to do certain tasks over and over to protect baby
Increase or decrease in sleep or appetite
Feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts
Meet Your Practitioner
Mrs. Erica Djossa is a registered psychotherapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and postgraduate certificates in Couple and Family Therapy and Maternal Mental Health (in process)...
Happy As A Mother Podcast
Motherhood is HARD!
How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?
On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological wellbeing. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.