Couples Therapy for New Parents

Navigating the Storm: Reconnecting, Healing, and Thriving as Partners in Parenthood

Parenthood can be a whirlwind of joy, but it can also become a battleground of exhaustion, frustration, and uncertainty within your relationship. If you've found your way here, it's because you've felt the strain – the late-night cries, the endless diaper changes, the simmering frustrations – and you're desperate to rediscover the love that brought you together. Welcome to my Couples Therapy for New Parents, where I understand the heartache behind the smiles.

In this journey, the struggles can be overwhelming. The sleepless nights can morph into heated arguments, and the shared dreams of parenthood can turn into silent
disappointments. The pain is real, the distance can be agonizing, and the fear of losing the love that once held you close can haunt your thoughts.

I know the turmoil of new parenthood because I’ve seen it in countless couples. But here’s the truth: You don’t have to let parenthood drive a wedge between you. Instead, it can be the catalyst for a deeper, more resilient love. Let us guide you through the storm, holding your hands as you rediscover each other amidst the chaos.

My approach is more than therapy; it’s a lifeline to emotional healing and reconnection. 

We’ll delve into the raw emotions, the unspoken frustrations, and the dreams that have been put on hold. Together, we’ll find a way to prioritize your relationship, to rebuild trust, and to communicate with the tenderness you once knew.

As licensed therapists in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., my Team and I specialize in the heartache that new parents endure. Whether it’s the weight of postpartum stress, the silent suffering of unmet expectations, or the seismic shifts in your roles as partners and parents, we’ll explore the roots of your pain and empower you with the tools to emerge from the darkness stronger, more connected, and ready to embrace parenthood as a united front. Your love story doesn’t have to end – it can be rewritten with a deeper, more resilient chapter.

Orlesa Poole, Couples Therapist for New Parents in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. - therapy for moms

My therapy approach is person-centered and solution-focused, meaning you are the expert when it comes to the issues you are experiencing. It’s my role to check in
frequently with both of you about which interventions are proving most effective and to delve into the issues that feel most pressing for your relationship.

My therapy approach is person-centered and solution-focused because, like you, I understand that parenthood can bring overwhelming stress, sleepless nights, and emotional upheaval.

As you navigate the intricate path of parenthood, it can sometimes feel like there’s little time left to nurture your connection. But it’s essential to remember that by investing in your relationship, you can not only navigate the challenges of parenthood but also emerge from this phase stronger and more connected than ever.

When you’re ready to take that courageous step towards couples therapy for new parents, to nurture and fortify your relationship, I’m here for both of you. Together, we can rediscover the joy and intimacy in your partnership amidst the extraordinary challenges of parenthood.

I currently support couples with video-based online therapy in Maryland, Virginia and DC.

Let's get real for a moment.

New parenthood? It's like riding a never-ending emotional rollercoaster. You're both deep in the trenches, and honestly, everything might feel harder right now. You might be bickering more, feeling distant, and those sleepless nights? They're not doing your moods any favors.

But here’s the deal: it’s perfectly okay not to have it all together. What’s not okay is getting stuck in this whirlwind of relationship struggles and exhaustion. That’s where I step in.

That’s why I’m glad you’re here, taking a beautiful first step towards relationship harmony.

Maybe you’ve noticed:

  • More arguments than usual
  • A sense that you’re growing apart
  • Trouble talking without things escalating
  • Sleep-deprived grumpiness
  • Feelings of being neglected or isolated
  • The stress of juggling all those parental roles
  • A fading spark of intimacy
  • Doubts about where your relationship is headed

I get it. And it’s a big deal that you’re both here, considering couples therapy for new parents. This is the first step towards reclaiming your connection and finding your way back to happiness.

I get it. And it’s a big deal that you’re both here, considering couples therapy for new parents. This is the first step towards reclaiming your connection and finding your way back to happiness.

Couples Therapy for New Parents in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Let's walk this path together, shall we?

I’ll provide you with the tools and strategies you need to navigate these challenges and emerge as a more resilient, connected, and loving couple. Your relationship is absolutely worth investing in, and together, we can rewrite the story of your partnership during this whirlwind chapter of parenthood.

As a therapist specializing in couples therapy for new parents in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., my mission is to provide both of you with the support you need to navigate this phase with confidence, strengthen your bond, and fully embrace your roles as partners in parenting

Are you ready to rebuild a relationship that thrives in the face of challenges and blossoms with newfound intimacy?

When we embark on couples therapy, our focus will be on:

Couples Therapy for New Parents: Specialties

Reigniting Intimacy After Parenthood

The arrival of your baby is a life-changing event, and it can impact your intimacy as a couple. Sleep deprivation, hectic schedules, and the constant focus on your baby can sometimes leave little room for romance. We’ll explore ways to reignite the spark and create moments of connection, allowing you to cherish your partnership and maintain a loving relationship even in the midst of parenthood.

Improving Communication in the Midst of Chaos

Parenthood often comes with a flurry of emotions and a busy daily routine. Finding time to communicate effectively can be a challenge. I’ll help you develop open and heartfelt communication strategies, ensuring that you both feel heard, understood, and supported, even in the midst of life’s chaotic moments.

Balancing Parenthood Responsibilities

Sharing parenting responsibilities and household chores is crucial for a harmonious partnership. The division of labor can sometimes become a point of contention. Together, we’ll establish a fair and equitable distribution of responsibilities, fostering teamwork and cooperation so that you both feel supported and valued.

Supporting Each Other's Emotional Well-being

Parenthood can bring a range of emotions, and it’s essential to support each other’s
emotional well-being. We’ll work on building a strong emotional connection and providing comfort and support when one of you needs it most.

Rekindling Romance Amidst the Chaos

While parenthood is undoubtedly demanding, it’s also an opportunity to nurture your love. We’ll explore ways to create playful and affectionate moments, rekindling the
romance that initially brought you together.

Resolving Parenting Disagreements

Parenting often comes with different opinions and approaches. I’ll provide tools to help you navigate parenting disagreements, find common ground, and make decisions that are in the best interest of your child and your relationship.


How It Works

Free Consultation

Are you unsure if couples therapy is the right choice for you? Feeling apprehensive about dedicating time and resources when both are limited? Take the first step toward rediscovering the joy in your partnership with a free 15- minute phone consultation. During this consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to:
  •  Learn more about the services I offer and determine if they align with your needs.
  •  Have your questions addressed, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the therapy process.
  • Explore how we can work together to achieve your relationship goals.
This consultation is designed to ease any concerns you may have and help you make an informed decision about taking the next step in strengthening your relationship as new parents. Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation and embark on a journey towards a more fulfilling partnership.

Online Couples Therapy

My online couples therapy service is designed to provide support to couples in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. who are navigating the challenges of
parenthood together.

Together, we’ll work towards:

  • Strengthening your bond as partners in parenthood.
  • Addressing common challenges that new parents face, including communication issues, sleeplessness, postpartum stress, and feelings of overwhelm.
  • Exploring how thought patterns can impact your relationship dynamics and emotional well-being.
  • Developing relaxation and coping strategies to better manage the demands of parenthood as a team.
  • Enhancing your emotional connection and attachment to each other and your child.
  • Learning strategies to cultivate a more fulfilling and resilient partnership.

Frequently Asked Questions

Couples therapy can be particularly beneficial for new parents as it helps address the unique challenges that often arise during this phase of life. It provides a supportive space to strengthen your relationship and navigate the joys and complexities of parenthood together.

Couples therapy complements other forms of treatment, but it’s not a substitute for medication when it’s medically necessary. We can work together to determine the most appropriate approach for addressing postpartum issues, which may include both therapy and medication when indicated. Please note that as a therapist, I cannot prescribe medication, but I can recommend a qualified prescriber if needed.

The cost of couples therapy is $300 for the initial intake session and $250 for followup sessions. I offer a free 15-minute consultation to discuss pricing and payment options, ensuring that therapy remains accessible.

For online couples therapy, you’ll need a reliable internet connection, a device with a camera and microphone, and basic familiarity with video conferencing software. I can provide guidance and support to help you get started with online sessions.

Couples therapy is a collaborative process, and outcomes can vary based on individual circumstances and commitment to the process. While I cannot guarantee specific results, my goal is to provide you with the tools and support needed to work toward a healthier, more fulfilling relationship.

The duration of therapy varies based on your unique needs and goals. Some couples benefit from short-term therapy, while others may choose longer-term support. We’ll work together to create a therapy plan that aligns with your objectives as new parents.

I understand that parenting can be unpredictable. If you need to reschedule a session, I have a 24-hour cancel and reschedule policy in place to accommodate your needs. I will work with you to ensure that missed sessions do not hinder your progress in therapy.

You deserve to live a life you love, as a parent and so much more...

Parenthood can be a challenging journey, especially as a couple. The sleepless nights,
the demands of a newborn, and the strain on your relationship can sometimes feel
overwhelming. But you don’t have to face these challenges alone.

The truth is, your ability to thrive as parents and maintain a strong, loving relationship
grows when you prioritize your partnership and address these challenges together.
You don’t need to strive for perfection; you just need to nurture your connection.

Are you ready to embark on a journey to rediscover joy in your lives as new parents
and strengthen your bond as a couple, together?

Let’s take this step forward—together

Have a particular question? Check out the FAQs above or click here to get in touch.

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