Postpartum Depression Treatment
You thought after finally holding your little one in your arms you’d be filled with pure joy. Instead, you feel overwhelming despair. Perhaps you’re having difficulty connecting to your baby. The little smiles, coos, and moments that could be living in your heart forever just aren’t cutting through the cloud of gloom that surrounds you.
You’re exhausted from all the crying (yours and the baby’s), and you honestly can’t remember the last time you showered or brushed your teeth.
You’re wondering if this makes you a bad mom and if it’ll ever get better.
Postpartum depression robs you of your joy and leaves you feeling sad, guilty, and even worthless.
It can be hard to admit that you have postpartum depression. Although 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, it still tends to be a taboo subject. Family, friends, and even medical professionals tend to express more concern about the health of the baby than the health of the new mom. You have just had the most physically taxing, emotionally draining, and possibly traumatic experience, yet people keep asking, “How’s the baby?”
Many overwhelmed moms feel like they have to tough it out or that it will just go away. Unfortunately, untreated postpartum depression can last for years and have negative effects on the entire family, including your infant.
Postpartum Depression Sucks. Therapy Can Help.
The good news is, there is hope! Moms who receive postpartum depression treatment can experience significant improvement in their mood in a matter of weeks! Sometimes just talking to a supportive and nonjudgmental person, like a postpartum therapist who gets it, can make a world of difference.
My Approach to Postpartum Depression Counseling
I’m a licensed therapist in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who is specially trained to treat postpartum depression and other perinatal mental health disorders. I work with clients to figure out the root of their issues and learn skills to cope with everyday problems. My approach is person-centered and solution-focused. That means I view you as the expert when it comes to the issues you are experiencing. I check-in frequently about which interventions are working best and always address the issues that you feel are the most pressing.
What does Postpartum Depression Treatment in Washington, D.C, Maryland, and Virginia Look Like?
When it comes to postpartum depression treatment, I use a variety of treatments tailored to your specific situation. If the source of your depression is unhealthy thinking patterns, I will use a cognitive approach to help you identify and challenge thinking that isn’t working for you. If you are having trouble bonding with your baby, we can use attachment training techniques. The source of your depression might be exhaustion, burnout, and feeling like you are doing everything for everyone. In that case, we might create a wellness plan that includes a good amount of self-care and use interpersonal techniques to help you create a life that you don’t feel like escaping. Of course, if you have a combination of these issues, we use a variety of treatments. My goal is always to get you feeling better as quickly as possible.
Beginning counseling can be scary, but I’m here to walk through this with you.
My clients tell me that before coming to therapy, they felt intimidated or embarrassed. It was hard for them to admit that they weren’t happy and they weren’t sure how I would respond to some of their “confessions.” They feared being judged or wasting their time opening up to a complete stranger and not being helped.
Like my clients, you deserve to overcome these blocks and live a life that gives you joy. Therapy for postpartum depression treatment (in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia) is a space where you can speak without judgment and be supported as a mother. What you are experiencing isn’t your fault and it doesn’t make you a bad mom. In fact, you are a mom that needs support and a little bit of guidance to come out of the dark place you’re having difficulty escaping.
You deserve to be happy. Let’s make it happen.
Begin Postpartum Depression Treatment in Maryland, Washington, D.C, or Virginia.
Postpartum depression sucks. Therapy can help. This isn’t a struggle you have to deal with it on your own. I am here to help you overcome the hurdles and get back to feeling like yourself. You don’t have to continue feeling down. My online Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia counseling practice, specializes in postpartum depression and mood disorders. You will meet with me, Orlesa Poole, your online postpartum counselor, to start learning tools to cope with your depression and begin enjoying motherhood.
To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
- Contact Managing Motherhood
- Meet with Orlesa Poole, your postpartum support counselor
- Begin feeling like you again and enjoy the time you have with your little one.
Other services at Managing Motherhood
Therapy for postpartum depression is not the only service I offer in my online counseling practice in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Other services include treatment for postpartum anxiety, therapy for stress and overwhelm, therapy for concerns regarding pregnancy and motherhood, parenting support, parent-child interaction therapy, counseling for new mothers, and women’s issues. I also treat birth and reproductive trauma. All services are available via online therapy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Being a mother and a parent is hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. I will be here every step of the way to help you break free of societal pressure and high expectations. Learn how to love yourself, motherhood, and being a parent. Start your counseling journey today!