Perinatal Counselling Ottawa

Perinatal Counselling Includes More Than Stress, Trauma, and Grief Counselling in Ottawa

Defining Perinatal Counselling

Perinatal counselling, a specialized field within the realm of mental health and family support, plays a crucial role in providing comprehensive and targeted support to individuals, couples, and families who are navigating the various challenges that often accompany the journey to parenthood. It encompasses a wide spectrum of services designed to offer emotional support and coping strategies during the perinatal period, which includes the fertility/infertility journey, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum phase.

At its core, perinatal counselling is focused on creating a supportive environment for mothers, fathers, couples, and families who find themselves grappling with various forms of pregnancy-related distress. These distressing experiences may encompass a range of issues, each of which is handled with sensitivity and expertise by perinatal therapists.

The Areas of Perinatal Counselling

Some of the common areas of concern include:

  1. Infertility Challenges: Infertility counselling provides emotional support to individuals and couples facing challenges in conceiving. This specialized form of therapy addresses the psychological and emotional aspects of infertility, helping clients navigate complex feelings, make decisions about treatments, and improve their overall well-being during the journey to parenthood.
  2. Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss: Coping with the profound grief and emotional challenges that accompany the loss of a pregnancy is an integral aspect of perinatal counselling. It provides a safe space for individuals and couples to process their feelings, seek support, and explore their options for healing and moving forward.
  3. Birthing Trauma: Childbirth can be an emotionally and physically intense experience. Some individuals may encounter unexpected difficulties or complications during childbirth that lead to trauma. Perinatal counsellors help individuals process these traumatic experiences and work towards healing and recovery.
  4. Isolation and Loneliness: The transition to parenthood can sometimes be isolating, particularly for new parents. Perinatal counselling offers a supportive space for individuals and couples to discuss their feelings of isolation and explore strategies for building a support network.
  5. Self-Confidence and Identity: The journey to parenthood often involves a significant shift in self-identity. Perinatal therapists can assist individuals in renewing their sense of self, exploring the challenges and joys of parenthood, and enhancing their self-confidence as caregivers.
  6. Anxiety and Stress: Pregnancy and early parenthood can be filled with anxiety and stress, ranging from worries about the health of the baby to concerns about the future. Perinatal counselling equips individuals and couples with effective coping mechanisms to manage these anxieties.
  7. Career Transitions: Balancing the demands of parenthood with career aspirations can be a complex and emotionally charged process. Perinatal counselling provides a space to navigate these transitions, explore work-life balance, and address career-related concerns.
  8. Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety: Recognizing and addressing post-partum depression and anxiety is a critical component of perinatal counselling. Our therapists work with individuals and couples to identify symptoms, develop coping strategies, and access appropriate treatment if necessary.

Why Choose Perinatal Counselling?

Perinatal counseling is a supportive approach that acknowledges the unique needs and challenges of individuals and couples during the perinatal period. By offering a range of interventions and strategies, it empowers individuals and families to embrace the journey to parenthood with resilience, emotional well-being, and strengthened relationships.

Our Practice

Clients work collaboratively with mental health professionals to establish therapeutic goals and work towards self-improvement and understanding.