Hypnotherapy for Postnatal Depression & Anxiety

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Having a baby is inarguably one of life's biggest events, and while children bring so much joy and happiness, the huge life changes involved can also be very challenging for new parents.

 

The realities of parenthood are often quite different to the expectations before and during pregnancy, and many new parents feel quite shocked by the impact that their new baby has on their world regardless of how very much they love them.

Sleep deprivation, the immense new responsibility, learning to care for a newborn, whilst also physically recovering from birth puts both parents in an emotionally vulnerable position.

 

While parents often are far more adapted to their new way of life after the first year, the mental and emotional challenges of parenthood are ongoing and can often bring to the surface emotional issues from the parent's past that they have not previously needed to address.

Postnatal Depression & Postnatal Anxiety

Postnatal Depression is common, affecting about 1 in 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can develop gradually over time and so can sometimes go unrecognised. The cause of postnatal depression can be hormonal or situational and is most often a combination of the two.

 

Postnatal Anxiety is also very common but is spoken about and recognised less frequently. This does not mean that it is any less important to address, and women who suffer from post natal anxiety can find that it prevents them from doing many things and enjoying life with their baby. 

 

Postnatal anxiety can also be a contributing cause of postnatal depression or they can be experienced together.

Signs of Postnatal Depression

  • Finding it difficult or impossible to feel joy or happiness

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

  • Feelings of emptiness

  • Scary thoughts or intrusive thoughts 

  • Escape fantasies

  • Frequent feelings of guilt

  • Low self worth

  • Finding it harder to complete tasks that normal

  • Thoughts of self harm or suicide

Signs of Postnatal Anxiety
  • Constantly worrying about your baby

  • Feeling like you are always doing the wrong thing or are a bad mother

  • Feelings of intense overwhelm or panic

  • Scary or intrusive thoughts

  • Feelings of dread and expecting the worst

  • Irritability or frequent anger

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Finding it harder to do everyday things

  • Thoughts of self harm or suicide

How Hypnotherapy works for Postnatal Depression & Postnatal Anxiety

I have received specialist training to work with you to overcome post-natal depression and post natal anxiety, so that you can enjoy motherhood as you fully deserve to. Together we will look at areas of your new parental life that may be contributing to your feelings of depression or anxiety and work to resolve this.

 

We will introduce positive strategies so that you feel empowered and better supported. I can help you to access your own positive personal resources, and learn to emotionally self-regulate so that you can build a more positive outlook about motherhood and the future.

 

My goal is for you to leave a session feeling strengthened and uplifted, and that you will be empowered with a deeper understanding of yourself as we work together. When our sessions come to an end, you will also have practical tools to help you to maintain a sense of balance in your life into the future.