Perinatal & Postpartum Mental Health
New and expectant parents need support and confidence. Counseling is available for women, men, and couples who have found their transition to parenthood has been filled with more emotional complexity than they originally anticipated.
Whether you are looking to enrich your marriage, learn how to better problem solve, increase communication with your partner, or regain connection after a breach of trust, support from a skilled therapist can help you create the relationship you want and need.
As a certified EMDR therapist and trauma specialist, I know that challenging experiences that exceed our ability to cope at the time, or that disrupt our sense of safety and security in profound or prolonged ways, register in our brains and bodies as trauma. These experiences can occur to any one at any time throughout the life span. Work with a caring, trauma-informed therapist can transform the pain of these invisible wounds into a thriving sense of peace and empowerment.
The feelings of grief and loss associated with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death are layered and complex. These losses are often unseen or marginalized by others, making the grieving process all the more difficult. This is a place for therapeutic support where your losses are honored, and where you and your loved one move toward healing by giving your pain a name, a story, and a voice.
Discernment counseling is a way for couples to look at their options before making a final decision about divorce. It is most appropriate for couples where one partner wants to preserve and repair the relationship and the other is leaning towards ending it. The goal is not to solve problems in the relationship, but to figure out whether the problems can be solved.
From the comfort of your own home, you can meet with me via confidential videoconferencing for your weekly therapy sessions. Individual, couple, and EMDR therapy is available.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
- Maya Angelou
The relationship that used to bring you so much joy now feels isolating, confusing, and frustrating. The more you try to make things better, the worse they seem to get. Fear is setting in that it may never get better, or could even end in separation.
Everyone said having a baby would be the most magical time in your life, but you're finding that juggling the demands of parenthood, partnership, and career are overwhelming. You and your partner are working harder and doing more than you've ever done before, but you both feel less appreciated than you've ever felt.
Anxiety and mental exhaustion are almost always running your life, and you can't remember the last time you felt grounded and at peace.
If any of this feels familiar to you, know it doesn't have to be this way.
Imagine actually looking forward to coming home at the end of the day because your marriage now provides you a sense of peace, support, and security. You "get each other" once again and feel like you get to live each day with your best friend.
Imagine trusting your abilities as a parent, enjoying the here-and-now with your partner and your baby, and being able to approach both the chaos and beauty of parenthood with humor and confidence.
Imagine being able to relax your body and mind on command, and to know that no matter what adversity is thrown your way you're confident in your ability to create a sense of inner peace and calm amidst high demand situations.
Good news: none of this has to be limited to your imagination! Therapy can enable you to transform your life into the purposeful, peaceful, and energizing one you've longed for.
Take a look to see if my approach would be a good fit for you and if your needs are something in which I specialize. Ready to schedule your first appointment? Call me at 531-249-2324 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in wellness,
Vanessa Neuhaus, MS, LIMFT