The key to managing emotions doesn’t always lie in understanding where they come from, although this can be helpful. Sometimes it is gaining the confidence to tolerate them, to trust that they will not un-do you. We will work together to explore the feelings that have been coming up for you – to gain compassion towards them, feel them, and explore how your nervous system (and emotional system) was built throughout your life.
While I tailor our sessions to each individual, I find that Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a model that is flexible and relatable to most. IFS sees the different parts that make you up as an individual. For example…
Part of me loves being a mom more than anything, but part of me is begging for a break.
I feel so confident at work and home, but when I see my parents, I just shrink back and feel like a kid again.
Together, we can get to know all the parts of you – the bold parts, the hurt parts, the protective parts, the peaceful parts. Your parts make up a story, a way of living. Accessing these parts often leads to increased self-compassion and understanding.
My longtime passion around fertility, birth and motherhood has led me to seek opportunities to support women through this complex time. The process of becoming a mother often uproots our own childhood experiences, wounds and desires. It is a refining process that encourages us to turn inward as we bond with and raise our children.
Many of us are caught off guard by the intensity of motherhood and all that is brought to the surface; we may not have the tools or confidence to sit in the emotions as they come – maybe they run the show or maybe they get pushed away.
I have worked with mothers who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder and many other challenges. While I may have experience working with this population, one truth stands out: you are an individual and bring unique experiences to motherhood. I hold deep respect for you and your personal experience. My hope is to help you find balance - so that you may find healing and joy in this new chapter of your life and confidence in the parent you are.