To provide access to education, support, and therapeutic healing to nurture, thrive and influence the overall wellness of mothers and their growing families. Well-Mamas Counseling is therapeutic space where individuals in different phases of their mothering journey can be supported by mental health professionals to overcome the challenges of the many transitions that happen in life. Our goal is to support families in forming authentic relationships.
Why Well-Mamas Counseling?
The founders of Well-Mamas Counseling noticed that once a women became pregnant, the primary focus was on the baby. Babies are wonderful- we don’t deny it. However, a baby’s mother deserves equal nurturing and quality care. While a newborn will attend up to five “Well-baby visits” during their first year of life, a postpartum mother only receives one post-delivery visit. So we asked ourselves, why not focus on supporting “Well-Mamas visits” throughout pregnancy, then 4th trimester and beyond?
Even though our name implies that our focus are only “mamas,” we are honored to work with any individual regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
For many families, entering this stage of life can be confusing and overwhelming, typically this is not how they envisioned these changes to impact them. For mothers, the numerous adjustments occurring simultaneously, can overwhelm their emotional and physical well-being. The shift from individualistic care to caring for another, is often met with periods of adjustments that significantly impact all facets of life. The state of becoming a mother, known as Matrecence, involves similar hormonal and identity transitions to adolescence but is rarely spoken off. By giving the transition to motherhood a name, we normalize what so many women experience.
While many women experience mild mood changes known as “baby blues” as a part of their matrecence adjustment, 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression and anxiety. One in 10 partners will also experience significant distress during the adjustment into parenthood. These conditions are referred to as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). PMADs are the leading complication of childbirth and with support, these conditions are preventable, treatable and are not lifelong.