Licensed Professional Counselor + Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional

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Infertility 

It's easy for your loved ones to say just "relax" when they aren't living with the anxiety and stress that infertility brings. I'm sure you could write a book on all of the "wrong things" people have said! It is so hard finding someone you can truly open up to. 

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Miscarriage + Loss

It comes from a sincere place in the hearts of those who say "at least you know you can get pregnant" after you tell them of your recent miscarriage but sometimes their words do more harm than good.

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Perinatal Mood + Anxiety Disorders

You were told to prepare for "baby blues" but these feeling are different. You can't handle being a new mom. You feel overwhelmed, hopeless, irritated and angry. You are exhausted but can't sleep. You love your baby but feel like you made a huge mistake. 

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The Wait: Infertility Group Therapy

 

Please contact me if you are interested in joining group therapy that begins in September 2019. We will meet monthly and the cost is $50 per session. More information will be provided  upon request. Spaces are limited so save your seat!

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Young Adults

Remember the days when you wanted nothing more than freedom? To be done with school, working at an awesome job and making the big money?  Has it been as easy as you thought it was going to be? You've worked too hard to get this far and feel miserable.  

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Teens + Tweens

From attitudes and defiance to low self esteem and bullying, the feeling that your teenager needs to talk to someone other than you is probably true.

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 If one more person tells you of someone they know who went on vacation and Voila! They got pregnant! you are going to scream. In their face. While waving all of the medical bills you've accumulated. You feel like they just don't get it---and you're right because most don't. 

I've walked that pain you are feeling. I've been flooded with tears of fear and disappointment along with unshakeable hope and unrelenting determination. It's hard opening up to someone. I totally get how scary and frustrating it can be. What if they say the same ole' thing that everyone else has been saying? How can she possibly understand? These doubts are perfectly fine to have and I encourage you to be selective when opening up to others about infertility---especially about infertility. 

I promise you won't have to explain the following to me: HSG, IUI, IUI with injectables, IVF, IVF with ICSI, clomid, letrozole, lupron, follistim, menopur, trigger shots, PIO, delestrogen, PCOS, Endo, DOR, MFI, TWW, beta testing, how important the thickness of your lining is, FET, PUPO, eggs retrieved/fertilized/frozen, donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos. Plus a few more I probably left out. 

 
 
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Whether you were pregnant for 6 weeks or 16 weeks before having a miscarriage--the loss is still the same. And boy it can be a heavy, unexplainable kind of loss. You know you are grieving but society might tell you otherwise (with pretty hurtful comments). 

You learn that two embryos didn't make it to Day 5. You learn one didn't make it through the thaw the morning of your FET. You learn your transfer didn't work. You aren't sure what to make of these feelings because it doesn't fit a specific category---but it does: grief.  

You are allowed to grieve these losses. The loss of the future you planned for each pregnancy and embryo. The loss you have experienced needs to be processed just like any other loss. 


 
 

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Perinatal Mental Health

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Can you relate to any of these?

  • Feel it is more than just the "baby blues"

  • Feel more irritable or angry 

  • Difficult bonding with your baby

  •  Lack of interest in your baby

  • Exhausted but can't sleep

  • Feel like you should have never become a mother

  • Feel like you are "going crazy"

  • Constant worry and racing thoughts 

  • Hopeless that things will get better

  • Intrusive thoughts and upsetting mental images related to your baby

  • Counting, checking, cleaning to ensure the safety of your baby


If you found yourself nodding yes while reading the list then please know you are not alone and it is not your fault.  Symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders can happen anytime during pregnancy and the first postpartum year. It affects 20% of  women (dads, partners and adoptive mamas can get it, too!) and it's not just postpartum depression.  It includes Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety, OCD and Postpartum PTSD as well as Postpartum Psychosis. 

And yes, there are risk factors but no woman is invincible.  

 
 

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The Wait: Group Therapy for Women Walking through Infertility

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Please contact me if you are interested in joining group therapy that begins in September 2019. We will meet monthly and the cost is $50 per session. More information will be provided  upon request. Spaces are limited so save your seat!


 

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Young Adults

An open letter to twenty-somethings and young adults

Dear You, 

Remember the days when you wanted nothing more than freedom? To be done with school, working at an awesome job and making the big money?  Has it been as easy as you thought it was going to be? For most of us, many life transitions and milestones are introduced during these years and it can be very overwhelming!  You might be questioning every decision you have to make or doubting every decision you've already made.  Professors, employers and landlords can ignite sleepless nights and cause you to worry more than you ever have before. The pressure you feel to succeed is beating you down.  

You might have noticed changes that "aren't you" such as:

  • Irritability towards friends and family
  • Hopelessness and excessive worry
  • Difficulty enjoying things like you used to
  • Using negative behaviors to cope with daily life (increased alcohol/drug use, excessive food consumption or cutting)

These are all red flags. Your mind and body are yelling "Something is wrong and I need help!"  You've worked too hard to get this far and feel miserable.  Talking to someone that has been in your shoes (not that long ago) might be very good for you. I can't make life  easier for you but I can help you learn positive ways to deal with it. 

Love, 
Beth


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Teens + Tweens

From attitudes and defiance to low self esteem and bullying, the feeling that your teenager needs to talk to someone other than you is probably true.

It isn't because you haven't done an amazing job being a parent (I'm sure you have!) or that you've given up on helping them (I doubt it!) but there are so many daily issues that happen in your teen's life that they just don't feel comfortable talking to you about. Many times it boils down to a) they don't know how to communicate their feelings appropriately or b) you're their parent and some topics will always be off limits (No offense). 

Yes, I will start off being a stranger that might know more about your teen's feelings than you do but I ask that you trust me with this information. Most, if not all, of my parents feel a sense of relief knowing I am an outlet that their teenager can talk to even if it isn't them.  Common issues discussed include self esteem, body image, peer drama, family discord and learning how to effectively cope!