Pregnancy & Postnatal Counselling

Pregnancy Counselling

Pregnancy Counselling

Sometimes pregnancy is not all ‘peaches and cream’ for some women. It can be a demanding and challenging time. It can impact on a woman’s physical health, her mental and emotional well-being and affect her work and relationships.

  • How will I know what to do
  • Will I bond with my baby
  • Can I trust my body
  • Can I really let go
  • Can I really cope with the pain; etc

A woman goes inward a lot during pregnancy and the growth and wellbeing of her baby is constantly on her mind. A real ‘navel-gazing’ occurs about the what if’s, the what might’s and what will the future be like questions.  This internal questioning is a natural state of affairs, but for some women, it can provoke higher levels of anxiety, turmoil and self-doubt. It’s normal and natural to have conflicting thoughts  of motherhood, let alone of pregnancy, labour and the birth process. For some women though, it’s a continuing struggle to hold onto their daily reality and reconcile the conflict of their anxious thoughts.

It is at these times that pregnancy counselling can be a helpful option, to settle any distress or concerns that you may be having,  and to undo thinking that you are causing your baby harm with your ‘thoughts’.

When to see a Counsellor?

When a woman is genuinely struggling with something that she cannot fix herself, and the problem appears to worsen as she becomes more pregnant, it is time to seek appropriate help.  As pregnancy is a finite time and not without its own set of discomforts, it is advisable to seek early and appropriate support to get a better understanding of what is happening for you. Early pregnancy is a hormonal rollercoaster, which can make thoughts and feelings seem more extreme.

True healing does come from within… But if you are struggling to believe that because your experience is telling you differently, find out how you can overcome your suffering and find personal freedom and inner peace with appropriate support.

Therapy may include hypnosis, psychotherapy and learning other techniques such as Mindfulness, with a step-by-step plan to manage your new progress. It depends on the individual woman and what her particular set of needs are, problems, resources and abilities to effectively problem solve. Support and a community of family and friends will also influence a woman’s capacity to engage back into life and to become an active member again when she resolves her sense of purpose and self-trust.

Most issues can be worked with in a therapeutic space of enquiry and resolution to create and discover new resources for you, to build your self-confidence and to reconnect to a deeper internal place of self-healing that will always be your most valuable resource.

The key to any success is gentle confidence based on your self-acceptance and the resilience to learn from conflict and challenge.

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Claire is a trained counsellor, hypnotherapist and childbirth educator.
Pregnancy is a ‘hold onto your seat’ time and a woman can often come unstuck,
during this sometimes volatile period. Counselling a woman in need, helps
her to learn to nurture herself in order to nurture her baby. This is a very
important time of growth for mother and baby

You may benefit from learning mindfulness techniques as part of our various psychological services.

Contact Us to find out how we can help you.

Schedule a Pregnancy Counselling Appointment

Gift Vouchers

Health Fund rebates are available depending on your level of cover. Process your HICAPS  claim on the spot and we accept payment by cash, eftpos, credit carf and online transfers.

Testimonials to check out what our other clients say!

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351

Nurturing

The word ‘nurture’ has two meanings: one to nourish and the other to bring up, train or to educate (The Concise Oxford Dictionary).  Another useful word for nurturing and perhaps more straight-forward in meaning, is self-care. Self- care is a very important part of anybody’s life, and particularly so for a pregnant woman. The degree of self-care that you can introduce into your daily pregnant world will help you to take greater care of yourself, in small ways and to increase your responsiveness to your needs as they arise. Women in general, can be very good at putting off meeting their own needs, until it comes to a ‘blow-up’ point that is never very satisfactory in the short-term or long-term. Learning to meet your needs in small ways really does make a difference and trains you in the art of nurturing. A mother who recognises and acts on her own needs is much more able to nurture her own baby, because she gets it!

All fitting preparatory training for a mother-to-be. But it can be scary if you don’t know how to self-care or struggle to give to yourself with compassion!

The first-time pregnant woman may not give much thought to actual self-nourishment or self-care, as she may too busy just getting on with her daily life and juggling the work/domestic/ social/relationships aspects already. But at some time in a woman’s pregnancy, she starts to feel the compelling and combined effects of her pregnant and more weighty self – to slow down. Like a steam train running out of puff.  Pregnancy is humanising. YOU have to slow down and go inward to see what is going on in there – with baby and you. Turning inward can be uncomfortable and disturbing thoughts may come up.

Often, these are the key underlying issues that fuel and drive anxieties; as in, you don’t trust yourself to be good at something you have never done before, triggering self-doubt and perpetuating the cycle of anxiety and self-doubt.

Looking afresh at new possibilities as in understanding what nourishment is all about, is part of the key to undoing old anxieties and leaving them at the door of a new beginning.

Nourishment as a part of nurturing, means to cherish in a warm and heartfelt way, which can be extended to another person, and lends itself, in the context of pregnancy, to the cherishing of baby.  Cherishing self however is really the first step of being in a place of hopefulness and a sense of care to promote a state, if you like, of nourishment which grows more as it is fed. Pregnancy is such a rich time to learn to do these things for yourself even if it’s a struggle; and especially if it’s something that never happened naturally in your own family of origin. Looking inward strikes a note of impending change, and change means thinking, feeling and doing something different. Change means different from today, different in the future. Change can be fearful because we don’t know what will happen. Pregnancy is all about change and having to adapt, resist, accept, and do it all over again until we become better at going along with the cycle of change.

When a woman, pregnant or otherwise is able to both recognise and confront these shortcomings in herself, the drive to change is hugely motivating. For at the end of the day, our goal is to be a loving mother, as best as you can?

Mindfulness

A clear and calm state of mind that can take some time to achieve, with daily practise to maintain, implement, enjoy and reap the benefits of in your daily life. Mindfulness is a learnt style of meditation, using the breath, as the primary focus and anchor, to still the mind of restless thinking. This focussed method of concentration, helps ‘steady’ the mind and promotes greater clarity of awareness and insight. Hence, mindfulness is also called ‘insight’ meditation.

Nothing complicated or mysterious about that. Except a lot of us have forgotten how to breathe simply and naturally, which is where it can start to get complicated!  Watch a young baby lie on their back and see the distension of their abdomen, as they just breathe. That’s natural breathing and our natural state of ease.

Especially upper chest breathing is a shallow type of breath and more simply – is a panic and anxious breath!  How many people do you know who breathe like that?

There are various forms or styles of meditation to suit a person; with the primary intention being, to reclaim your natural breath, improve your health and wellbeing,  and make it an ongoing and active part of your life.

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Mindfulness

Benefits of meditation:
  • Reducing and managing stress, from daily natural stresses to anxiety and some types of depression
  • Reducing high blood pressure, hypertension
  • Aiding childbirth
  • Reducing both acute and chronic pain sufferers
  • For enhanced performance in any activity you can think of (with no exaggeration meant).

There are various schools of meditation offering group mindfulness or other types of meditation courses that are all equally beneficial to the person.

Or you may benefit from learning mindfulness techniques as part of various psychological services with Claire.

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You may benefit from learning mindfulness techniques as part of our various psychological services.

Contact Us to find out how we can help you.

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Gift Vouchers

Health Fund rebates are available depending on your level of cover. Process your HICAPS  claim on the spot and we accept payment by cash, eftpos, credit carf and online transfers.

Testimonials to check out what our other clients say!

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351

The Healing Practice

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Rd
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040
M: 0438 216 351

The Healing Practice
129b Balmain Road
Leichhardt, Sydney NSW 2040

Contact The Healing Practice Learn how we can help you or Call Claire on 0438 216 351.