While people often discuss having a child as perhaps the most wonderful and life changing event a person will ever experience, it is seldom acknowledged that trying to get pregnant and being pregnant can be an extremely stressful time, or that the transition into parenthood leads many to feel stressed, anxious and depressed. For some, it is years of both mental and physical agony going through invasive treatments trying to get pregnant, all the while questioning whether or not it will ever work. For others, pregnancy comes easily, but is full of uncertainty, anxiety and self doubt. Some parents, on the other hand, remain blissful throughout the pregnancy process, only to discover that they are stressed, exhausted, or overwhelmed by the amount of transition involved in becoming a new parent.
Our therapists use a variety of techniques and expertise in the field to provide an integrative and healing approach to infertility and issues that arise in response to pregnancy and postpartum stress. They are well-versed in the area, using hypnosis for positive visualization, promoting relaxation, and addressing anxiety and fears, while using their knowledge of infertility and pregnancy to enhance success, connect patients to NYC’s top resources and navigate difficult medical decisions. Their in-depth knowledge of fertility, pregnancy & postpartum issues helps individuals navigate this wonderful and yet challenging time.
It is difficult to describe to others who have not struggled getting pregnant what is so stressful about the process. For those suffering from infertility, the experience can be traumatic. You can spend years going from doctor to doctor, trying to understand what is wrong. It takes a lot of time, energy, and money, for something you don’t know will even work. You feel isolated; surrounded by those who get pregnant easily, and can feel jealous or resentful that you have to experience so much difficulty while others seem to have it easy.
Our therapists work with individuals and couples during the process of trying to get pregnant and understand how traumatic this can feel. They are not only experts in using hypnosis and therapy techniques to help a person through the process, but also have vast amount of knowledge about infertility. They use this knowledge to connect their patients to the top specialists for fertility in the city, help a person understand their medications, know when to advocate for themselves, and develop a plan that incorporates integrative and nontraditional medicine according to the patient’s preference.
Our form of therapy blends hypnosis and psychotherapy with clinical research. While hypnosis and therapy will not directly help a person get pregnant, there are several aspects that will aid in the process. Hypnosis can be used to alleviate the intense anxiety that results from fertility treatments, increase positive thinking, and relax self-doubting and blaming thoughts. Integrative therapy helps to address the struggles associated with infertility and fertility treatments, like limited time, social isolation, and difficulties with romantic partners that often arise at this time. By combining therapy and hypnosis, our therapists help a person move through this process with less anxiety, greater confidence, and better connectedness in their relationships.
While pregnancy is a wonderful experience, it is also quite normal to experience difficult emotions surrounding pregnancy, fear of medical procedures, anxiety over pregnancy options, worry that something will go wrong, or fear of life changes. This is often in sharp contrast to what we are told in society - that both men and women should be nothing but hopeful, optimistic, and glowing from the experience. We can, and often do, feel a mixture of emotions. We can be happy about being pregnant, while suddenly feeling anxious and fearful of life changes. We can be cheerful and envision a positive future with our child, while also feeling resentful of timing, uncertain about our relationship, or fearful that it will interfere with life goals. This can be hard to discuss with our friends and family or even admit to ourselves, believing it wrong to have ambivalence, fears, or doubts.
Our therapists work with women throughout the pregnancy process. They offer a supportive, nonjudgmental form of therapy which allows clients to discuss and explore their thoughts and feelings about pregnancy, while also utilizing her knowledge of the production process and resources available to help people during this time.
Integrating hypnosis and therapy can be powerful for preparing to get pregnant, the pregnancy itself, and the birthing process. Hypnosis can aid in visualizing a positive pregnancy and life for a child, calming the mind and helping a person access inner resources to help them through this process. Therapy, on the other hand, works to address fears and concerns, stop obsessive thoughts surrounding pregnancy, and promote the transition to the next state of life. Our therapists integrate the two flexibly, allowing a person to choose and understand what kind of support they need, and develop an integrated plan to aid a person through the process.
The transition into parenthood is a beautiful experience, but can also be extremely challenging for a variety of reasons. It’s a time full of mixed emotions, where a person can feel blissful about the birth of their new child, while also feeling strained financially and emotionally in addition to completely exhausted and overwhelmed by the new set of responsibilities.
Our therapists utilize hypnosis, mindfulness, and hypnotherapy to support new mothers through postpartum issues and the transition into parenthood. They understand the types of struggles women face upon becoming new mothers, such as hormonal fluctuations, loss of identity, trouble breastfeeding, navigating difficult career and financial decisions, sleep deprivation, isolation, and new strains on the relationship. They helps parents navigate difficult parenting decisions, and provides therapy for children and adolescents struggling with mental health issues.
There are many benefits to blending hypnosis, mindfulness and therapy techniques to support the transition into motherhood and issues surrounding parenting. Oftentimes, this is a period where we are caring for another at the expense of personal self care. Our therapist use their vast array of experience with CBT, psychoanalysis and relational therapy to create a safe and supportive environment to explore the thoughts and feelings associated with this transition, while using hypnosis and mindfulness to help a person find peace and calmness when feeling frantic and overwhelmed.
When the sadness and anxiety feels disproportionately intense in the months after giving birth, it may be due to Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. Read more about PPD symptoms and therapy HERE.
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