While people discuss having a child as perhaps the most wonderful and life-changing event a person will ever experience, they acknowledge that trying to get pregnant and being pregnant can be extremely stressful, or that the transition into parenthood can lead to feeling stressed, anxious and depressed. Some endure years of 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 may remain blissful throughout pregnancy, only to discover that they are stressed, exhausted, or overwhelmed by the transition to 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. We use hypnosis for positive visualization, to promote relaxation, and to address anxiety and fears. Our therapists’ in-depth knowledge of fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum issues helps individuals achieve success, connect to NYC’s top resources, and navigate this wonderful and yet challenging time.
Struggling with infertility can be lonely It can be difficult to describe to others the myriad emotions and anxiety that accompany the process of trying to get pregnant. 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 a process with an uncertain outcome. You may feel isolated, surrounded by others who seem to get pregnant easily while you’re experiencing so much difficulty, and you might feel jealous or resentful.
Our therapists work with individuals and couples during the process of trying to get pregnant. They are not only experts in using hypnosis and therapy techniques to guide clients through the process, but also have vast knowledge about infertility. They are able to connect clients to the top fertility specialists in the city, and help clients understand their medications, know when to advocate for themselves, and develop a plan that incorporates integrative and nontraditional medicine according to the client’s preference.
Our form of therapy blends hypnosis and psychotherapy with clinical research. While hypnosis and therapy will not directly help a client get pregnant, it will aid in the process. Hypnosis can be used to alleviate the intense anxiety around fertility treatments, increase positive thinking, and relax thoughts of self-doubt and self-blame. Integrative therapy addresses the struggles associated with infertility and fertility treatments — like limited time, social isolation, and difficulties with romantic partners — that often arise during this time. By combining therapy and hypnosis, our therapists help clients move through this process with less anxiety, greater confidence, and better connection in their relationships.
While pregnancy is a wonderful experience, it is also quite normal to feel 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 society’s expectations that both men and women should be nothing but hopeful, optimistic, and glowing from the experience. Instead, we often feel a mixture of emotions. We can be happy about being pregnant, while 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 our life goals. Any ambivalence, fear, or doubt can be hard to discuss with our friends and family or even admit to ourselves.
Our therapists work with clients 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 bringing to bear expert knowledge of the pregnancy process and available resources.
Integrating hypnosis and therapy can be powerful for preparing to get pregnant, the pregnancy itself, and the birthing process. Hypnosis aids in visualizing a positive pregnancy and life for the child, calming the mind and helping clients access inner resources to help them through this process. Therapy works to address fears and concerns, stop obsessive thoughts surrounding pregnancy, and promote the transition to parenthood. Our therapists integrate hypnosis and therapy in an approach tailored to each client, who can make an informed choice about what kind of support they need and work with us to develop a cohesive plan to aid them through the process.
The transition into parenthood is a beautiful experience but can also be extremely challenging. It’s a time full of mixed emotions, where someone can feel blissful about the birth of their new child while also feeling strained financially and emotionally. This major life change and new set of responsibilities can feel completely exhausting and overwhelming.
Our therapists use hypnosis, mindfulness, and hypnotherapy to support new mothers through postpartum issues and the transition into parenthood. We understand the 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 relationships. We help clients navigate difficult parenting decisions and provide 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. This is often a period where we are caring for another at the expense of personal self-care. We use our vast 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 clients find peace and calmness when feeling frantic and overwhelmed.
When sadness feels intense in the months after giving birth, it may be Postpartum Depression. Read more about PPD symptoms and therapy HERE.
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