Psychotherapy & Counselling
The stress of the day-to-day - and of the unusual and unexpected - can really cause a lot of wear-and-tear on not only our own mental health, but can also cause problems with our relationships. At West End Mamas, we recognize that these life transitions are hard – harder than anyone ever could have prepared us for – and we are here to help. Melissa Moore, our psychotherapist is available to help you through the ups and downs involved with getting pregnant, being pregnant and being a parent.
If you’ve never been to see a therapist before, there is no better time than the present. If you’ve seen one before: welcome back! We can’t wait to help give you the help you need to manage life’s ups and downs.
What Is Psychotherapy
Basically psychotherapy is “talk therapy”, to help you work your way through anything in your life that you might find stressful or difficult. The term psychotherapy covers the many forms of talk therapies available.
The aim of psychotherapy is to help clients overcome a wide scope of concerns. Things like relationship issues, to fear about having a baby, to stress from being a new mom, to basically anything in between. Psychotherapists can train solely in psychotherapy. They may also cross over from other professional backgrounds within the mental health sector.
Our psychotherapist can choose from a wealth of approaches to help you understand and explore how you feel. She also gives you skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively.
Commonly Asked Questions About Psychotherapy
What does a typical appointment look like?
The first several visits allow the therapist to get to know the client. Typically, appointments last around an hour to an hour and a half (this will be decided beforehand, so no surprises!). Our therapy room is very comfy – the therapist sits in a chair and you can sit on a nice comfortable couch and get settled in. It’s a comfortable, private setting. with each appointment, the therapist and client work together to create strategies and a solid plan to help the client overcome and deal with his or her issues.
Do you only see women at West End Mamas?
Even though we are called West End Mamas, we offer individual and couples counselling, and if you would like your partner to see the therapist on their own, they are more than welcome to.
When should I see a psychotherapist?
The most common reasons that people come to therapy are feelings of anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, trouble in relationships, parenting stress, stress in the workplace and dealing with unresolved trauma and issues from the past.
Consider therapy if you have noticed any of the following:
- You are dealing with an issue in your life that is causing you significant distress.
- Nothing you have done seems to be helping.
- Your friends and family can’t seem to help you and are tired of listening to your problems.
- You start overusing or abusing something or someone to help alleviate your problems.
- People have noticed that you’re having a hard time and said something to you.
How does couples counselling work?
With committed relationships, it takes two to tango. If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties and have decided to seek help, it is most effective to come to counselling together to properly establish some goals and strategies in order to help you both move forward in your relationship. We may or may not recommend individual counselling in addition to couples counselling.
When will I feel better?
Every person is different! Some clients feel much better after one or two sessions, others take months or even a year to gradually work through their issues and feel better. Usually it takes a few weeks to feel a noticeable difference, and in some cases, it is necessary to visit a psychiatrist in conjunction with the psychotherapist in order to explore medication options.Do you only treat women with postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression?
No. Our psychotherapists help mamas (and couples) through all of life’s ups and downs — from pregnancy anxiety (aka antenatal anxiety) to postpartum depression and beyond.Can pregnancy cause depression or anxiety?
Pregnancy can bring major life changes — physically, emotionally and hormonally. It’s completely normal to feel anxiety or depression at some point during pregnancy — your body is growing a human, after all! Talking to a psychotherapist and/or finding a strong support network (like the incredible Mamas at West End Mamas) can help you through those tough times.
Is it worth coming for therapy before my baby is born?
Absolutely! Calmer parents will result in a calmer birth and an easier adjustment to a new baby in the house. If you or you and your partner are experiencing stress or worry during your pregnancy, it is highly recommended that you come in for therapy to iron out some of your issues before your world gets turned upside down.
Complementary Services & Treatments
We provide a holistic approach to treatment, and have a wide variety of services that compliment each other. Click on the links below for more information about how our other services can help you on your path to motherhood.