Royal Family & January 2017

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I wanted to share that I am unfortunately unable to take further counselling enquiries until January 2017. I have been receiving enquiries and thought it may be helpful to share on all my resources of this update. Please email me closer to the date for available appointment times. I will keep updating this blog with other helpful resources and thoughts in the meantime.

Also check this out. I love how the royal family is addressing mental health by being part of the Heads Together Campaign. It’s great to see those who receive a lot of social attention advocate for topics like this.

 

 

 

Rethinking: What are your thoughts on Postpartum Mental Health?

 

I first came across Postpartum Depression as a young University student. One of my Public Health modules involved a project presenting on any health issue we wanted to focus on. That’s when I came across this new subject: PPD or Baby Blues. Well, that’s not true. I heard bits and pieces here and there, but didn’t really know the details of it. I knew that Brooke Shields was the face of representing awareness on the topic in Hollywood as she had experienced it herself and wanted to be open about the issue. The more people I spoke with, the more surprised I became at how few people actually even knew this existed. I found myself publicly raising awareness not just for my project sake, but I was actually educating people about it in real life. That’s when the desire began to explore this field a bit further.

Now, as a counsellor, I get to work with this topic. It’s amazing when I have clients come before giving birth and we can explore this area and even better when we can continue after they’ve given birth. One of the many reasons I began online video counselling was because I desired to offer an option for mothers who felt limited or too overwhelmed to make the initial steps of walking out their front door, which can be common for those experiencing postpartum depression. Women have varying reasons for not sharing this portion of their journey with others.

The link below is a Buzzfeed video about Andrea Yates and a brief history of her journey with her depression before she took the lives of her children. As one can see, there are many comments with varying opinions. What are your thoughts?

Buzzfeed Video: Andrea Yates & Postpartum Psychosis

Many people say they will delay counselling for when they reach a crisis point. While it is highly recommended and very helpful to attend counselling when one is at such seasons, it can be said that it is possibly even more helpful to seek counselling before an issue reaches this crisis point. The questions worth asking here are, what’s causing the delay in counselling? why does it need to reach crisis point to do something about it? or what would happen if you went to a counsellor now?

 

 

Getting Started is The Hardest Step

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It is shared by many, this procrastination that becomes our best friend when we desire to take the first step towards something. It is comforting until the dread of ‘TO DO’ lists come into play and it seems to rob the initial joy of starting something new. Sound familiar? We have all been there, but say there are varying reasons for this procrastination, no?

I have been meaning to start this mental health blog for a very long time now, but life seems to always get in the way. Mostly, it has been difficult because I wanted the first post to be really helpful for my readers and I just could not decide which topic to address first. But as I sat in the very moment and with other conversations coming into play, I realised I was sitting in the very dilemma most of my clients sit with or have sat with at one point. Taking the first step towards something. It could be anything.

Whether it be the first step to look for a counsellor and book an initial consultation, the first step to try something new or to return to something which now seems like ancient history, it can be the most difficult and daunting step. So this post may not address all the other mental health topics I initially had in my mind, however, I find it quite relational and in the moment. Even as an Integrative counsellor myself, I am not immune to this procrastination of the ‘first’. If it seemed like I am and amongst others, possibly we are just more aware of it. This is part of counselling, unlocking awareness of certain parts of our ourselves and then comes that part again…the first step.

I look forward to sharing more about mental health in this space. Follow me for updates as they come!