Sarah L. Sciarra, MSS, LCSW
Pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood are some of the most extraordinary experiences of a lifetime. But, let's face it: these experiences can also trigger confusion, grief and anxiety, among many other physical and emotional challenges. Many women are not prepared for the full impact of this change and feel acutely alone, trying to present a "normal" face to the rest of the world.
The truth is that anyone, regardless of economic, ethnic or personal background, can be struck with postpartum anxiety and depression. It often catches families by surprise. In fact, recent studies indicate that as many as 1 in 7 women experiences PPD. Experiencing these debilitating symptoms while trying to care for an infant can make each day feel like you are swimming upstream, fighting a strong current that is pushing you down. Without the right help and education, symptoms can worsen and sometimes become very serious.
It doesn't have to be this hard. Therapy can be where your healing begins, where we begin to take care of YOU. I love working with all types of mothers and strive to provide a space where it is safe to speak the truth about what is on their minds. It can be difficult for women and their loved ones to determine if what they are experiencing is merely a normal reaction to the profound transformation of parenthood, or a sign of illness that requires specific treatment. This is why an assessment with a trained postpartum therapist is so critical. Because it takes a village to support a family, I collaborate closely with partners, lactation consultants, pediatricians, OB GYNs and other involved providers.
If you do not feel like yourself since giving birth, talking with a caring professional could make a significant difference. Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss if therapy would benefit you or your loved one.