Support in Pregnancy, After Childbirth and with Baby Loss
Having children can be a wonderful experience. However, it is not like this for everyone. From difficulties conceiving, to pregnancy complications, to post-natal depression and losing a baby – many experiences in the perinatal period can lead to overwhelming emotions and deep distress. It can be difficult and sometimes lonely to notice life continuing around you when you are struggling. You are not alone.
Some of the issues we offer support for are outlined below.
- Termination of pregnancy
- Post-natal depression
- Mental health in Pregnancy (eg. anxiety, low mood, OCD, PTSD)
- Birth trauma
- Premature birth
- Attachment in the postnatal period
- Time in neonatal or special care baby units
- Sudden infant death
- Problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic/lockdown in relation to the antenatal and postnatal periods
We are not peri-natal specialists. However, along with being Clinical Psychologists, both Dr Galloway and Dr Morrison have personal experience of many of these issues, which adds to the empathy and passion we have for supporting women through these experiences. It also means we have lived experience of working through some of the internal and external processes and procedures associated with perinatal issues. We integrate these experiences with our clinical skills to provide a therapeutic service to women, their partners, and other affected family members. We can’t change what has happened or take the pain away, but we can walk the path with you and help you process what has happened. We can help you think about what you need to help you cope going forward.
We offer individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy for perinatal issues. We are both trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which can be an effective intervention for pregnancy/birth related traumas. We also use therapeutic methods from Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which we think can be helpful for the kinds of thoughts and feelings that often arise from these kinds of experiences. Please get in touch if you want to have an initial chat with one of us, or to book an appointment.