I will help you be the parent you WANT to be, not the parent you're SUPPOSED to be.
It’s all supposed to be “natural” and happy...wanting to have a baby, trying to have a baby, actually having a baby. We aren’t “good parents” or we are “failures” if things don’t happen the way they did for our cousin, our neighbor, the person who shares your office at work.
“I shouldn’t be feeling this way” and “nobody else feels like this” weigh heavily on your exhausted and hyperemotional brain, and you wonder if there is something terribly wrong with you.
Guess what: there isn’t. And I am here to tell you that you can make it through this.
Infertility and the emotions that accompany it are hidden away. Losses can be devastating. Adoption can be overwhelming. Everything from preconception through the first year of your baby’s life carries its own unique feelings, issues, and problems regardless of the sex and/or gender of the parent(s).
Together we can navigate your specific birth journey: where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are going. I’m here to tell you that you are not alone...that the feelings and thoughts you are having are not taboo. I will help you find your strengths.
Trish Wilkinson, LCSW
Maternal/Paternal Health Counseling
“Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.”
- Les Brown
My goal is to help you navigate your path and reach the destination you desire.
Adding a baby to your life should be the stuff of dreams. What happens when those dreams don’t meet reality? What if you aren’t the parent you thought you’d be? What if the thought of labor fills you with fear and trepidation? What if you think it will never happen for you… there will never be a little one to hold in your arms?
There are many fallacies that are attached to becoming a parent. There are external and internal pressures. There are expectations and comparisons that make us doubt and resent. There can be grieving and lost hopes. There can be trauma and loss. Where are the rainbows, butterflies, and sunshine that we are supposed to o have been led to believe we will feel.
Believe me, you are not alone. And I want to help you find the answers you deserve. There is a way you can find your way through the confusion and the doubts. And I want to help you sift through what are dreams and what can be reality.
You need to know you are supported and your feelings are acknowledged and heard. With my 30+ years of therapy and birth doula work, my hope is to join you anywhere along the path from preconception to the first year of life.