About Me

Hi there, welcome to my website! I'm Bryony (pronounced Brian-e). I'm passionate about working with people who are somewhere in the process of transitioning to parenthood. Perhaps you are trying to conceive and you are struggling to get pregnant, or have experienced a pregnancy loss. Maybe you are currently on a second or third pregnancy and want to be proactive about seeing a therapist because you experienced postpartum depression or anxiety after a previous birth. Or maybe you are in the thick of the postpartum fog and feel like you are unsure how to find your way back to yourself. There are so many new and intense feelings that can come up for us during this stage of our lives, many which we feel completely unprepared for and blindsided by. I'm here to help you sort through your feelings, come up with a plan to help you feel better, and give you a space to vent, cry, rage, unload and unpack without judgment or criticism.

Although I have been a counselor for thirteen years, it took me having my own child to become passionate about this specific area of mental health. After a difficult and scary birth experience, I felt a mixture of sadness and anxiety that I hadn't felt before. It took me doing my own research to figure out that I was experiencing trauma from my delivery. I was dismayed that, even as a mental health professional myself, I was so uninformed and unprepared for all of the potential mental health issues that can go along with the postpartum period. I was also shocked to learn that postpartum depression and anxiety are the most common complication of childbirth, yet we are given very little opportunity to talk about these concerns during our prenatal and postpartum checkups. I knew then that I wanted to learn more about how I could help prospective and new parents navigate this chapter of their lives, and provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to take good care of themselves during this transition. In May 2021, I became a PMH-C (Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional), indicating that I have undergone advanced training and have several years of experience working in perinatal mental health.

Below is a list of just some of the issues that clients see me for. If your particular concern is not on the list, feel free to reach out to me for a free 15-minute consultation to see whether we might be a good fit for each other!

  • Prenatal or postpartum depression

  • Prenatal or postpartum anxiety or OCD

  • Prenatal or postpartum PTSD

  • Traumatic birth experiences

  • Infertility

  • Miscarriage or stillbirth

  • Abortion

  • Infant loss or severe illness

  • Termination for a medical reason (TMFR)

  • Coping with a NICU stay

  • Navigating relationship with partner 

  • Strained relationships with in-laws

  • Decision making about growing your family

  • Health complication for fetus or infant

  • Return to work fears/ambiguity

  • Navigating multiples

  • Single parent support

  • Loss of identity after birth

  • Relationship boundaries with family/friends

  • Guilt, perfectionism and comparison

  • Breastfeeding challenges/grief

  • Sexual trauma history and birth/breastfeeding
     

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