There is a saying that being a mother is the hardest job you will ever love, but one that you will also struggle with in ways you never imagined. It is also an incredibly humbling experience. Many women have a specific expectation of the motherhood experience and are often met with a very different reality.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders are very common (with new statistics putting it at 1 out of every 7 women meeting clinical criteria) yet often go untreated due to various barriers. These conditions are very treatable with the appropriate professional help.
This group is designed to provide a safe space for new and experience mothers to come together to learn and share the highs and lows of motherhood. Whether you are newly postpartum or dealing with older children and the struggles that they bring, this group is for you. Evidence-based practices will be taught to assist mothers who are struggling to cope, and to recover and live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle for both herself and her family.
Topics that will be discussed are:
Identifying triggers for depression, anxiety, and postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder
Identifying unhealthy thought patterns
Self care and balance
Adjusting to the many roles women often juggle in today's society
Examining the effects of depression and anxiety on relationships and moving forward toward a healthy future.
Accepting you are struggling and asking for help is one of the biggest battles so if a mother can get that far, that is half the battle already won!! "
There are three six week sessions available. Please register for the start date of the session you wish to attend.
First session: 12/6/16-1/10/17
Second session: 1/17/2017- 2/21/17
Third session: 2/28/17-4/4/17
Investment: $180 for six week session
This group is facilitated by Dr. Sarah Scimeme. Dr. Scimeme has extensive experience working with womenon this topic, having completed research on postpartum depression for her doctoral dissertation. Additionally, Dr Scimeme has an extensive clinical backgound and expertise treating trauma. Dr. Scimeme has done several poster presentations at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies convention on various topics including postpartum depression, mindfulness, the relationship between symptoms of psychopathology and children and their parents, and informed consent process to graduate students and their clients. She has also participated in a panel discussion on self-care at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Annual Convention.
For more information please call 732-460-1300 x 302
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