Everyone says motherhood is always filled with joy…but what if it’s not?

My daughter is the best and hardest thing I have ever done in my life!
My daughter is the best and hardest thing I have ever done in my life!

As a new mom I dealt with post partum depression, body image issues, breastfeeding questions, and an entire gamut of emotions.  Thankfully, one of my best friends is a mental health therapist that helped me to get my head out of the sand and start enjoying the fun side of motherhood!  Today I am here to encourage us to stop suffering silently and to take care of ourselves.

Our kids see so much more than we think and it is vital that we take care of our own emotional needs so that we can take care of our children to the fullest.  ihelpmoms.com is all about connecting you to great resources to be healthy and happy.  Read on to find out how our ihelpmoms.com mental health providers are here to help YOU!
Enjoy learning more about how you can find balance and happiness in motherhood from mental health professional Marcela Topf:

Why is therapy helpful for new moms? Therapy can help new mothers bridge the gap between their expectations of what they thought parenthood would be like, the reality of what they are actually living versus how they would love to be living.

A baby changes your entire world.  Make it a happy change for asking for help when you need it!
A baby changes your entire world. Make it a happy change by asking for help when you need it!

Does going to therapy mean there is something wrong with me? Actually, it can mean the opposite! A person’s ability to seek help can be a sign of overall mental health. It means you know you have a problem and you are willing to work on it. In my experience the person that goes into therapy is brave and stronger than they give themselves credit for. It takes strength and determination to look at yourself and actively make a change for a better life.

How does therapy help new moms cope with transitioning in to motherhood? For some moms once the new baby arrives, moms find themselves lost in their new roles and stop doing the things that previously kept them balanced. Therapy can help moms by providing immediate support and exploring basic coping skills. The first goal is to work on symptom relief and empowering moms to figure out what they need to do to start feeling better, fast. Throughout the process it is also possible that past experiences may be explored to see if they
are contributing in any way negatively and holding you back from being able to fully enjoy this new chapter in your life.

What format should I expect during a therapy session? The first session we talk about what led you to seek help. That is our starting point, from there we will explore together what you would like to obtain out of the therapeutic experience. We work together to define your goals and work towards reaching them.Marcela T Bio Headshot-1

If your health was troubling you, would you feel bad about consulting with a trained professional that could help you get better?

Fortunately people are starting to view pro-active measures to improve one’s mental health in the same light as we view our physical health.

Make sure to check out ALL of the amazing mental health professionals for moms at www.ihelpmoms.com!  Don’t suffer silently, our ihelpmoms.com providers are here to help you to find health and happiness!

ihelpmoms.com featured Ask the Expert: Marcela Topf has been helping mothers & their families live healthier and happier lives since 2000. Marcela received her first degree in psychology from the Pontificia Bolivariana University, in Medellin, Colombia followed by a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.  Marcela is a Registered Mental Health Counselor with the state of Florida.