What is Reproductive Mental Health Counselling?
Reproductive Mental Health refers to specialized support provided to women throughout their reproductive years. From the onset of puberty to the time of menopause, women can spend decades dealing with issues related to their reproductive health. This could include new or returning problems related to mood, thinking and functioning. These issues can effect day to day well being, relationships with partners as well as relationships with children.
Issues related to mental health during the reproductive years are not rare:
- Postpartum depression and anxiety will affect 15-20% of women and 10% of their partners
- Up to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (40% for women 40 and over)
- 1 in 6 couples are affected by infertility (approximately half a million Canadians)
- Approximately 30% of women are traumatized during the birth of their child and between 2% and 6% go on to develop symptoms consistent with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What is Infant Mental Health?
Infant Mental Health refers to the social and emotional development in children aged birth to five years of age. It refers to their ability to:
- Experience, control and express emotion
- Form close and secure relationships
- Explore their environment
All of this is done in the context of relationships and within the context of family, community and culture. Infants are born 100% dependant on their caregivers for love, support and to have their needs met.
Sometimes there are things that can get in the way of the caregiver(s) being present, attuned and responsive to their infants; this in turn can affect their social and emotional development adversely.
I offer a range of services for young children, adults, individuals, couples and parent/child dyads both in person and via Skype. The services offered through Skype are limited so please enquire if interested and we can discuss if this is right for you.
Private counselling is covered by several extended health plans. Please check with your plan to see if you are covered for counselling with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
I am currently approved as a provider for Pacific Blue Cross, ICBC, Homewood Human Solutions and Crime Victim Assistance.
If I am not approved by your provider, you can request your provider review my qualifications as I am considered a specialist in the areas of Reproductive Mental Health and Infant Mental Health.
- 50 minute individual or parent/child session $110
Fees are due at the end of each session and are payable via cash or cheque. You can pre pay for your session via VISA/Mastercard by using PayPal. Sorry, but debit transactions are not accepted at this time.
Missed or Late Appointments
Your appointment has been reserved just for you, which prevents others from accessing services. 24 hour cancellation notice is required or you will be charged the full amount for your scheduled appointment.
If you arrive late for your session, the amount of time will not be made up. It will be deducted off of the 50 or 65 minute appointment time scheduled.
Consultation and Speaking Engagements
Please contact me for information on fees that apply to telephone/Skype consultations and speaking engagements.