I have over twenty five years experience of supporting mothers and their families experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety. Having had severe PND and anxiety after the births of both my daughters over 30 years ago, I trained as a counsellor and have a diploma in humanistic counselling.
I offer one to one support on line and face to face and also have my own charity The Cedar House Support Group, which supports mothers in groups in Surrey and South West London.
The groups allow mothers to meet others who are feeling similar to themselves which helps to reduce their sense of isolation and normalise their feelings. The groups are relaxed, informal and totally confidential and we have great success rates in helping mothers through their recovery. We offer a creche in the groups and both this and the groups are free of charge.
I use a very gentle and supportive person centered model in both my one to one and group therapy.
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
Face to face and online counselling.
I have a wealth of professional and personal experience in supporting mothers and their families through postnatal depression and anxiety. I also support mothers in the pre natal period who may be experiencing difficulties.
COST : £40 and hour
I facilitate postnatal depression support groups in Surrey and South West London.
The groups allow mothers to meet others who are feeling similar to themselves which helps to reduce the sense of isolation and normalise their feelings. The groups are relaxed, informally and totally confidential and we have great success rates in helping mothers through their recovery. We offer a creche in the groups and both this and the groups are free of charge.
COST : Free
This group helped me so much by letting me talk about my feelings without being judged, in a very relaxed informal setting.
The group has allowed me to feel 'normal' again, get my confidence back and really start to enjoy my life and baby.
This has helped me understand that the feelings I have had are very common, normal and that I'm not a bad mother.
I never ever thought that by sitting with people that I didn't know for two hours each week would help me get better, but it certainly has and I'm made some great friends too!
I think the fact that the counsellor had had postnatal depression was really helpful, she could really understand and empathise with what we were all going through and feeling.
The group probably stopped me from going 'mad' and allowed me to gain perspective on my situation.
- This group is brilliant and just fantastic that it is led by someone who has experienced what we are going through, not judged and very respectful of any comments made.
- This group has saved my life and given me a chance to be with my boys.
- This group saved me when I felt so hopeless and I learnt to communicate my feelings better with my partner which improved our relationship.
I don't know what I would have done without this group, I cannot thank the facilitators and the supporters of this group enough.