Perinatal Therapy 

Perinatal therapy for parents who have experienced psychological distress during pregnancy, birth or in the post-natal period.

It can often be difficult to differentiate what are the symptoms of depression and what are the normal emotional, mental and physical changes that can occur during pregnancy.

However, persistent symptoms to keep an eye out for include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Withdrawing from friends
  • Decrease in energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Daily negative thoughts
  • Change in appetite – lack of or increased eating
  • Feeling restless
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Decrease in self-care

Offering specialist therapy for parents and parents-to-be who have experienced:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Tokophobia (fear of giving birth)

  • Miscarriage

  • Stillbirth

  • Birth trauma

  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Complications 

Many women will experience a traumatic birth with no follow up support. Left untreated, perinatal, birth trauma or postpartum depression can interfere with the health and of mother and child and their attachment bond.

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Dr. Louise Jane Clarke

DIRECTOR: CONSULTANT CHARTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr Clarke has a specialist interest in perinatal mental health. She is a member of the following:

  • Perinatal Mental Health Specialist Interest Group, Psychological Society Ireland
  • The Irish Fertility Counselling Association
  • Member of The Birth Trauma Association
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