Forest for the Trees Perinatal Psychology, Newcastle, provides perinatal counselling to support the wellbeing of women and their families throughout the perinatal period and beyond. The perinatal period is considered to be the time spanning from conception (the start of the antenatal period) through to one year after the baby has been born (the postnatal). We also consider the process of conception, which in some cases may include experiencing fertility problems or having a miscarriage, to be an important part of the perinatal period.
Becoming a parent is often a time of joy, but for some people this can be a time of significant upheaval and many women and their families struggle during antenatal and postnatal periods. Women experience greater physical and emotional demands during this time, as well as having to adjust to new and different roles. In modern society there are many pressures on families, and in addition to this people carry their own internal expectations and judgments, which can sometimes make it difficult to see the forest for the trees.
We are here to support those parents who carry their own personal struggles, such as adjusting to parenthood, coping with loss, managing feelings of dissatisfaction or concerns they may be ‘failing’ in some way, as well as those with diagnosed mental health conditions, such as postnatal depression. We believe that the mental wellbeing of mothers is paramount because this shapes the family atmostphere and directly impacts on others – partners, babies and the rest of the family. We are here to provide psychological support to mothers, and their partners, which will in turn enhance the social and emotional development of their baby.