Our first workshop in our new Girl Talk Series will be taking place this Saturday. This workshop is titled "Empowering Young Women & Building Self-Esteem. We are excited for the launch of this fun, educational and empowering series! We know how important self-esteem and self-confidence are for our children, teens and young adults. We also know that research has told us that girls experience a decline in self-esteem between ages 12 and 13.
Our series will engage girls in a supportive network to build self-esteem, learn ways to support and build each other up, and develop a sense of empowerment through FUN and education!
So why did we start this series?
As mother's, one of our greatest desires is that our children believe in their abilities, strengths, and values, despite the messages they receive from the world. As a therapist, I have talked with children and teens struggling every day to make sense of their place in the world. Social expectations and school stressors are high, leaving little time for quiet self-reflection.
Do you remember the days of lying in your room, listening to the radio, lost in thought? Today, those time-out moments are far and few between, thanks to the multitude of activities and electronics competing for attention. It's important that we find a way to incorporate times for and encourage thought and self-reflection in our young girls and boys.
I want to share a video that I have found to be incredibly powerful and eye-opening. This video by Always sends a powerful message about a girl’s self-esteem that is best received by watching.
We hope that we can be a part of helping young girls and adolescents of valuing their worth and learning the importance of building each other up!
Check out more about our Girl Talk Series by visiting here.
The Center for Personal Wellness, LLC is pleased to announce and welcome Nicole Keller, MS, LPCC as the newest associate to join the practice.
Nicole Keller is an Independently Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and joining the practice with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She has experience in working in both outpatient and inpatient therapy settings, as well as with mental health crisis situations in the Emergency Room at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.
Nicole enjoys working with a wide variety of ages and issues. She has experience with children, teenagers, adults, geriatrics - in individual, group, family and couples counseling, Nicole also has experience working with those who are court ordered for counseling services. Using a nonjudgmental approach, all are welcome, whether the issue may seem big or small. She has experience with treating communication problems, anger management, domestic violence, self-esteem, addiction (drug, gambling, and porn), eating disorders, marital problems and infidelity, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, co-dependency, personality disorders, grief and loss, post-partum issues/women's issues, parenting, self-harm, career counseling and more.
Nicole is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in learning more about the Center for Personal Wellness and in the services that are available, please call us at (877) 262-4769 or visit us at www.centerforpersonalwellness.com
Is it possible to prepare for postpartum depression? Absolutely!
While not every new mom experiences PPD, mothers (and their babies) are best off when they consider whether they have a predisposition for it.
Here are some of the risk factors:
If you check any of these risk factor boxes, let your doctor know while you're still pregnant so everyone is on the same page. You can also connect with a therapist during pregnancy to set up a plan for after birth. Planning ahead allows time to research the effect of certain medications on breastfeeding, set up steps to seek help, and lessen some of the chaos that can ensue when PPD hasn't been discussed and becomes an emergency.
And if you are a mom and if you had PPD/A prior, it can be terrifying to think about having another baby and having to go through PPD/A again.
So what can moms do to reduce these risks? Below are some recommendations:
Taking steps may help to prevent a Perinatal Mood Disorder from occurring the second time around. And if you do struggle again, changes are that you will get help and recover much more quickly with preparation and planning.
A good resource is a book written specifically on this topic, called: “What Am I Thinking?: Having A Baby After Postpartum Depression” by Karen Kleiman.