Therapy for women
You had no idea that being a mom could be so tough.
You thought that you were well prepared for the arrival of your little one, but no amount of reading could have readied you for what was ahead.
Nothing you have ever experienced can compare with the demands of being a mom. Sleepless nights, diaper blow-outs, toddler tantrums and teenager troubles…
You feel breathless trying to keep pace with the needs of everyone around you.
Perhaps your journey has also included some unexpectedly painful moments; infertility, serious illness or a medical diagnosis for you or your child, or very difficult behavioural challenges with your kiddo.
Dealing with this has brought its own kind of soul numbing pain as you tried to navigate the added layers of complexity.
You know deep down that you want to be the kind of mom who is patient and loving with her kids.
But when it comes to living that out in the middle of all the chaos, you feel defeated.
It’s not like you to break down crying ‘over spilt milk’. To catch yourself whispering swear words under your breath, or having unkind thoughts you’d never dare say out loud.
Underneath the hum of chaos that surrounds you, there is a growing sense of exhaustion and anxiety.
Your feelings of helplessness grow every time you try unsuccessfully to bring some order to your unpredictable world.
Somehow, along the way, exhaustion, the constant demands and unpredictability of motherhood seems to have stolen your inner peace.
You’ve become stressed and cranky.
Your marriage has started to suffer and coffee has become your best friend.
You wonder why no one warned you that on some days, motherhood would feel impossible.
You wouldn’t admit it to anyone, but there are times that the only thing that gets you through is imagining yourself on a deserted island with no one calling your name.
Other moms seem to be rockin’ it, but, secretly, you’re convinced you’re going to feel like a hot mess for at least the next decade.
You never expected that motherhood was going to be easy, after all you had read all the parenting books and were fully prepared for there to be bad days.
But you never thought your life would feel so utterly hopeless and out of control.
When you seek counselling at Restore. Renew. Revive. in Bedford, Nova Scotia
I wish I could promise you that I could make motherhood feel easy.
I wish that somehow our work together would make all of your days flow peacefully and that you’d feel like a ‘good mom’ all.the.time.
Sadly, I can’t.
But what I can offer is a place where you can be raw and vulnerable about the reality of your journey as a mom. I can sit in the trenches with you.
I can teach you some skills and tools to help you regain a semblance of inner peace, even when the world around you feels chaotic.
Together, we can tackle ‘mom guilt’ and identify practical ways for you to feel less overwhelmed day-to-day.
Therapy for when Being a Mom is Hard will help:
- You get clear on what is most important to you as a mom and how to do that day-to-day without feeling like you are losing your mind.
- You learn practical strategies to deal with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.
- You increase your ability enjoy being in the moment and find a sense of inner peace even when your life circumstances feel overwhelming.
- You be able to get free from ‘mom guilt’ and learn how to be kinder and gentler towards yourself, even when you’ve dropped the ball.
- You develop some practical skills so life feels less overwhelming.
Therapy for Moms that don’t feel Pinterest Worthy
Listen, being a mom is a seriously tough job. It magnifies all your emotions. Happiness, anger, anxiety and fear all seem more intense when you are a mom….especially when you are working off of 3 hours of sleep a night for the past week ’cause someone’s been teething….or had the stomach flu.
Counselling for overwhelmed moms at Restore. Renew. Revive. will help you deal with your own ‘stuff’, find more calm in the chaos and feel (re)energized (without needing to go to the spa) so you can continue caring for your people.
Together, you and I will work to develop skills and strategies to deal with the anxiety that so often accompanies motherhood and tame the feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless. We’ll get clear about the kind of mom you want to be even in the middle of chaos and unpredictability and work together to identify strategies to get you there.
We will identify practical ways to help you live well, while doing the very demanding job of being a mom.
Here is what to expect:
Book a free 15 minute no-obligation call so we can chat more about working together.
It’s my hope that even before your first session you’ll be confident that we can work well together. And, if I’m not the right person for you, you can expect that I will point you in the right direction, so you can get the help you need.
I want you to be able to ask any questions you have about therapy with me, and anything else on your mind so you’ll know we’ll be a good fit so that coming to therapy in my Bedford office doesn’t feel stressful.
Our first session is 65-70 minutes long so that we can really get to know each other.
People are often really nervous to come to their first counselling session, so I want you know that it’s going to feel just like having a conversation with me.
We will talk about what’s been going on and how anxiety has been getting in the way. We’ll get really clear about your goals for therapy. By the end of this session, we’ll have a plan for the way ahead and you’ll leave with some new things to try out between sessions.
Ongoing Counselling Sessions:
For the first 2-3 sessions I generally meet with people weekly so that we can build momentum in the right direction. At these sessions, I will check in with you to see how things have been going between sessions. You can expect each session to include talking about practical steps you can take to move in the right direction and learning new skills and strategies to take get you there.
You can expect that I’ll be asking you to test these things out between visits so that you’ll be making progress between each time we see each other.
Once you start feeling more confident about managing your anxiety, we will spread out our visits to give you the chance to take the skills we’ve worked on together and test them out as you live your life.
On average, I see individuals for 10-20 sessions over a period of time. Of course, this depends on you, your situation and how quickly change starts happening. But this is something we will talk about together, because, ultimately, I want therapy to be something that adds to your life and doesn’t feel like one more stressful thing to add to your week.
More About Marcy Daniels MSW, RSW
As a Registered Clinical Social Worker, and a mom to 3 kids ranging in age from elementary school to teen years, I view myself as part coach, mentor and cheerleader for other moms in the trenches. My journey has been tough and I’ve learned a few things along the way that I feel confident will be helpful for you too. Coming to therapy with me offers you a place to unload, in a real and vulnerable way, to a listing ear that will not judge you. Working with women, and moms in particular, is a passion of mine and I’ve cultivated clinical experience and training in this area so I can bring you not only solid knowledge, but lived experience that has made me full of empathy and compassion for other struggling moms.
Restore. Renew. Revive. counselling & couples therapy helps moms shift from feeling anxious and overwhelmed to being confident that they won’t feel like a hot mess forever. I serve women throughout the Halifax Region in person and via a secure online Telehealth platform throughout Nova Scotia.
Who Benefits Most From This Therapy
Counselling is beneficial for moms who often feel overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted. It can really moms who are frustrated with themselves because they feel like they are falling short and disillusioned with the struggles of motherhood.
You will benefit from therapy if:
- You feel like running away to a deserted island to escape the constant calling of your name
- You feel a sense of being anxious or overwhelmed with all challenges that motherhood brings
- You beat yourself up for the 6 baskets of laundry that have yet to be folded and put away and other similar mom dilemmas
- You notice that you are no longer interested in activities, people and places that once brought you pleasure
- You find yourself crying often and feeling like you are incapable of balancing the demands on you
- Self care has become a third cup of coffee and a bag of chips eaten in the privacy of your bathroom
- You wonder if you should save the money for your kids therapy rather than coming to your own; you’re convinced you are messing it up so badly he’ll need it!
What Does Therapy Cost?
My initial session fee is $140 and each session after is $125.
My services are covered by most insurance plans, employee assistance plans and victim services. I also offer a limited number of reduced fee spots through Open Path Collective.
I am only able to directly bill certain insurance plans on Blue Cross. I will give you a detailed bill to submit to your insurance or to keep for income tax purposes.
I recommend you check your plan specifics before scheduling a session.
There are times when therapy with me might not be the best fit:
- You have been diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, have untreated postpartum depression or anxiety
- You are being physically, emotionally or verbally abusive with your children
- Your children are being neglected and are at risk of being harmed
- You are actively suicidal
- You are looking for parent coaching because your kids have a number of very difficult behaviours you don’t know how to address
If any of these apply to you, I can provide you with the appropriate referrals.
What are your office hours? Where are you located?
I am available for therapy sessions Tuesday – Friday 1 PM – 9 PM and Saturday 9-5.
My office is located across the street from the Sunnyside Mall in Sunnyside Place. I share a parking lot with the Riverside Pub.
The address is 1600 Bedford Highway, Suite 220, Bedford, Nova Scotia B4A 1E8
I serve women in the Halifax Region and online throughout Nova Scotia.
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