Perinatal Counselling

What is Pre, Perinatal and Postnatal Counselling?


Perinatal Counselling specialises in providing emotional support for women, men, couples, families and teenage girls during pregnancy, postpartum and early parenting.

The issues that clients commonly present with are around the reproductive and maternal mental health:


  • Preparation for conception

  • Antenatal and Postnatal Depression

  • Pregnancy Loss (including stillbirth, neonatal loss, and miscarriage)

  • Trauma/depression following delivery

  • Fear of pregnancy

  • Infertility

  • IVF anxiety

  • Antenatal anxiety

  • Phobic responses to antenatal care

  • Decision-making regarding termination of pregnancy

  • Post-natal depression

  • Anxiety in pregnancy (including fear of labour, birth trauma and worries about being a new parent)

  • Relationship difficulties in and around pregnancy

  • Support for mothers with pre-existing mental health difficulties

  • Parent-infant attachment

  • Becoming a parent (e.g., challenges, feelings, learning)

  • Parenting


   Planning              Pregnancy               Postpartum                Parenting


Counselling is:


  • The process that occurs when a client and counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client. 

  • The act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal to facilitating positive change.

  • A relationship of trust. Confidentiality is paramount to successful counselling.  Professional counsellors will usually explain their policy on confidentiality, they may, however, be required by law to disclose information if they believe that there is a risk to life.


Counselling is Not:


  • Giving advice.

  • Judgemental.

  • Attempting to sort out the problems of the client.

  • Expecting or encouraging a client to behave in a way in which the counsellor may have behaved when confronted with a similar problem in their own life.

  • Getting emotionally involved with the client.

  • Looking at a client's problems from your own perspective, based on your own value system.




PND Marlborough Charitable Trust

PND Marlborough Charitable Trust, established in 2005, is a life line in the community for many women and families who are struggling with postnatal depression, motherhood and parenting issues. Having a baby is both an exciting and challenging time. Adding anxiety or depression can make it difficult to function and feel like you are a good enough parent. Both women and men can experience perinatal (during pregnancy and the year after birth) mental health issuesand these can vary in intensity and symptoms. As a mum

or dad it is easy to feel guilt and shame that can get in the way of seeking the help you need. If this is how you feel, know that you are not alone. Having perinatal anxiety or depression does not make you a ‘bad parent’. In fact, seeking help early leads to a faster recovery with less impact on you, your relationship with your baby, partner and family.


“ It was a great progress in my perception what motherhood is. After attending therapeutic support group for mothers and completing the program, I understood that actually I left there some very significant things: negative thoughts and self-assumptions; unproductive thoughts and how to deal with hard situations; my “flight mode” way of dealing with things; catastrophic visualisation; guilt about not being enough for my kids& husband; fears about being “less” than I want to be;  the need to be “achieving” something. And I took some important things with me: bond with my son; skills and knowledge to deal with low moods; ability to catch “bad” thoughts and feelings before they grow; calmness; peace of mind; a little bit of myself again and the ability to prioritize myself and my needs.” Victoria


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