Laura Meyer, PhD, Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Family Therapist
There is so much about motherhood no one (easily) talks about...like how it can break your heart or make you question everything! Sometimes, the reality of becoming a mom or even being one, looks and feels nothing like what you wished for, planned, or fantasized about for so long. It's easy to talk about the good stuff...the not so easy stuff is often treated like it doesn't exist. Things like infertility, loss, depression, anxiety, special needs, feeling like you're failing as a parent, your marriage falling apart, struggling to balance work and home, and the constant guilt! These are not topics you want to post on Facebook or even say out loud. But they color your daily experience and eat away at you piece by piece, day by day!
Make today the day you start talking about what is heavy on your heart and your mind...Make today the day that, with help, things start to change!
There's so much to see here! So I hope you will take your time and explore the many ways I partner up with moms, moms-to-be, and even couples. Perhaps, you might watch the video about my practice or read & subscribe to my blog. When you're ready, schedule your free 20 minute consultation by clicking on the link above.
It's easy to get lost in the process of becoming a mom and end up feeling like a shell of the person you once were. And, for many moms, it's complicated to find your way back again! I can help "you do you" again and emerge feeling better as a person and a mom! Once you become a mom, everything that affects you, affects your children and vice versa. Sometimes parenting and life circumstances seem like an unsolvable puzzle and it feels like you have run out of options! The worry, the stress, the guilt, the doubt - there are strategies to cope and manage more effectively: soon you see the light at the end of the tunnel! While therapy may not seem ideal to you, it is proven to be as effective as medication.
Significant changes in mood are the number one complication from pregnancy; yet most moms, moms-to-be, as well as their partners and family are unaware of their risks or what to do when this occurs. It is believed that 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men suffer from a perinatal mood disorder. Many moms suffer in silence and the family as a whole struggles to understand how to help and what to do. Counseling can help you feel better and get back to feeling like yourself again!!! Don't waste this precious time feeling bad; find real solutions today.
Pregnancy can be a time of joy AND stress and anxiety; especially if you are a worrier to begin with or are living through a stressful situation right now! It is believed that up to 20% of pregnant women will experience moderate to severe symptoms of depression and/or anxiety during and following their pregnancy. Incorporating proven techniques to manage and cope can make all the difference to both you and your baby! Counseling can be an effective means to prevent postpartum depression and lessen the risks that have been associated to chronic stress and anxiety in pregnancy.
Couples workshops and sessions for new parents who want to grow together,rather than apart, during the critical stage of moving from a couple to a family. Gathered from research in marital satisfaction and family life stages, workshops and sessions offer a road map for your relationship and help you connect during a time of rapid change.
When Motherhood Doesn't Make Sense
Every person is different; but one thing every woman shares, is the task of trying to make sense of motherhood from the perspective of her own life. That is, navigating the daily dance between real-life motherhood and the fantasy image we thought it would be. "Being a mom" or "Becoming a mother" impacts every dimension of a woman's life - her thoughts, her emotions, her choices, her sense of identity, her sexuality, her finances, her body, her relationships, her sense of self, and more. Sometimes the thoughts and feelings around motherhood stretches us to our limits and results in depression, anxiety, stress, and guilt and doesn't make sense to us at all! When motherhood doesn't make sense anymore, a woman gets stuck!!! What makes this place of stuckness even worse, is just how hard it is to talk about it or the absence of someone to confide in who won't judge you, your reactions, or your choices.
A Private Practice for Moms & Moms-to-Be
I am an expert at helping moms and moms-to-be with this crazy thing called motherhood! I understand that you don't have the luxury to sit around and talk about your problems; you need solutions and you need them now! I offer a unique therapy for women where we focus on getting unstuck, putting the joy back into your life, taking actionable steps toward the life you want to be living, and getting your groove back on - starting day one!!! It's about tackling the challenges and problems that seem impossible right now and shrinking them down or transforming them into something desirable, doable, or possible!
Strategies We'll Use: Counseling, Family Therapy, & Life Coaching
I have a unique background and can draw from and pivot to several areas of expertise. As a former professional life coach and now a experienced licensed counselor and family therapist, I combine the best strategies in the realms of self-improvement, mental health, & family therapy. Combined we develop a solution oriented plan to feel better, move beyond your current mindset, and regain a sense of hope, possibility, and optimism about yourself and being a mom!
Book Your Consultation Now & Learn How I Help Moms Like You:
Click now at the top of the screen to schedule a free 20 minute, no obligation, phone consultation and learn more about how I work with clients to re-imagine motherhood. We can meet in my beautiful, relaxing Hollywood office (15 minute drive from Aventura) or you can choose weekly videocounseling sessions from your home or office.
Please watch my video below where I talk about working with moms and moms-to-be through all the ages and stages of motherhood
You probably are thinking the last thing I want to do is go and see a counselor or therapist! I don't even have an hour to myself, let alone give up an hour of my precious time to sit around and talk about my problems! But what if that hour made the other 167 hours that week better? What if that 1 hour made all the difference? What if therapy is exactly what you need?