My name is Linda and I am the founder of Smart Talk; a telehealth practice that focuses on supporting new mothers.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
Pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum is never like what we expected it to be. There are so many different ways to become and be a mother. I have extensive training from Postpartum International (an internal organization that specializes in supporting new parents) as well as personal knowledge (I have seven year old twins). My approach is warm, filled with humor, and a great way for you adjust to motherhood.
Going through infertility is a difficult journey with a lot of "hurry up and wait". You will have weeks of intense medical treatments followed by weeks of waiting. Getting mental health support during this time is vital for you and your partner. Finding a provider who has the medical and personal knowledge of this field is crucial in feeling cared for and supported.
Oftentimes becoming a mother brings up memories of our own childhood and gives us ideas of what we want to do with our own children. A family systems approach allows us to look at the family you came from and the family that you wish to create yourself.
Everyone is different and unique. There are so many ways to become a wonderful and loving mother so I use tools from different theoretical backgrounds and tailor my therapy to each mother's individual needs.
CBT is a great way to identify behaviors, thoughts, and feelings around motherhood. Being able to identify these three main categories gives us an opportunity to understand the type of mother you wish to become and helps us create a roadmap of how you will get there.