This group is designed to provide therapeutic support for new moms (up to 2 years postpartum) who are experiencing Postpartum anxiety, depression, scary thoughts or other mental health concerns. The transition many of us experience into motherhood is not always as glamorous as it appears in our culture of picture perfect parenting. Instead of soaking up every precious baby coo you may be so overwhelmed that you have trouble even getting out of bed. Or you might find yourself going through every worst case scenario and crippled by fear that something bad will certainly happen to your baby. If you’re unsure of what symptoms might point to postpartum depression and anxiety, you can read the following article: http://www.postpartumprogress.com/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety-in-plain-mama-english
If you identify more with the statement “I think God made a big mistake here” than “hey this new mom role is harder than I thought”, this is most likely the right group for you. In this eight week group you will learn practical and theological tools for how to work through the emotional and physical effects of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders so that you can take hold of the biblical truths of God’s love and grace towards you as his beloved daughter. We will touch on themes of identity, shame, self-worth, hopelessness, support and self-care. The goal of this group is to ultimately run toward Jesus Christ, the only one who is powerful enough to bind up our wounds and to strengthen our weary hearts in the context of healthy support from other mommas who are right there with you.
Jessica McDaniel, LPC.
Jessica has been on staff as a licensed professional counselor at the Austin Stone Counseling Center since its doors opened in 2011. She and her husband have been married for 11 years and have been through major transitions in parenting with their 3 young daughters, two of which are identical twins. They have also experienced the grief of losing their second baby through early term miscarriage. Jessica believes that people’s lives are changed and transformed as they gain a greater awareness of themselves through the lens of the gospel with authentic self-reflection, validation, and self-acceptance.