Therapy for Stressed out Moms in Palm Harbor
You've convinced everyone else that you have everything under control. You've overcome challenges and others would say you're successful. At work, you manage your responsibilities and get things done. But when you come home to real life, it feels as if that was a different person. Nobody would believe it if they could hear what really goes on inside your head.
You're exhausted, easily irritated, and worried that your outbursts and snapping are starting to hurt your kids. Sure, all parents make the occasional mistake, but you're beginning to fear making an irreversible mistake. Nothing you do feels good enough. You feel like your children deserve better, but you're not sure what to do.
Before having kids, I had no idea just how difficult parenting really is. There are days when it amazes me that children survive into adulthood without being dropped off with the grandparents because they are just too much to handle!
It goes without saying that we all love our kids, but there are certainly times when we do not like them. Those times can be really hard on us as parents, and especially on mothers in particular.
Your mind goes through all the ways you've screwed up. You're the worst mom. Everybody else is doing so much with their kid while you're barely making it through each day.
And you'll never even consider taking a break because our society rewards stress. Getting fewer hours of sleep is seen as a symbol of how productive we are. Busyness is a badge of honor.
Being a mom is more than a full-time job. It's like 7 full-time jobs wrapped into one, and there isn't enough coffee in the world to make it easy.
Moms are expected to be:
- Event planner
- Spiritual advisor
- Hostage negotiator
How can one person be expected to be good at so many different things?!
And that's okay.
Too bad Facebook and Pinterest make us believe that everybody is doing all of that while making perfect bunny birthday cakes and having an immaculate, magazine-worthy household. Oh, and their kids never get into trouble either.
That's what we're up against.
Society makes it really easy to believe those negative thoughts about being a terrible mother.
It's so much that often the first thing moms give up is self-care.
Unfortunately, without self-care, the rest of that list falls apart pretty quickly and we end up overwhelmed, lonely, stressed, and filled with worry.
Don’t wait to get the help you need
I've helped moms struggling with many challenges, including:
- Constant worry
- Anger and irritability
- Children who don't respect their authority
- Loss of personal identity
- Empty nest syndrome
Each of these present their own unique struggles and can make juggling parenting duties feel impossible.
The weight of the job is heavy enough without your own mind and body working against you as well.
You don't need to go through this alone.
YOU are important and I want to help guide you to a life filled with
joy, peace, and contentment
I want to help you
- Reduce stress and develop coping skills
- Reduce depression and increase activity
- Boost mood and energy levels
- Reduce irritability and anger
- Reduce guilt
- Reduce the intensity of negative thoughts
- Improve sleep
- Improve relationships with your spouse, kids, friends, family, etc.
- Improve self-care
- Remember your identity
- Boost self-esteem
- Identify personal and family goals and values
How will you help me reach my goals?
I use techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you reach your goals. I enjoy this flexibility because I don't believe in a one-size fits all approach. We work together to make a plan to tackle your specific challenges. You are different from any other client, so it's important to make sure that all the techniques and strategies we discuss fit with your personality. And when something doesn't work, we toss it to the side and take a different approach. There is always another path to help you move forward.
How can I find time for therapy?
I already mentioned that moms have to wear so many hats and find it hard to make time for themselves, so it makes sense that finding time for a therapy appointment can seem overwhelming. While there is no easy no easy answer to this question, I would respond with a question for you - how will you cope if things continue the way they are now? Therapy is an investment in yourself and your personal well-being. Many of my clients tell me they were hesitant at first, but once they begin to feel energized and to enjoy true quality time with their family again, they are so thankful at having reached out. I also offer the option of online video therapy to make it a little easier for busy moms to find time for our sessions.
Do you value expertise over the lowest cost?
Then I can't wait to hear from you to discuss how we can start helping you feel joy again.
Pinellas Anxiety Specialist Resources:
Are Kids like an Ancient Torture Device?
5 Easy Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms
Why I Help Moms
How Do I Not Burden My Family
How to Find the Right Therapist
Why is Parenting so Hard?
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
The Upside of Stress
Challenges of Parenting