Parents and Parents-To-Be

Family planning can be an exciting time for couples, but it can also be intensely stressful and anxiety provoking.  It can be helpful to seek outside help during this challenging time of your life.  I have experience working with women who are experiencing fertility or family planning difficulties.


The transition from pregnancy to parenthood is one of the most challenging of all life changes….no matter how many times a woman and her family have experienced it.  Whether the birth process is healthy and positive, or complicated and tragic, having a Counsellor to process all the emotions and thoughts with can be very healing. I have experience with parents who are grieving a pre-natal or infancy loss.  I also have experience working with women and men who have concerns with post-partum depression and anxiety, as well as adjustment to parenthood.


Not only can parenting feel scary and confusing, it often triggers feelings of guilt and brings up painful memories of your own childhood.  It can be critical to understand your own experience of being parented, now that you are an adult and embarking on parenthood yourself.  Our parents are the first model of what it means to be a parent.  However, that does not mean that we are destined to parent in the same way.  I can help you explore your own experience of being parented, identify what you take value from your own childhood and learn how to let go of what you don’t. 


Parents whose children have a disability, illness or specific need often need much more support than they receive.  I offer a safe, supportive space to talk about the fears and frustration that you may never voice because of fear of judgement, and the experience to help you develop healthy coping skills in order to be the healthiest parent you can be.


They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Unfortunately, that village is not available to many parents: married, single, divorced, adoptive or estranged.  Parents with children of all ages need support, and I am here to provide it.

Dawn Holt Clinical Counselling 2017

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