You're the kind of person who prides themselves on getting. stuff. done. But now, you're sleep deprived and exhausted and feel crushed by the weight of your to-do list. You have much more responsibility but much less bandwidth — and you're scared it's showing. Your stress is skyrocketing just looking at your calendar and trying to imagine how you'll actually balance your upcoming work demands with the responsibilities of caring for your little one. You resent feeling like you're carrying everything alone, but shy away from letting others help out (what if they do it wrong?!). As important as your career is to you, the thought of adding one more thing to your plate right now makes you want to curl up in bed and hide under the covers.
On top of everything else you're managing as a new parent, you're now tasked with some pretty emotionally-charged decisions as you prep for your return to work. Among other things, you may be determining how much time you want/can afford to take off work, deciding what kind of workplace flexibility to request (if any), trying to find safe and affordable childcare you trust, figuring out the logistics of feeding your baby while you're away, and weighing the pros/cons of sleep training (because you're stressed about keeping up at work while sleep deprived). You care deeply about making the best decisions for your baby, but feel so stuck in stories of what you "should" do that it makes it hard to know what you actually WANT to do.
On any given day, you may be feeling both enthusiasm and dread about getting back to work. Relieved to have a break from childcare responsibilities and devastated at the thought of leaving your baby behind. Excited to connect with pre-parent parts of yourself and guilty about that excitement. Your heart aches to think of missing major milestones like your kiddo's first real smile, first successful crawl across the rug to reunite with a favorite toy, and first wobbly steps. Still, your work feels like a critical way for you to support your family's financial stability, contribute to your community, and grow as a person. You’re wondering if it’s possible to be the kind of parent and professional you really want to be (at least at the same time).
We'll cheers our tea from afar because you have put in the work and are ready to graduate from therapy! You'll be on your way with a shiny new set of tried-and-true strategies to create a life you love.
We'll set a goal you're excited about and create a game plan to reach it. During weekly sessions, we'll break up that goal into actionable, do-able baby steps that you can take in your real life between sessions.
During your free virtual consultation, we'll talk logistics of therapy, answer any questions you have about our potential work together, and see if we're a good fit. No pressure or obligation — pinky promise.
Click below to schedule a no-commitment virtual consultation. I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about starting online therapy for pregnancy, the postpartum year, or work after baby.