Carry On Warriors: A Process Group for Mothers Who Have Experienced Trauma
Jan
4
to Feb 8

Carry On Warriors: A Process Group for Mothers Who Have Experienced Trauma

Now accepting members for January 2019!

Despite motherhood being an exciting and joyful time in our lives, women who carry a trauma history may unexpectedly find pregnancy and the postpartum period to be a difficult time. So many aspects of pregnancy, birth, and mothering can reawaken memories of a previous trauma and provoke emotions and symptoms we never expected to feel as new parents. Parenting in general can be overwhelming, but parenting as a survivor brings on a new level of exhaustion that can leave you feeling anxious, isolated and confused. 

Even more, we know that trauma doesn't always look like physical danger or unexpected complications that result in harm to you or your baby. For some women, factors such as loss of control, loss of dignity, feelings of not being heard or the absence of informed consent can feel traumatic. A healthy baby is not all that matters. For most women, a positive birth experience is almost always linked to how the experience made her feel. That's because birth is not solely a physical process. It is a deeply emotional and transformative experience that needs to be honored.

Carry on Warriors is a group for new mothers that holds space on that journey. We recognize that parenthood is a shit show of epic proportions, especially because it brings up all the deep down ugly mess from our past. We recognize that you are not only navigating sleepless nights and bodily fluids, but also pain, fear, rage, regret, or loneliness. We understand the heartache you have survived and we want to help bring awareness to your triggers so you can rebuild a sense of safety and parent without fear, shame, or guilt. You are not alone. You are not to blame. We see you and we are ready to bear witness to your next round of healing.

This will be a 6-week process group where we explore the layers of trauma and how it effects us emotionally, physically, and as mothers. We will begin to process some of the trauma within the group and explore healthy coping mechanisms and how to feel best supported in your journey to healing. We will create a safe space to learn and heal with others experiencing new motherhood in the wake of trauma. No matter when your trauma was experienced, we are here to hold space for you. 

Carry on, warriors. 

This group will be co-lead by:

Ilyse Kennedy, LMFT-Associate, LPC-Intern

Supervised by Brianne Blevins, LMFT-S, LPC-S and Sunny Lansdale, PhD, LPC-S

Alexis Edwards, LCSW, Certified Doula of Birth 360

Lacey Fisher, LPC-S, RPT-S

This group will remain open until we have enough members. Start date TBD.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Bonding With Baby: Attachment Workshop for New Moms and Moms-To-Be

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Becoming a mom can feel like uncharted territory--from wondering what child birth will be like, to figuring out what items you'll need for the new baby. While childbirth classes are readily available, a key piece to motherhood is often left out.

Soon after my daughter's birth, I returned to graduate school and was lucky to be taking the Human Growth and Development class. I was living what I was learning. As I learned more, I realized a missing piece in educating new moms is attachment. While books about calming our babies and "what to expect" touch lightly on attachment, many "experts" expect us to automatically form a bond with our baby. They assume we are securely attaching to our babies and they are securely attaching to us.

This workshop is about attachment, the bond that forms between a baby and caregiver and is the basis for the child getting their needs met; needs include physical and emotional. Despite what we may be told, or kept in the dark about, secure attachment does not always happen naturally. Our attachment styles are typically learned from the type of attachment we experienced growing up. Even in growing up with a secure attachment style, other things may get in the way of attaching securely with baby such as perinatal mood disorders and other circumstances surrounding a stressful birthing experience.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn what attachment is and why it is so important for developing your baby's brain and nervous system (in simple terms for all mamas to understand).
  • Learn your own attachment style and what that means for building attachment with your newborn.
  • Recognize how to best form an attachment bond with your newborn--even through the challenging first few months of motherhood.
  • Learn what factors may get in the way of building a secure attachment and how to keep the attachment bond strong.
  • Meet and have an open conversation with other new mothers about hopes, fears, and challenges in bonding with baby during the first year.

This event is FREE and babies are welcome.

Feel free to contact Ilyse with any questions or concerns: ilyse@ilysekennedycounseling.com

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