Judgment-Free Therapy for Birth Trauma and Postpartum PTSD

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If you’ve experienced a traumatic birth or suffer from postpartum PTSD, feeling like yourself again can seem impossible. 

 

At Sage Tree Therapy, we want you to know it’s okay to not feel okay. We believe you. And we can help. 

 

Our empathetic, trauma-trained therapists offer judgment-free therapy and provide you with tools that can help you cope with the aftermath of a traumatic birth.

What is Birth Trauma? Defining Trauma and Postpartum PTSD

Birth trauma describes the acute distress a mother can feel during or after childbirth. A traumatic childbirth can sometimes (but not always) lead to a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a psychiatric condition caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. 

 

People suffering from birth trauma or postpartum PTSD may have intense emotions that don’t go away, even after the birth. Some have frequent nightmares, feel detached from others – including their children – or have stronger-than-usual reactions to sudden noises or other triggers related to their trauma.  

 

It’s important to remember that these reactions are involuntary, not a sign of weakness. They are natural responses to a highly stressful or painful experience. Our therapists can help you identify your symptoms and get the treatment you need.

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Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Birth Trauma or Postpartum PTSD?

Nightmares or flashbacks

Intrusive thoughts

Feelings of isolation or detachment

Anxiety, fear or hypervigilance

Feelings of guilt or sadness 

Irritability, intense anger or rage

Are you having trouble getting over it? Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed? Do you worry that no one understands what you’re going through? 

 

You’re not alone. 

 

A traumatic birth, even one that occurred a long time ago, can make you feel isolated, anxious or numb. You may be experiencing symptoms that are negatively impacting your life, such as:

When it comes to birth trauma and postpartum PTSD, you can’t just “pull yourself together.” And no matter what well-meaning loved ones may say, “focusing on the positive” won’t magically ease your symptoms. However, there are ways to cope – and to heal.

Explore Treatment Options at Sage Tree Therapy

Our experienced therapists help patients talk through their trauma and find their own path to healing. Treatment includes cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions, with options that include:

  • In-Home Therapy - We can visit moms directly in their homes for the duration of their pregnancy, if on medically-advised bed rest, or up to 12-weeks after delivery.

  • Teletherapy - We can chat with moms via phone call or video conference throughout pregnancy or postpartum. You don’t have to be pregnant or recently delivered to get the care you need! We also serve women with fertility issues and parents of children at any age. 

  • Support Groups - Members of this small, intimate group of no more than 8 people meet at a Sage Tree Therapy location or remotely. A free 20-minute screening is required before joining for new clients.

  • Visual Expressive Art Sessions - Clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, or depression can benefit from expressing themselves creatively with meaningful art (painting, collaging, or journaling) and learning more about themselves in the process.

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Why Reach Out to Sage Tree Therapy?

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You didn’t deserve a traumatic childbirth experience. And you don’t deserve to continue feeling stuck. 

 

If overwhelming PTSD symptoms or the lingering effects of birth trauma are keeping you from fully participating in life, reach out. You can find understanding and connection at Sage Tree. 

Here’s what you can expect from the therapists at Sage Tree Therapy:

All of our potential clients see an intake therapist for a full assessment appointment before choosing a therapist and receiving therapy. 
We don’t offer platitudes or invalidating phrases. Just honest, transparent support. 
All of our therapists have a background in trauma and view mental health through a trauma-informed lens, which takes into account your past experiences and how they impact your life today. 
We give you plans, processes, and tools that will help you feel like you again.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We help you discover the right treatment for you. 
We’re excited to serve our clients each day, even when it’s hard. Therapy is like running a marathon once per week, and we have a strong appreciation for the challenge.

We know there’s a better way to cope with the effects of a traumatic childbirth. When you’re ready to begin your journey toward healing, we’re here to help.