Postnatal Depression Therapy Essex

While everyone thinks having a baby is an incredibly happy time, the vast majority of mothers – and some fathers – go through a short, emotional period known as the ‘baby blues’. For some parents, these negative thoughts and feelings can get worse and progress on to postnatal depression, a serious mood disorder that can affect your quality of life.

Therapy For You offers a range of therapeutic interventions to help you manage your emotional wellbeing after the arrival of a new child. Here, we help you learn more about your issues, and develop coping strategies to improve your experience of parenthood.

Why not get started on the right path now with one of our online CBT courses?

Omni Online CBT

Our Omni Online CBT courses are created so you can manage your own mental health and wellbeing when and where it suits you. Gain instant access to immediate treatment in the form of video-driven, bite-size courses, all developed and delivered by experienced NHS clinicians. With each course dedicated to a specific mental health problem, get help mastering techniques to improve your wellbeing, and start one of our CBT-based courses now.

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1-1 Therapy

Speak about what’s troubling you face-to-face with a qualified, supportive therapist – in the comfort and security of a private, confidential setting. Here you can openly discuss your feelings, experiences and symptoms, working one-on-one with your therapist to identify beneficial techniques and skills tailored to your specific circumstances.

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Group Therapy

Explore your emotions and develop lifelong techniques, surrounded by people who share the same challenges as you. Our safe, confidential group therapy sessions are led by qualified mental health professionals that get you talking about your thoughts and feelings with peers who understand your situation. Together, take significant steps to feeling better.

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Video Therapy

If you cannot attend regular therapy in person, we can bring a qualified therapist to you through our dedicated video calls. Speaking with your therapist on camera at a time and place that suits you, you can openly discuss any issues that are causing you distress or making you feel uncomfortable. You’ll learn new techniques to help you overcome your problems and start you on your path to feeling better.

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Phone Therapy

If you have a busy family life, mobility issues or other barriers to getting out and about, we can make sure you still have access to the support you need through phone therapy. We arrange calls between you and a qualified therapist throughout the day, meaning you can always access mental health guidance and support at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

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ieso Typed Therapy

Mental health support that’s there when you need it. When you can’t find a voice to express how you feel, typed therapy by ieso enables you to text your fully qualified therapist at any place and time. Based on proven CBT techniques, you can discuss your concerns in a safe, private and relaxed way, maintaining a record of conversations you can always revisit to support your recovery.

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Who can access postnatal depression support in Essex?

Therapy For You’s free mental health services are accessible in our North East and South East Essex catchment areas. If you are registered with a GP in the Colchester, Tendring, Southend, Castle Point and Rochford regions, we are ready to help you.

North East Essex mental health services map of areas covered including Colchester, Harwich, Mersea and Clacton

Mental health services in North East Essex

Here are the areas and postcodes covered by our mental health services, available for anyone aged 16 or over.

  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Colchester
  • Frinton-on-Sea
  • Harwich
  • Manningtree
  • Tendring
  • Walton-on-the-Naze
  • West Mersea

What is postnatal depression, and how common is it?

While giving birth is often a joyous and exciting time for parents, having a baby is a huge lifestyle change, and something that can become a source of stress and anxiety for even the most well-prepared families.

This is one of the reasons why as many as 80% of mothers experience the ‘baby blues’ – the symptoms of which are usually mild and can include feeling emotional, irritable or low shortly after they have had their child.

Most people will recover in a matter of days. However, if you are still finding it difficult to manage your low mood after more than two weeks, you could have postnatal depression – a common problem which affects 1 in 10 mothers, as well as many fathers, within the first year of birth.

What does postnatal depression feel like?

Postnatal depression affects everyone differently. Signs can emerge gradually or suddenly, and lead to symptoms that range from mild to severe.

For example, you might feel isolated from those around you, or as though you can only see the negative in your situation. You may also feel tired, irritable and guilty that you can’t look after your child properly.

In extreme cases, you might even have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. While this doesn’t mean you will actually hurt anyone, it’s important to get the help you need if you feel this way.

What is postpartum psychosis?

In very rare circumstances, a small number of mothers may develop postpartum psychosis in the hours or days after birth.

Here, mothers may experience hallucinations, severe mood swings, or behave in a way they never would normally.

These situations require urgent medical attention from A&E, GPs, or other perinatal mental health specialists. Visit our crisis page if this relates to your situation.

What causes postnatal depression?

There is no single cause for postnatal depression. Depending on who you are, your circumstances and your upbringing, the negative thoughts you experience can be brought about by several factors.

Causes of postnatal depression and possible reasons that lead to postnatal mental health issues

However your troubles have emerged, it’s important to remember these feelings aren’t your fault. By working with our emotional support services, we help you determine the cause of your low mood and develop techniques to better manage your symptoms of depression.

Do I have postnatal depression?

Having a newborn is a massive life event that will naturally cause you and your partner to experience a range of powerful emotions. 

It’s only when these feelings stick around for longer than two weeks, and begin to affect you or your family’s wellbeing, when you may need support. To determine whether you are likely to benefit from postnatal depression treatment, consider:

  • Do you have a persistent low mood, making you feel unhappy or tearful?
  • Are you constantly lacking energy, making it harder to perform day-to-day tasks?
  • Have your sleeping habits changed, meaning you get too little or too much sleep?
  • Are you irritable, causing you to get frustrated with others more often?
  • Has your appetite changed, leading to comfort eating or avoiding meals altogether?
  • Do you no longer find enjoyment in interests you used to love?
  • Are you avoiding people more often, such as friends, family or support groups?
  • Are you constantly anxious over the health of your baby?
  • Do you feel guilty about your negative thoughts or abilities as a parent?
  • Are you experiencing a loss of interest in sex and intimacy?
  • Have you experienced thoughts about harming yourself or your baby? 

Remember, everybody experiences postnatal depression differently. If you’re living with one or more of these symptoms, it might be time to get in touch with people who can help.

How can postnatal depression affect me and my child?

Postnatal depression can have a profound impact, not only on how you perceive yourself and your baby, but also on your child's progress. If you find it difficult to provide your baby with the focus and attention they need during their first months, they might show less preference for their mother, or become more clingy at night.

Such challenges can affect your newborn's development during the early stages. This is why, if you're facing the difficulties of postnatal depression, seeking support through our talking therapies in Essex can enhance your overall mood and positively influence your child's formative first months.

How can I overcome postnatal depression?

Living with postnatal depression can be difficult. You might constantly worry that you’re a bad parent, or struggle to find joy in any area of your life – feelings that can last for weeks, months or even years without the right intervention.

If you’re keen to make meaningful improvements to your mental health right away, talking about your experiences with friends or family and practising self-care can be a good first step towards feeling better.

Self care techniques to improve postnatal depression - exercise, healthy diet, sleep and interests

These small adjustments can help improve how you feel about your situation – but we understand they may not be viable for everyone or have a sizeable impact on your mood.

If you’re looking for more direct support with your postnatal depression, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) might be a better fit for you.

What is CBT for postnatal depression?

CBT for postnatal depression is a practical type of treatment that aims to strengthen your emotional wellbeing by making positive changes to the way you think and behave.

With a better understanding of the mental health challenges you are facing, you can learn how to identify and manage your symptoms, and develop coping strategies for life that aim to improve your maternal mental health.

At Therapy For You, we can provide CBT support on a one-to-one basis, in groups, via talking therapy over the phone, through video calls or typed therapy.

Additionally, if you would like to start treatment for your postnatal depression immediately, start CBT today with our free online course. Written and delivered by trained mental health professionals, our online sessions are accessible whenever or whenever suits you.

How effective is CBT for postnatal depression?

CBT for postnatal depression is proven to be an effective way of addressing the emotional challenges parents experience in the months after birth, helping participants:

  • Reduce depressive symptoms
  • Remedy feelings of loneliness
  • Improve feelings of anxiety

How can CBT for postnatal depression help me?

Seeking therapy and treatment for postnatal depressive disorder can quell feelings of sadness and help you on the path towards a happier, more fulfilling life as a parent.

Improve your bond with your baby

By treating depression of this nature with online CBT or face-to-face NHS therapy, you can devote more time and energy to forming a relationship with your baby, allowing them to progress well and for you to better understand your newborn’s unique personality.

Enhance your self-esteem

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for your child, it can be hard to shake feelings of guilt or inadequacy as a parent. CBT counselling in groups can help silence these thoughts, and improve your confidence alongside others who feel similarly to you.

Nurture healthy family dynamics

A persistent low mood can put a strain on a relationship at the best of times. By promoting positive wellbeing through treatment, you can help support a healthier, more positive family environment to raise your child in.

We also offer dedicated couples depression help in Essex – if you or your partner’s low mood is harming the foundation of your relationship, we can help you develop techniques to benefit both your wellbeing and future together.

Learn lifelong coping techniques

It can be easy to fall back into old habits, even after years of positive progress. Through CBT, you can learn and refine coping skills that help you address episodes of low mood long after your course of treatment has finished.

Will seeking help for postnatal depression affect my ability to care for my baby?

By getting the help you need, you can make positive progress in how you care for your baby.

If you are worried that asking for support could lead to your child being taken away, it is important to remember that taking this step is a commitment to caring for your newborn, and not a sign of weakness or bad parenting.

You might also be concerned that getting the emotional support you need demands more time than you, as a busy parent, can spare. At Therapy For You we understand this, and provide a range of flexible, remote support pathways to suit your schedule, including Essex-based video call therapy, phone therapy and ieso typed therapy.

How long does CBT for postnatal depression typically last?

The time it takes to complete your treatment will depend on your needs, your goals and the pathway to treatment you choose.

While some may find positive, tangible improvements to their condition after just a few therapy sessions, it may take months to notice meaningful improvements to your experience of parenthood.

To give you a clear idea of how long your course may take and the most suitable treatment option for you, our experienced CBT practitioners at Therapy For You are available to discuss your specific circumstances over the phone or online.

I need help managing my postnatal depression

Postnatal depression can have a severe impact on your physical and mental health, your quality of life, as well as your bond with your newborn. But you don’t have to live with these feelings forever – Therapy For You is here to help.

As the local NHS mental health service for North East and South East Essex, we offer a range of free treatments for mental health conditions designed to help you overcome your emotional wellbeing and manage your problems.

From confidential talking therapies and typed therapy, to our online CBT postnatal depression course – we work closely with you to recognise the reasons for your low mood and develop lasting techniques to overcome these feelings for good.

For more information on the types of treatment we can provide, get in touch with one of our qualified therapists today.

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