How is postnatal depression treated?

Postnatal depression and anxiety are treatable, and most people make a full recovery.

The primary aim of counselling is to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, to improve day to day coping and to facilitate positive relationships between the client, their baby and other family members.

I work with clients using supportive client-centred counselling, with some techniques from mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy. Also, as I'm interested in a wholistic approach to mental health, I'll also look at nutrition and lifestyle factors in her treatment approach.

I often encourage the client's partner or other main support person to be involved in counselling, and usually I'll invite them along to one of the early sessions. This is a great opportunity to ask and answer any questions, and to offer support to the partner if required.