Author Archives: Carpe Diem Counseling LLC

About Carpe Diem Counseling LLC

I am a licensed clinical social worker whose practice specializes in working with women (and their families) during the pregnancy and postpartum time period. Please contact me if you believe you or someone in your life is experiencing a Perinatal or Postpartum mental health issue. I also work with any adults experiencing a life change and struggling with the challenges and adjustments they are encountering. Addressing our struggles in life happens one day at a time. There is no wrong time to get help.

Maternal Mental Health Month Day 18

Mom…mom…MOM!!! It’s hard to remember that you are more than just a mom when this is what you hear all day.  Whether it is the cry of an infant or the scream of a teenager, mom is being called. Many … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 17

Calling all Thrifty Moms… Having a child can be very expensive.  There are so many unknowns and so many small costs that add up fast.  This can be quite a stress for parents, particularly new ones.  And can be a … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 16

Never underestimate the impact that laughing can have on your day.  I hope you’ll take these all with a lightness and allow yourself to shake your head at how true they are, laugh outloud and realize that if these exist, … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 15

Mondays… And so it all begins again.  Mondays can be a relief for some moms who have very busy weekends with kids going in all directions and trying to get things done at home and catch up with a partner … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 14

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother: (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) 1a :  a female parent She’s the mother of three small children.  Maternal:  (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) 1:  of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother :  motherly maternal love, maternal instincts 2a :  related … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 13

Apps for moms… I’m a huge proponent of putting down the phone, tablet, remote control and engaging in your life. Whether that be picking up a magazine or book, turning on music or looking at those around you and engaging … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 12

And the weekend arrives… Most people very much look forward to their weekend (or days off if you work weekends) but for many moms, it feels like another two days of work.  Moms suffering from PMADs may look forward to … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 11

Family projects…change… With the seasons changing and spring upon us across the states, often parents become motivated to complete projects around the house.  This may mean Spring cleaning or might mean putting in a garden, building a treehouse or other outdoor … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 10

Support for the supporters… Any postpartum mom knows that support is helpful.  Any postpartum mom who has suffered from depression, anxiety, bipolar, ocd, ptsd or psychosis knows support is life saving.  But how do you support a mom in need?  (Or … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 9

Flexibility is necessary! Ever been in a grocery store and passed a mom with a screaming baby or young child in their carriage?  Ever been that mom? It can be hard enough to get grocery shopping done without trying to … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 8

Tips for moms… New mom, old mom, seasoned mom, adoptive mom, foster mom, step-mom…no one knows it all. We all need a tip once in a while. Particularly if you are sleep deprived, suffering from Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, PTSD or … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 7

“We don’t heal in isolation but in community.”  ~S. Kelley Harrell Support can come from near or far, face-to-face or through a phone, keyboard or letter.  Support can be provided with a smile, nod or kind words.  Support can be … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 6

EXPECTATIONS PART 2: Guilt lies in wait when you set expectations upon yourself.  Mommy expectations are the worst.  You expect yourself to sleep in 1-2 hour spurts of time and still function the next day as if you’d slept all … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 5

Cinco de Mayo…with kids? Remember before you had children and you would go to Cinco de Mayo happy hour or a party at a friend’s house?  Often having children can create a dynamic where one parent is left home and … Continue reading

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Maternal Mental Health Month Day 4

EXPECTATIONS PART 1: Expectations are the seeds of resentment. We all have expectations…for ourselves (more on that tomorrow), for others, for the future.  Today I want to address expectations for partners.  When preparing for a new baby, there is often … Continue reading

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