Do You Find Yourself Struggling and Feel that No One Gets it?
As women we often deal with many of the same issues, we just experience them in different ways. For example, our role as mother can be experienced through infertility, doubts about our abilities as a mother, concern for a child with mental or physical difficulties or other struggles. However, it can often seem like no one else really understands what you’re going through, and they might not really get what you’re feeling. Even worse, it can seem like everyone else has it all figured out.
The woman you see shopping that looks like she has it all figured out…she cries herself to
sleep at night because she’s afraid she is a bad mother. The woman you see all dressed up and the life of the party…she only has time to be that way because she can’t have the children that she has longed for all of her life. The girl you envy with the beautiful new baby…she is suffering with post-partum depression. The beautiful woman you see with all the admiring men…she hasn’t been able to keep a relationship going for five years. The successful career women struggles with imposter syndrome and worries that her counterparts will find her out.
Counseling for Women
As women who highly value compassion and understanding as well as practical solutions, we can help you with your unique situation. We’re women first, therapists second. We ourselves have been through many of the same situations you’re struggling with. Whether infertility, loss of a spouse, raising children, including children with special needs, menopause, changing bodies, careers, we’ve been there. We’ve had relationship struggles and have been in relationships that didn’t support our best self. As therapists we understand how to work through the emotional challenges, to build resilience and to become our best selves despite the challenges we face. We approach situations first and foremost with compassion and understanding for where you are right now. Then we can evaluate goals and practical solutions.
Unfortunately, as women we are no strangers to comparison. It’s not uncommon to judge ourselves and our lives by what we THINK we know of other women. We compare ourselves and decide that we’re falling short, not good enough, etc. Behind closed doors, other women may also be struggling with some of the same issues we are or their own unique situations. Or, if they aren’t struggling now, they have in the past or will at some point in the future. We all struggle, we all experience pain.
You are not alone. No one can know exactly how you feel, but we’d like to try. We want to hear your unique story, to understand and to help you cope, heal, and transform the way you relate to yourself and others. We understand the unique challenges women face with our bodies, fertility, our life and gender roles, our careers, our family, our relationships and aging. And, we can help you work through these common women’s issues and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Counseling for Women – Common Women’s Issues
Motherhood: Motherhood is wonderful…right? There is nothing more beautiful than holding that baby in your arms for the first time. You never knew you could love this much. It is the grandest feeling in the world, until it isn’t. The worry sets in. Worry about everything. All the “what ifs” are suddenly right there. It doesn’t matter if you are a new mother, the mother of a grown child, or somewhere in between, the worry and self-doubt, balancing and stress, and expectations are present.
- Join our Motherhood Support Group for support in the transition to motherhood, a larger family, or changes in your role as a mother.
Becky helped me through my acute anxiety during the first few months of pregnancy. She is an engaged listener and suggested coping mechanisms to help me. She provided me with a safe space where I could voice my problems. Thanks to my sessions with Becky, I feel more centered and calm.
Infertility: You’re ready to start a family or add to the one you have. You try and try and nothing. Finally, you talk to doctors, you’re faced with spending more and more money on tests, procedures, etc. You feel angry, scared, inadequate, alone, anxious. Will you ever be able to have the family you long for? Infertility represents a loss of hopes and dreams. It’s a painful experience just as any other loss would be and often friends and family don’t know what to say or they say things that make you feel worse. Infertility can be tough to go through, especially when it goes on and on. We can help you and your partner cope with your feelings and understand the decisions to be made. We can help you sort through the options with both practical knowledge and emotional support.
Postpartum Depression: You can’t wait to meet your baby, your body is definitely ready. Your baby is a true miracle and joy in your life. But then you feel guilty, you can’t get motivated, you feel resentful towards the baby, and you find yourself crying frequently. This can be so confusing and lead to feelings of guilt and shame as a mother. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to talk with a therapist and your doctor right away to be evaluated for postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is serious and treatment can help.
- Read more about postpartum depression.
- Take our postpartum depression quiz and find out if your symptoms are more serious.
Career Management: Managing a career can be rewarding in so many ways. Fortunately, we have more opportunities than ever before. Yet still, there are career and work life issues that require greater attention and balancing for women. Some women find themselves in successful positions yet feel like an imposter. Others feel challenged by the “good ol’ boy” humor at the office, while others want greater flexibility to have time for family life. Some of our therapists are also career counselors and can work with you on the practical aspects as well as the emotional aspects of managing your career and work life balance.
Relationships: Do you find yourself repeating patterns in your relationships? Are you struggling in your romantic, friend, or employment relationships to feel connected, respected or valued? You’ve heard that relationships take work, but sometimes it means finding the right “tribe”, finding your voice, or discovering your own worth.
- Read more about our relationship counseling services.
Divorce Transition: Have you and your partner decided to divorce? This can be one of life’s most stressful times. We can support you in navigating the transition and coping with the new changes in your life.
Women’s Health: Women have unique health needs that can contribute to emotional distress. Whether you have PCOS, are going through menopause, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, breast cancer or other physical struggles, your emotional health may be impacted. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, it’s a good idea to have your vitamin levels checked (especially B & D), your thyroid, your hormones in addition to routine bloodwork. Once your body is in balance you may still experience symptoms related to physical or medical factors. Our counselors understand the impact physical factors can have on your emotional health and also have experience with chronic illness.
Aging: As women we can especially be impacted by the aging process. Our bodies change, things slow down and it can be difficult to feel comfortable with your body and the changes. Counseling can help you to feel comfortable in your body, cope with the aging process and reinvent yourself should you choose to do so.
If you find yourself feeling stuck and unsupported, please don’t go through what you’re feeling alone. We’d love to partner with you to help you heal, offer support and guidance and provide a space for you to let go of your struggle. Contact us in Houston at 832-209-2222 or schedule an appointment online with one of our therapists.