As a fellow woman and mom, I am passionate about helping other women through their own journeys of motherhood and various life roles.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Shawnee, KS
Supervised by April Penick, LCPC
Left untreated, stress can often leave mothers unable to be their best selves as a parents, employees, spouses, or contributors to the family as a whole. They can be faced with sleep disturbances, family and marital issues, difficulty carrying out daily activities, loss of self esteem, and decreased motivation. My preferred methods for dealing with stress in mothers is through the use of ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness training, and the development of peer support.
Mothers who reach burnout can also experience feelings of hopelessness, overwhelm, shame, and guilt. I approach symptoms of burnout with peer support, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Mindfulness training. ACT allows us to accept our particular circumstances and feelings, and commit to changing the way in which we perceive and interact with our environment. Mindfulness teaches mothers healthy boundaries, self care, and gives them instruction on how to stay focused on the moment.
Mothers suffering from chronic, generalized anxiety often report debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, racing thoughts, irritability, nausea, insomnia, poor memory, and lack of concentration. ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness training, and peer support have all been shown to ease these symptoms. Developing outside sources of true support is crucial for mothers so that they can feel validated and connected to others, especially those going through similar circumstances.