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Therapy for Birth Trauma

Serving Moms in San Diego, CA

Your birth did not go as planned.

Your baby came into the world in a way you never imagined. Instead of the peaceful and magical birth you had hoped for, you are left to pick up the pieces of a birth experience that felt totally out of your control. Maybe you or your baby experienced some type of medical emergency, or you may have endured unwanted medical interventions that ultimately you are not even sure you even needed. 

Maybe you're home with your baby and everyone expects you to be able to move on after this experience. But you're left with so many unanswered questions. You feel like your body let you down- like your body let your baby down. You want to focus on bonding with your baby, but the thoughts, images, and memories of your experience make it difficult to feel present. 

It felt like you were not in control.

You had a birth plan or at least some expectation of what you wanted in your birth experience, but you feel like you were not listened to in the moments when you felt the most vulnerable. Maybe there were things that happened that you did not fully consent to or truly understand. It felt difficult to advocate for yourself in that moment, and now you are feeling all of the heaviness about what you wish you should have done or said. 

Instead of feeling the magic of that "golden hour," it feels like your birth was an "out of body" experience and you remember the moments of fear and helplessness that overshadow the magic you were hoping for. 

This is making it so hard for you to be present in your new stage of motherhood. 


You are not alone. Birth trauma is isolating and all-consuming, but there is hope. 

There is such an emphasis on a "healthy mom and healthy baby" when it comes to birth, but sometimes the physical and emotional trauma of a birth can be overlooked. 1 in 3 women report their birth experience was traumatic in some way. Birth trauma can occur before, during, or after the birth of your baby. The way I see it, there is no one way to define what a traumatic birth is. There is no hierarchy in the world of trauma. If you feel that parts of your birth were distressing and are still bothering you, that is important. You deserve to process this in a safe space. 

If you are struggling with your birth experience, please reach out to get support. I am here to help you process the grief, loss, and other complicated emotions that come up after a traumatic birth experience. I will walk with you on this journey of letting go of the self-defeating self talk as you find peace and compassion for yourself. I am also trained in mind-body approaches, like EMDR, that help process traumatic experiences and find emotional healing.

Counseling for birth trauma can help you:

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  • Share your birth story in a space that is safe.

  • Process the aspects of your birth that were scary.

  • Find relief from the trauma symptoms you may be experiencing including nightmares, flashbacks, depression, intrusive thoughts

  • Honestly share your fears and true emotions without feeling shame & guilt.  

  • Process previous traumas that may have impacted your pregnancy or birth experience (such as sexual assault).

  • Let go of the heaviness you are feeling stuck with so you can feel more like yourself and further bond with your baby.

  • Learn to prioritize nurturing and taking care of yourself, so that you can nurture your loved ones in the ways they need to be loved.

  • Take a holistic view of your well-being by nurturing your mind, body & spirit in the therapy space.

Schedule a Consultation

You don't have to struggle with this alone. Get the support you deserve.

Click the button below to head to my client portal and schedule a free consultation with me. 

We will meet on my secure video platform where you will:

  • have the opportunity to share what's brought you to therapy

  • ask me any questions you may have

  • & figure out if we would be a good fit to work together.

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