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Pregnancy and Postpartum Counselling

Pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum are periods of massive transformation—transformation which can feel shocking and isolating, and even unwelcome. You might be feeling overwhelmed by your emotions and not like yourself.

Having emotional support during this period is essential. It’s important for you to know that you’re not alone. As your therapist I’m here to help you recognize that you have everything you need to move through this period of transformation—not by sheer survival, but by feeling open and grounded and ready. Together we work through the emotions you’re feeling and find a way to heal them and grow beyond them. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum offer us opportunities for transformation with the right supports.

I can help with:

  • Anxiety / Depression in pregnancy or postpartum
  • Birth trauma healing
  • Miscarriage and loss
  • Coping with the unexpected
  • Trauma that is resurfacing
  • Changes in sexuality
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TANYA PODLOZNIUK, MC, RCC

My approach to therapy is to create a calming and supportive connection with you so that we can address the complex emotions that come with pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

For the last ten years I’ve worked with people who are pregnant or postpartum and feeling anxious, overwhelmed, lost, or just not themselves. I understand how pregnancy and birth can impact your mental health.

It’s important to work with someone who understands the challenges that come during all aspects of the reproductive journey. I’ve done research in this field, I’ve grown into a parent myself, and I’ve supported hundreds of parents towards a happier, more adjusted postpartum period.

My graduate research focused on cross-cultural understandings of postpartum adjustment. In North America we don’t have a recognized postpartum period. In other cultures, the postpartum period is recognized in the same way we would recognize a bereavement period.

So, just like we wouldn’t expect someone who’s grieving to cope by themselves, we shouldn’t expect someone to cope during the postpartum period on their own. You may have physical support from your partner, your family, and your community, but you may be coping with the emotional aspects all by yourself. It’s difficult- not because there is something wrong but because this overwhelming transformation is too big to grapple with on your own.

I believe that most of the time the source of your emotional discomfort is not biological but situational. I see people have success when they process their uncomfortable feelings and view themselves in a more empowering way. Therapy helps to integrate your experiences to make them feel more manageable.

I’m a mother of two young kids. My experiences of being pregnant, birthing, and growing in to the parent I am today were transformative and challenging. My graduate research helped me understand that what I was experiencing was normal, but it reminded me that nobody has an easy time. My own experiences help me go deeper in my practice and my work with clients.

Tanya Podlozniuk Vancouver Counsellor

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READY TO EXPLORE WORKING TOGETHER?

  • 1 We meet and uncover what is happening for you.
  • 2 I help you listen more deeply to yourself so that we can find a way to move forward.
  • 3 I support you through the hard parts so that you can get to where you want to go.

FAQ

Are you taking new clients?

Yes. I am currently taking clients.

Where are you located?

I’m in two places.

On Mondays and Tuesdays I’m in East Van at 2647 East Hastings St. It’s a midwifery clinic, but you do no need to be on your reproductive journey to see me there. Everyone is welcome to see me at this clinic.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays I’m on the West side. at Suite 207- 2190 Fir Street.

Do I need to do something before the first session?

No. Not a single thing.

How often do I come in for sessions?

This is really up to you, but generally I see people weekly when they are struggling or working though something. Over time the frequency will shift as feels right for you.

Are your services covered?

Yes. My fee is covered by most extended health plans. Please ask you insurer if you are covered for Registered Clinical Counselling.

What kind of people do you work with?

My practice is very diverse. I work with adults from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I do couples work with straight and LGBTQ+ clients.

Is the therapy confidential?

Yes, therapy is completely confidential. However, there are four instances that would compel me to disclose something that you said in therapy. If I believed you had an imminent plan to hurt yourself or another person, or there was a child in your life in danger I have a duty to report this. The other possibility is if anything in your life came into a court of law a judge (and only a judge) could subpoena my notes.

Intrusive thoughts about harming yourself or your baby are actually very normal. Research tell us that over 80% of the population experiences this. These thoughts are safe to tell me and will be kept confidential.

Can I bring my partner?

Yes. Pregnancy and postpartum often bring forward areas to work on in your relationship.

Can I bring my baby?

Yes.

Please feel welcome to bring your baby. In my experience new babies are often very easy to have in a session. There is space to do whatever you and your baby need to do: if you need to change them you can, if your baby cries you can get up with them and move around, the therapy just continues. When your baby becomes more mobile they are welcome to come, but many clients find that babies at this age disrupt the depth of their therapy.

What happens if we’re not a good fit?

I fully support your therapy even if it means finding another therapist. If I’m not the right therapist for you, I’m happy to refer you to a trusted colleague.

RATES

SINGLE SESSION
50 minutes: $150

VIDEO CONFERENCING SESSION
50 minutes: $150
(I’ll send you a link, we talk by video-call and you don’t need to leave your house (often helpful in early postpartum)

OR
75 minute session $225 (recommended for couples)

PERINATAL WELLNESS PACKAGE
Six 50 minute sessions: $840
6 sessions spread over your pregnancy and postpartum period

48-hour cancellation policy in effect. Payment is due in full without exception if appointments are missed or cancelled within less than 48-hours. This policy is waved if you go into labour.

I welcome all sexual orientations and genders.

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