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

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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.

Vancouver Perinatal 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.

I am currently full - please join my waitlist.

As soon as I have a space open up I will be in touch. My waitlist is often not a long wait. Please provide some information for us to help connect you with support.

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RATES

SINGLE SESSION
50 minutes: $175 plus GST

VIRTUAL SESSION
50 minutes: $175 plus GST

(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)

EXTENDED SESSION
75 minutes: $265 plus GST

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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I have a limited amount of spaces for lower cost counselling priority given to trans people and people of colour. If financial means is a barrier to your therapy please inquire to be put on this waiting list for one of these places. This program is limited to 5 lower cost sessions.

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