WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS
Online parenting support from the comfort of your own home
As new parents or parents-to-be, we universally want to do the best for our children. We have visions of how everything will be - from the way the we feed our child, to the way they sleep. We develop expectations based on what we are told by professionals, what we see other parent's doing and from well-intended, but often misguided (and unasked for!) advice.
My aim with this course is to break through the myths and provide you with sensible, evidence -based information that will allow you to pick and choose the elements that work for you and your family - without the guilt and the confidence to do parenting your way!
Hello! I’m Brooke!
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker | Perinatal, Child and Family Therapist
People come to see me because there is something in their life that is directly having an impact on their happiness or satisfaction with how things are for them. For some people, this may be a really obvious thing – for example dealing with the fallout of infidelity, while for others, it may take a little unearthing to get to the root of their unhappiness. I help people from all walks of life – individual, couples, families – deal with the problems in a healthy, considered way, while building up skills so that future issues can be dealt with more easily.
For over ten years I have been providing therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy across a variety of roles in the public and private sector. These roles have been in the family, health, maternity, perinatal mental health and adult mental health field where I have provided assessment and therapy to people experiencing anything from stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties – just to name a few.
A primary focus of my practice is supporting people either on the road to becoming a parent or those in the early years. This is such a critical time in a child’s development while at the same time being one of the hardest adjustment periods that parents can go through. Becoming a parent can often unsurface emotional issues that we may have about our own upbringing – emotions that we may not have even known we had. Occasionally, if not dealt with appropriately, these issues can impact on the bonding and attachment that we form with our baby. I work hard with parents to understand and process these emotions while being able provide the love and attention to your little bundle.
I also frequently see parents who might not be loving being a parent as much as they thought they would. Whether it’s perinatal depression or anxiety (perinatal means from the antenatal stage through the baby is about a year old), stress, relationship pressures – there are so many things that can impact on whether we enjoy being a parent. In this ‘insta’ age, it’s really easy to develop unrealistic expectations of what the early years might look like – we have dreams of idyllic nursery’s, organic linen baby clothes, easy adjustment to a lack of sleep – but the reality can be starkly different.- and admitting the struggle – admitting that it can be hard and that some days just downright suck – well, it’s just not something many people feel comfortable doing. These emotions can quickly spiral into shame and isolation – because society hasn’t read the memo that it’s OK to need help as a new parent.
Because of this – my rooms are a safe, judgement free place where I help you identify and work through the things that aren’t working – whether it be about baby sleep, feeding (breast or bottle – whatever works for you) or dealing with an unsettled baby – you can come here knowing that I understand the pressures and realities of being a new parent. With two young children and a third on the way – I understand tiredness, needing to be everything to everyone and having fourteen balls in the air at once.
My VISION for my practice is to provide a safe and confidential place for individuals, couples and families to work through their emotions and difficulties in a safe and respectful way. If this sounds like what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at Brooke Shelton.
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Thank you for purchasing 'What to expect in the first 12 months'. I look forward to walking your parenting journey with you.
Yours in Parenting,