MATERNAL HOPE PROGRAM
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The Middle Path is proud to offer the Maternal Hope program, an intensive outpatient group therapy program for women in the postpartum period. One in five moms struggle with a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD). Many women don’t seek help for their struggles. Often, there is stigma associated with these experiences that make it difficult to talk about your experience. You may feel like a bad mother or feel like you never should have had a child in the first place. Your experiencing intense emotional reactions such as intense sadness, panic, or anger. Maybe you feel that you are unable to control your emotions. This may be making it difficult to bond with your child, cause issues in your current relationships, or making it impossible for you to return to work.
We want you to know that you are not alone. You don’t have to continue to suffer. We can work together to regain control of your life, reduce suffering, and improve your relationships. There is lasting healing.
At The Middle Path, we provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and incorporate holistic interventions. DBT incorporates four skill modules:
Mindfulness – Mindfulness helps you to increase your awareness of the present moment so that you can use other skills to reduce your suffering. New moms commonly sacrifice themselves to care for their child. Mindfulness skills will also help you be more intentional in your own practices to improve your well-being.
Interpersonal Effectiveness – These skills are focused on communicating your needs and improving relationships while maintaining your own self-respect. We also incorporate family education groups on a biweekly basis to help improve your support system.
Emotional Regulation – Emotional regulation skills help new moms by teaching them how to tolerate their emotions. This module also focuses on the whole body by teaching how things such as hormone fluctuations, sleep deprivation, and nutrition affect our moods.
Distress Tolerance – In distress tolerance, you will learn crisis survival skills and acceptance skills. Crisis survival skills will help you manage the most intense emotions, urges, and thoughts. Acceptance skills will help you find peace and calmness as you adjust to motherhood. These skills will help you decrease reactive behaviors and help you to become more in control.
If you are interested or have questions about our Maternal Hope program, please contact us at 865-693-7453.