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THE WELL MOM WAY

The Center for Postpartum Family Health Newsletter

January 2017, Issue 7

Website: www.cpfh.org  Email: centerforppfh@yahoo.com  Office: 713.561.3884
 New Birth Trauma Group Forming
Birth is personal. While healthy baby and healthy mom are the primary goals, the birth experience itself does not always go as expected. This can have a powerful and lasting impact. This group is designed to provide a safe space to promote healing after a traumatic birth experience. Sessions will focus on developing coping skills to reduce stressors including anxiety, grief, and shame. Activities will include creating birth art, sharing birth experiences, and group process time. 
Dates: February 20th – April 10th, 2017
When: Mondays from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Cost: $20/session, 8 sessions total
Location: The Center for Postpartum Family Health,
3418 Mercer, Houston, TX 77027
 
This group will be facilitated by Lorissa Eichenberger, MA, LMFT-Associate under the supervision of Sherry Duson, MA, LMFT-S.  Having worked towards healing from her first birth experience, Lorissa has compassion for women that have struggled with traumatic births.  She has both participated in and facilitated support groups for women in the greater Houston area.  Lorissa understands the difficulty in sharing details of a traumatic birth and how hard it can be to find qualified professionals to aid in the healing process with empathy.  She is creating this comforting space to allow women to tell their stories and heal themselves.  Space is limited, so call our center to reserve your spot today!
 
For more information and to register for this 8-session group series, please call The Center for Postpartum Family Heath at (713) 561-3384 or email us at centerforppfh@yahoo.com
Welcome New Clinician 
The Center for Postpartum Family Health is happy to announce the addition of new therapist to the clinical team!

Moni received her master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. She has experience working with new moms and families dealing with life transitions, perinatal emotions, eating and body image issues, and relationship satisfaction.  She offers a solution-focused and strength-based approach to counseling, as well as use of cognitive-behavioral therapy tools.
 
Moni knows that the transition into parenthood can present moms and families with both excitement and various challenges.  Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, impact the mother’s self-identity, the couple’s relationship dynamics, and their extended family and community.  Therapy and counseling can help guide you to discover and nurture your innate resilience and strength.   She is passionate about helping new moms and families find success during the postpartum period.   Currently, Moni is facilitating the free Brown Bag Mom’s Circle group for pregnancy and postpartum depression on Wednesdays at 12 noon.
 
Moni is a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, and is available for pre-marital counseling, marriage enrichment, and help for dating couples considering engagement.  She has experience working with children dealing with grief, loss, life stressors and adjustment issues.  Additionally, she is interested in working with clients from diverse backgrounds and can help address issues related to international/interracial marriages.  She is able to conduct therapy in English and Mandarin Chinese.  Moni is practicing under the supervision of Sherry J. Duson, M.A. LMFT-S, LPC-S.
 
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Moni, call 713.562.3884 or email her at moni@cpfh.org  

As always, initial phone consultations are always free.
 
CPFH in the Community
On December 16, 2016, CPFH Director Sherry Duson presented, "The Well Mom: An Overview of Maternal Mental Health" at SUN Behavioral Houston, attended by Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Counselors in the community.  The presentation focused on an overview of the most common mental health issues to arise during the pregnancy and postpartum period in a mother's life, as well as the basics of diagnosis and treatment. 
Kim Jones Presented to the Texas Women's Hospital
CPFH therapist Kim Jones presented in Birth, Baby & Beyond class at Texas Women’s Hospital. The presentation covered an overview of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other mental health issues frequently encountered in the the perinatal period. She talked about signs, symptoms, cultural factors, and risk factors, as well as what a person can do if they or a family member appears to be in need of support.  Kim also discussed the changes in family dynamics that typically occur in the postpartum period and the importance of self-care for new moms. 
CPFH Upcoming Events
CPFH Director Sherry Duson will present at Hope & Healing Center on April 12, 2017. This presentation includes an overview of common maternal mental health issues such as postpartum depression and anxiety, their risk factors, and prevention methods. Focus is on self-care, building support systems, and seeking professional care when needed. 

Event Details: 
Topic: Lunch and Learn, The Well Mom - How to Stay Happy and Healthy After Having a Baby
When: April 12, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056 
Cost: Free
CPFH therapist Lorissa Eichenberger will present at a local mother's support group "Starting Right" at WoodsEdge Community Church in The Woodlands.  Supplemental texts will include excerpts from Brene Brown and Harriet Lerner, two renowned authors dedicated to empowering women.

Event Details:
Topic:  Women and Self-Care
When: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 09:30am
Where: WoodsEdge Community Church Room 206
            25333 Gosling Rd, Spring, TX 77389
Cost: Free
CPFH On-Going
 
HASHTAGS!

To help us connect and promote maternal mental health on social media, we have created hashtags for use! Join us by adding 

#findyourspace                        #tellyourstory                        #healyourself

Free Support Group. Brown Bag Lunch Mom’s Circle. Weekly support group for new moms and families to talk about pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as personal and family adjustment. 

Wednesdays from 12 – 1pm.  Free to attend, babies in arms welcome.

Speaking engagements. If your group of mom’s or other professionals would like an educational presentation on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, please feel free to call.  We have a presentation ready to go, or we can tailor one for your group.

Mental Health counseling beyond just postpartum. All of our therapists are trained in marriage and couples therapy, parenting techniques, family therapy, substance abuse, and other issues.  We are happy to see male clients, children, teenagers and family members besides just moms! (Just thought you should know…)

EDUCATION

Part of our mission at CPFH is to educate the community and raise awareness regarding maternal mental health and other related topics.  Our trained therapists are available to do presentations on wellness, mental health, and relationships, and are able to tailor our talks to your group or organization. To request us at your next event, please email us.

If you would like CPFH brochures, the Well Mom checklists, or would like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please contact us at centerforppfh@yahoo.com

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