Real Woman Real Journey (RWRJ) Therapy for Women 

     

 Canadian Women's Wellness Network              Réseau Canadien du Bien-Etre des Femmes

Featured Counsellors

Elina Alexandrov Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Montreal, Québec


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Christine Dela Cruz

Registered Social Worker

Selkirk, Manitoba  



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Dr. Nicolina Ratto Psychologist

Montreal, Quebec





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Monica Wong

Registered Social Worker

Calgary, Alberta



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Carly Fleming

Therapist

Montreal, Québec



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Kathy Thomas

Certified Parent Coach

Toronto, Ontario




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Georgia M. Smith

Canadian Certified Counsellor

Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec


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Jennifer Kausky

Registered Social Worker

London, Ontario



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Miriam VandenBrink

Psychologist

Edmonton, Alberta




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Odette Quenneville
Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker
Montreal, Quebec


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Motherhood Support                                         Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, and Infertility

Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings a host of changes in emotions, relationships, lifestyle, and of course changes to your physical body. There are widely known medical options available to support you with many of the physical aspects of pregnancy but many women are unaware of the therapeutic options available to support you with the intense emotional and lifestyle changes involved in each stage of pregnancy. A Therapist can help you to explore pregnancy options; discuss abortion, adoption, and parenting, fears, resources, and more.  Discovering you are pregnant is life changing and any major life transition has its own set of challenges.If you are newly pregnant and experiencing stress, depression, or anxiety about any issues related to this major lifestyle change, a counsellor will assist you to overcome these overwhelming emotions and begin to find peace in your pregnancy journey.

Childbirth Preparation

Preparing for childbirth is an emotional, mental, and physical process. Labor is a physically exhausting experience and without proper support it can be a traumatizing experience for some. A counsellor can assist you with developing a birth plan that takes into account your individual needs and addresses any anxieties you may have about giving birth to your baby. You may have already decided that you want a natural birth or a C-section. You may want your partner in the delivery room, or only your mother. You want absolutely no cameras or on the contrary you may want many pictures. Each aspect of the birth plan is valuable and important. A professional counsellor will help you to create a personalized birth plan that will also incorporate your emotional and psychological needs. A counsellor will help you prepare for unavoidable changes to your birth plan and assist you with the emotional aspects of giving birth.

If you are experiencing any of the following situations, a professional counsellor is an excellent option for you:  

  • Domestic violence while pregnant
  • Emotional abuse while pregnant
  • Anxiety or depression due to unplanned pregnancy
  • Adolescent pregnancy stress
  • Eating Disorder while pregnant
  • Struggling with substance abuse or addiction while pregnant
  • Dealing with separation or divorce during pregnancy
  • Anxiety about parenting and lifestyle changes
  • Feelings of depression after giving birth

Post Partum Depression

Post partum depression is a state of depression (overwhelming sadness and intense sense of sorrow) usually occurring during the months following childbirth. PPD is a serious condition that can impair your ability to care for your child at an optimal level. Seeking help is the best option for anyone experiencing depression after child birth.

Signs of Post Partum Depression : 

Overwhelming sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness and chronic unhappiness soon after having a baby
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleeping pattern
  • Feeling isolated
  • Feeling incapable of completing daily tasks
  • Loss of interest in things that once made you happy or excite
  • Sense of disconnection from your baby or feeling unable to care for your baby
  • Overwhelming guilt, shame, or self-loathing

Parenting

Before having children, many women are sure about exactly the type of parent they’ll be. They vow to be calm, caring, disciplined, and supportive. When their precious child is born, they begin to imagine how the child will behave and what type of person they will become as the child grows older. There is nothing wrong with planning and hoping, but it is impossible to completely predict the type of personality, social influences, and behavioral traits your child will develop. This is where parenting coaching comes in. A parenting coach is there to support you in your parenting process. You will be taught effective ways to overcome challenges with your child and establish a healthy parent-child relationship which translates into a much more harmonious home.

A parenting coach can help you to:

Learn about different parenting styles

Better understand your child’s needs

Utilise techniques for cooperation, family cohesion, and team work in the home

Recognize age-appropriate methods of disciplining your child

Moderate between siblings

Help a child with anger and rage issues

Help you to manage rage or anger issues

Address youth substance-use / depression / identity issues

Address children misbehaving in school

Help you and your partner to agree on a parenting decision

Many more

Infertility

Family planning can be the most exciting time of a woman’s life and can also be a very difficult time in a woman’s life. Today’s medical advancements have made a variety of options available to families with affected by infertility but it is not always easy deciding which option is best for your family. Whether you are considering or already pursing In-vitro fertilisation (IVF), surrogacy, prescribed Fertility drugs, surgery, Intrauterine insemination, use of sperm donor, adoption, or any other option,  a professional can provide you with emotional support and guidance along your journey.

A Therapist can help you to:


Explore fertility treatment options that best suit your needs and the needs of your partner

Develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with the challenges of infertility

Learn effective strategies for communicating your needs to loved ones

Setting boundaries for intrusive friends and family members

Coping with the emotional aspects of fertility treatment

Preparing you emotionally for the birth of your new baby following a long journey of fertility treatment