Many individuals and couples begin their journey into parenthood with much excitement and hope – believing it will be everything it's promised to be. However, this profound life transition and personal transformation can come with many unexpected and difficult challenges - challenges that can leave individuals and couples feeling blindsided, devastated, alone, and overwhelmed.
Are you saying to yourself, “this isn’t at all what I expected?” or “why didn’t anyone tell me?” If you are, you are certainly not alone.
Are you experiencing the heartache of a miscarriage or loss?
Are you on the infertility roller coaster? Feeling like having a baby is never going to happen? Like you are the only one in this baby abundant world that can’t get pregnant?
Are you pregnant and unhappy or anxious? Wondering how you are going to cope with a new baby?
Is this ‘magical’ time feeling like anything but?
Have you been diagnosed with Postpartum Depression?
Wondering if this is how motherhood is supposed to feel?
Worried about how your marriage or partnership is going to survive?
You are not alone. It’s okay to ask for help.
Rebirth offers specialized counselling services to individuals and couples navigating the realities of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and life with baby.
It’s a safe and compassionate space to talk, cry, be angry, and share those thoughts and feelings you feel you can’t. A space to let go of the pressure to be strong, perfect, or in control. A space to feel all the emotions of your journey without being distressed, overwhelmed, or controlled by them. Our counselling services can help you feel less alone, offer you relief, and a renewed sense of hope that things will get better. Because they will.
To schedule an appointment with Jodi Tiller or Ramona Fernandez, you can call Rebirth at 226-663-3243 and we are more than happy to assist you in scheduling your appointment. Or you can view their availability and book online.
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Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
With the enormity of becoming a mother, it’s natural to feel a range of emotions and feel them deeply! A woman’s emotional health is most at risk during pregnancy or following the birth of a baby than any other time in her life. In fact, 1 in 5 mothers experience Postpartum Depression making it the most common complication of childbirth. Fathers (www.postpartummen.com) and adoptive parents can experience it, too.
Have trouble sleeping?
Find you're exhausted most of the time?
Notice a decrease in your appetite?
Worry about little things that never used to bother you?
Wonder if you'll ever have time to yourself again?
Feel guilty, ashamed, and think you are not a good mother
Think your children would be better off without you?
Worry that your husband or partner will get tired of you feeling this way?
Quick to anger and seem to snap at others over everything?
Think everyone else is a better mother than you are?
Cry over the slightest thing?
No longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy?
Isolate yourself from your friends and neighbours?
Fear leaving the house or being alone?
Have anxiety attacks?
Have unexplained anger?
Have difficulty concentrating?
have repeated, unwanted “scary thoughts” about your baby’s well being that seem to come out of nowhere?
Think something else is wrong with you or your marriage?
Feel like you will always feel this way and never get better?
Do you feel this way much of the time? For longer than two weeks? You could be experiencing Postpartum Depression.
We know that feeling vulnerable can make it difficult to ask for help. But we also know that reaching out for support can be very empowering by providing you and your family with information, understanding, and the tools you need to feel better. Psychotherapy for postpartum depression is a well-established, evidenced-based treatment for postpartum depression. Postpartum Depression is very treatable. Do not let misinformation, uncertainty, shame, finances, embarrassment, or denial get in the way of you getting the help you need. Once you decide to seek treatment, you will be on the road to feeling better...
Extended health care plans may cover some of the cost of counselling services. Not sure if counselling is what you need? Give us a call us at 226-663-3243 - we'll be happy to answer your questions and support you in getting the help you need to feel like yourself again.
How long do I have to wait for an initial appointment? Generally speaking, appointments can be scheduled within a week of your initial call. Urgent appointments (same day or next day) may be available if needed. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.
Are my counselling sessions confidential? Yes. Your confidentiality is of paramount importance. As a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, I am required and deeply committed to practicing under the professional ethics and standards that apply to the practice of Social Work. Which means you will receive highly professional services.
What can I expect for the initial session? In the initial session, the therapist will work with you to gain a full understanding of what you are experiencing and what you need to feel better. Together you will formulate a plan specific to your needs, what you would like to see change, and what resources are available to you. You may feel hopeful and a sense of relief because you have taken the first step in feeling better. Individuals and couples often report experiencing new awareness and insights from this initial session.
How often will I need to attend counselling sessions? Together, you and therapist will determine the frequency of appointments based on your needs and schedule, which may be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. According to research, individuals and couples that have the most positive outcomes from counselling attended on a regular basis.
How long will I need to be in counselling? Individuals and couples come to counselling for different reasons and at different points in their journey; therefore, the length of time individuals and couples engage in counselling really varies. The therapist’s first priority is making sure you get the results you want from your counselling experience; which for most, is to feel better as quickly as possible.
What is your rate? A sliding fee scale based on household income is available. Many extended health care insurance packages will cover counselling services. I would suggest speaking with your Human Resource Department or your insurance company to determine if the services of a Registered Social Worker (RSW) are covered. They often are. Counselling fees are income tax deductible as a medical expense. Also, they can be applied as a business expense for people who are self-employed. Receipts that can be submitted for reimbursement are issued at the end of each session.
It is common for individuals to worry about the cost of counselling. Consider the benefits of this short term investment. Taking care of yourself and getting what you need is important..the cost of not getting help is much higher. Your health and well being is worth the investment.
Can I bring my baby? My partner? A friend? Absolutely. The office is a comfortable, baby-friendly space.
Does this mean I’m not a good mom or that I’m ‘crazy?’ No. It means you are a good mom experiencing difficult circumstances. Admitting that something is wrong, especially at a time when everything is suppose to be so ‘right’ and ‘perfect,’ can feel like taking a step off a cliff, not knowing how far you will fall. It can be scary. We get it. But you’re not alone. Counselling is your opportunity to courageously take control and feel better.
What if I make an appointment and need to cancel? Since the scheduling of a counselling appointment involves the reservation of a time specifically for you, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for rescheduling or cancelling an appointment. Unless we reach a different agreement, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification. Please review our Cancellation Policy for more details.
Jodi Tiller MSW, RSW - Psychotherapist and Founder of Rebirth Wellness Centre
From a young age, I knew I wanted to work with children and help them to thrive. After graduating with a masters degree in clinical social work, I started living my vision with a career in children’s mental health. I quickly learned that the best way I could help children was to help their parents. And as early in their journey into parenthood as possible. And so, nearly 20 years ago, my work with helping mothers, fathers, and couples adjust to life with a new baby began. Becoming a mother or father is a significant life transition. It changes everything. But in our culture, we do very little to prepare, support, and nurture new parents – to ensure that they have what they need so they can give to their baby what she/he needs. It’s as if parents in our culture are being set up to feel like failures. And so I continue on my passionate crusade to help parents navigate the many waves of parenthood with confidence, skill, and a love for the ride.
Ramona Fernandez PhD, M.Ed. (Counselling Psych), CCC, FT - Clinical Counsellor
For the last 10 years I have dedicated my professional work to specialize in women’s reproductive health, fertility and reproductive loss as a counsellor, researcher, ethicist and professor. I am humbled by the majesty of nature, that brings together so many things with such precision at exactly the right times to make a life. I also bear witness to the deep suffering that comes when the imagined future didn’t work out as hoped. My knowledge to be your guide as you navigate this path comes from my professional training but also from the empathy of personal knowledge, as I’ve borne 5 pregnancies to bring into the world 1 beautiful child that lived. I am a cousellor with a specialization in perinatal health and reproductive loss. I have a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, Certificate in Grief & Bereavement, and a PhD in Health Professional Education on the topic of high risk pregnancies involving fetal anomalies. I’m currently an adjunct professor at Western University in Counselling Psychology and have taught at Western, Ryerson and Yale Universities.
Ashley Fader, MSW, RSW (Registered Social Worker) - Psychotherapist
Being a mom isn’t always easy. In 2017, I became a first time mom and experienced many feelings of isolation and loneliness; the advice I was being given didn't feel right to me, and I began to question my own intuition. Up until that point, I had spent almost 10 years working with children, but becoming a parent gave me a whole new appreciation for what it takes to raise a child and it reshaped my identity and provided me with a passion to help other mothers. So many women lack the space to explore all of the difficult emotions related to parenthood. Whether you had a traumatic birth experience, are having difficulty bonding with your child, are stressed out and are struggling with setting boundaries and self care, are having relationship difficulties since the birth of your child, or just aren't feeling like yourself, I can help. I would love to help you heal and find more joy in life. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work, and use a number of different evidence based approaches in counselling.
Leanne Ford, MSW, RSW (Registered Social Worker) - Psychotherapist- HYDE PARK LOCATION
The majority of my career has been dedicated to children’s mental health and supporting emerging adults with major life transitions, however, since becoming a mother myself, I know first hand the challenges of extreme fatigue, pressures from society to “do it right”, balancing relationships as a new mom, the baby blues and at times feeling unable to cope well. Pregnancy and the first-year postpartum are particularly vulnerable times for mental health in a family eco system. I firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship we build during our work together is important to both practitioner and client. Having an individual share their personal story is incredibly meaningful to me, and I consider it a true honour. Life offers us challenges and often times we need a little support navigating these difficulties through major life transitions, like becoming a parent for the first time.
I see my approach as being integrative, collaborative, and about true connection. I want my clients to feel seen, heard, validated, and understood in whatever they are feeling and experiencing. It is my belief that we are all the experts of our own lives and I aim to help women recognize unique inner resources, allowing you to reach your full potential.
I am passionate about supporting you with challenges like; major life transitions, role changes, lifestyle adjustments for new moms, anxiety, stress, perinatal mental health difficulties, trauma, interpersonal relationship challenges, positive parenting strategies and/or riding the wave of being a new mom. I know that no single approach is appropriate for everyone, which is why I use a variety of modalities in my work with individuals to explore thoughts, emotions and behavior. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and development, and together we can work to form goals for you to meet your full potential.
Wherever you're at; I see you, I hear you, and I am here to join you along your journey!