Psychotherapy for Pre- & Postpartum Parents
Let’s focus on you.
A healthy baby AND healthy parents is what matters.
Lara Schoen, LMSW
Lara supports birthing parents at all stages of the reproductive journey. Lara’s work focuses especially on the needs of parents who had a traumatic birth or who are grieving pregnancy or infant loss.
Lara’s background as a doula as well as her extensive training in healing from birth trauma and loss enable her to provide compassionate, informed support to parents.
Hi! I’m Lara!
New parents or parents who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth often feel alone and invisible. The lack of support around childbirth and child loss leaves people isolated and scrambling for support and answers, all while managing caring for an infant or experiencing profound grief.
The Postpartum Period
Whether you are recovering from your first childbirth, grieving a miscarriage, or preparing to welcome your rainbow baby, I am here to help.
It is normal and common to have complicated feelings following childbirth. The transition to parenthood includes many enormous changes that can literally happen overnight. It is common to feel happy about baby and grieve the life you had before.
It is normal to feel grief for the birth you wanted, but did not get to have.
It is normal to feel happy for the baby that is here and grieve deeply for the one that is not.
Many people experience depression and anxiety following birth. Some have distressing thoughts and think there is something wrong.
Many people struggle in the transition to parenthood. It is one of the most challenging experiences we will have.
We can think that becoming a parent should be easy. For many people, it is not.
During this time, the more support we have, the more we will thrive.
I look forward to being a part of your support system.
There is no one “right” way to feel.
Everyone’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth is unique.
Each story deserves a caring witness. Each parent deserves to feel seen and validated. If you are struggling, you are not alone.
Many factors make pregnancy and the postpartum period challenging.
I’m here to listen and walk with you on your path of healing to joyful parenthood.
I support people who may be experiencing:
- Postpartum Depression
- Postpartum Anxiety
- Traumatic Birth
- Birth of a Rainbow baby
- Relationship issues
- Life Transitions
“There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.”
People who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth often feel isolated while trying to process grief so profound that there simply are no words to describe the pain. Surrounded by people who don’t know what to say or who say the wrong things can increase the feelings of loss and isolation. Partnerships can become strained. The sense of the world moving on while you are shattered can feel disorienting.
Therapy can provide a safe place to speak the unspeakable. When there are no words, therapy that allows processing in non-verbal ways can powerfully support healing.
When you feel ready to reach out, I am here to listen.