Counselling for women currently living with pregnancy sickness

As a specialist Counsellor, I work with women who are currently living with any degree of pregnancy sickness, with the aim of reducing isolation, alleviating distress and increasing support. Whilst counselling cannot ‘cure’ nausea or vomiting, it can enable women to develop new coping strategies and leave them with an enhanced sense of their suffering being acknowledged and understood.

Sometimes women hold back on telling friends and family about how pregnancy sickness is affecting them or how much they are struggling. They may worry about upsetting other people or be concerned about how they might respond. Counselling sessions can provide a safe, non-judgmental space for women to express how it really is for them.

Some women report not wanting to talk to anyone about their pregnancy sickness experience because 'other people just don’t get it.' Some women struggle to make sense of or explain their thoughts and feelings, particularly if they feel anxious, embarrassed, angry, weak, powerless, lonely, debilitated, disbelieved, confused, low in mood, or deprived of a 'glowing' pregnancy. They might worry about being judged or misunderstood. They might feel hurt or offended by some of the comments around their pregnancy sickness they have already heard. Rather than feeling pregnant, they might just feel ill. As a two times pregnancy sickness survivor myself, this is something I deeply understand.

Within the structured framework of a counselling relationship, I endeavour to offer therapeutic support to women at any stage of their pregnancy sickness journey.