Hi mamas! My name is Valerie Miranda. I am a licensed professional counselor, but during our maternal mental health group, I will be acting as a peer mentor. I want to tell you what Athens Parent Wellbeing has done for me and what I hope it can do for you. 10 months postpartum (Yes, PPD and PPA can occur anytime within 12 months after giving birth), I had an intrusive thought about my children. I started attending this group in hopes of being able to work through some of these thoughts, but once a month was not enough. Athens Parent Wellbeing helped support me with a Theramama and additional counseling as well.
I was struggling with one baby and one toddler. My baby did not sleep through the night until 21 months, my toddler has mental health needs that we are slowly addressing. I needed all the mental health help I could get. Monira and Athens Parent Wellbing did this for me.
I want this group to be a place for you to talk about the real struggles of motherhood, the fears of motherhood, and the joys and heartbreaks of motherhood. I want us to be able to support each other on our journey as we progress through this stage of life. I hope to teach you some skills, share my experiences as a mother over the last 4 years and as a counselor over the last 13 years; and lastly share the joys and fears that come along with being a mother.
I hope you will find peace in this group and a space where you can express your needs openly.
I look forward to seeing you soon!