Welcome to the debut edition of THE WELL MOM WAY--our new online newsletter for The Center For Postpartum Family Health (CPFH)! We at CPFH are committed to helping every new mom thrive during her transition to motherhood. We hope that this newsletter gives you reminders and tips which will help you stay healthy and happy in your own journey, and keep you informed of the happenings at our center. CPFH is a group of professional counselors and therapists specializing in mental health challenges associated with pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety, but are equipped to help with other emotional and relationship issues as well. Our staff provides individual, couples and family therapy based on a sliding scale six days a week. If you need a place to talk through what you are feeling and thinking, and seek help developing a plan for improvement, give us a call to schedule an appointment at 713.561.3884. Also, make sure you sign up on our website to get all of the updates from the WELL MOM WAY. We are here for you, and we want to help you be a well mom!
FACT: Did you know depression is the #1 complication of childbirth?
Tricia Miller (M. Ed., LPC-Intern) is one of the founding therapists at CPFH. A proud Texan, she received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas and attended The University of Saint Thomas for her graduate degree in Counselor Education. Her colleagues often refer to her as a "new mother's encourager" as one of her specialities is working with clients who have postpartum depression and/or anxiety and walking with them through the recovery process. She also has experience in working with couples and marital relationships, and individuals who experience, trauma, family conflict, multicultural issues, and life transitional difficulties. Tricia says, "Building a strong therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy. I can guide clients to discover their path to a better place if they trust me, and feel open to honestly share their concerns." Clients often respond well to Tricia's warm, positive, and enthusiastic personality.
Outside the therapy room, Tricia is active in the community. As a certified Gottman Educator, this past summer she led a "Seven Principles of Marriage" workshop series at a local church and is often a guest speaker on mental health and relationship topics with various organizations.
Tricia's non-therapy life involves being a married mother of two boys under five years of age, and hobbies include being a fitness enthusiast, food lover, and proud Scrabble junkie!
Tricia is an active member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Houston Association for Family and Marriage Therapy (HAMFT). She is curently being supervised by Sherry Duson, M.A., LPC-S., LMFT-S. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-341-1870 to schedule a free phone consultation or book an appointment.
CPFH attended Houston's 14th Annual Birth Fair on Saturday, October 4th. It was wonderful to meet many mommies-to-be, new mommies, and variety of childbirth educators and helpers!
Dark Side of the Moon Screening
About 130 attendees packed the room at the United Way for the screening of the Dark Side of the Moon documentary on October 10th. Hosted by the Greater Houston Mental Health Association in tribute to Mental Illness Awareness week, the film gives a touching and at times chilling insight to postpartum depression among mothers across the nation. After the movie, a panel discussion followed among mental health professionals and a local mother shared her personal story with postpartum depression.
UPCOMING NOVEMBER EVENTS
New Moms Support Group (Recurring) FREE Weekly Wednesday Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/Adjustment support group. No sign-up necessary. Baby-friendly. Email or call our office for more info! (11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
Well Mom Presentation (Monday, November 2nd):
With the Pearland Mom of Preschoolers (MOPS) featuring therapist, Kim Jones, LMFT-Associate.
CPFH Open House and Diaper Drive (Friday, November 20th):
CPFH Founder, Sherry Duson will present "The Well Mom: How to Stay Happy and Healthy After Having A Baby" at 11:00 a.m.
Drop in and donate extra diapers and baby food for the benefit of the Salvation Army Family Center. (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
.THE WELL MOM CHECKLISTis a helpful tool to assist new mothers in their self-care. It can be used daily to remind mothers to take good care of yourself as you take care of baby. Often, new mothers are often overwhelmed with the new role of motherhood. Using this tool can help reduce stress and anxiety for mothers, at the same allowing mothers to be self compassionate.
Have I eaten enough nutritious food today?
Have I slept at least 5 hours, or taken a nap?
Have I bathed or showered today?
Have I exercised at least 10 minutes today?
Have I had at least 10 minutes of quiet time for reflection and renewal today?
Have I let myself laugh today?
Have I let others help me today?
Have I kissed my baby and told him/her “I love you” today?
Have I talked to at least one adult today about how I‘m doing today (not just about the baby)
Have I forgiven myself for mistakes today?
Copyright Sherry J. Duson, 2001
Part of our mission at CPFH is to educate the community and raise awareness regarding maternal mental health and other related topics. Our trained therapists are available to do presentations on wellness, mental health, and relationships, and are able to tailor our talks to your group or organization. To request us at your next event, please email us.