At Unpolished Parenthood, we recognize parenthood’s profound and transformative journey, filled with immeasurable joy and unique challenges. We prioritize mental health during pregnancy and postpartum support in Arkansas.
Parenthood is a beautiful yet imperfect adventure, demanding a delicate balance of resilience and vulnerability. Understanding that each path to parenthood is unique, we embrace the diversity of experiences. Our philosophy centers on empowerment, collaboration, and embracing the essence of humanity, imperfections, and all.
Explore the significance of mental health during pregnancy and postpartum, shining a light on potential challenges and the online support available in Arkansas. We aim to provide a wealth of information, resources, and guidance to empower you on this transformative journey. Together, let’s navigate the path toward unpolished, imperfect, yet beautifully rewarding parenthood.
Meet Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer: an Expert in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C), has dedicated over a decade to promoting the mental health wellness of families. Her approach involves highly attuned, reflective, collaborative, and evidence-based care. Unpolished Parenthood, founded by Dr. Kolomeyer in 2021 following her maternity leave, reflects her commitment to supporting families.
The essence of Unpolished Parenthood lies in challenging unrealistic standards, expectations, and demands. Dr. Kolomeyer believes that pursuing perfection often leads us to question our experiences. The notion that others appear to have it all together can create doubts about our struggles and happiness.
Unpolished Parenthood serves as a reminder that it’s okay to feel unpolished. It emphasizes the commonality of experiences, dispels the illusion of perfection, and encourages self-kindness. Driven by the belief that every parent deserves happiness in parenthood and every baby deserves a gratified parent, the core philosophy is that joy can be found in embracing the unpolished aspects of life. Dr. Kolomeyer is your reliable perinatal mental health therapist in Arkansas.
Mission and Approach
Unpolished Parenthood is a private practice that creates a safe, welcoming, mindful, and transparent environment. Here, we offer evidence-based, research-supported strategies, a cognitive-behavioral approach, and a highly interpersonal style to deliver personalized care tailored to your needs.
We use key, objective points to track progress in our collaborative work. This ensures that Unpolished Parenthood aligns with your goals and equips you with the tools and confidence necessary for sustained long-term success.
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Areas of Expertise
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support
The term “perinatal” covers the period from pregnancy to the initial year after childbirth. Expectant and new parents often face significant external pressures during this phase.
These pressures include the expectation to savor pregnancy, radiate boundless joy while awaiting the baby’s arrival, instantly form a deep connection with the newborn, smoothly transition into parenthood, make time for self-care, attend to the needs of other children and family members, manage household responsibilities, return to work, and maintain balance in what seems like a harmonious juggling act. Such expectations can induce stress and, at times, overwhelming debilitation.
The arrival of a new baby signifies a major life adjustment, and it’s not surprising that Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are common during this period. PMADs encompass depression, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress, distressing, intrusive thoughts or images, obsessions, and/or compulsions. Above all, individuals may experience a sensation of not feeling like themselves.
In such cases, you must recognize that you are not to blame. PMADs are a universal phenomenon affecting mothers and fathers globally, without discrimination based on age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, educational background, or socioeconomic status.
While expectant mothers often receive ample attention and support during pregnancy, parental well-being can become a secondary concern after the baby’s arrival. Proactively planning for parental success is as crucial as preparing for the baby’s needs and can help prevent the need for more intensive intervention later on.
At Unpolished Parenthood, our dedication extends to providing support even before the baby’s arrival, ensuring you feel prepared to navigate this new chapter of life. Addressing and resolving difficulties at this stage can prevent the deterioration of parental mental and emotional well-being. With the right assistance, you can regain a sense of well-being and discover the joys of parenthood.
Postpartum Depression Counseling
Did you know that studies indicate a significant majority of parents, roughly 60-80%, contend with what is commonly known as “baby blues” after their baby’s birth? This experience is mainly attributed to hormonal changes and the adjustment to parenthood.
Usually, baby blues diminish within a short period of two weeks. In contrast, postpartum depression affects about 20% of parents, lasting well beyond those initial two weeks. To put it in perspective, that means 1 in 5 individuals, with the primary risk factor being pregnancy and childbirth.
It’s highly probable that someone in your circle has faced or is currently dealing with this challenge. If not addressed with evidence-based intervention, postpartum depression can persist beyond the first year after childbirth.
At Unpolished Parenthood, we offer a secure and non-judgmental environment, creating a space where you can openly discuss the difficulties you are currently facing.
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer has specialized training in perinatal mental health support in Arkansas. She holds certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C), enabling her to address the unique and deeply personal aspects of parents’ struggles with postpartum depression.
Our online perinatal mental health counseling in Arkansas is crafted to support you through this complicated journey, providing the expertise and understanding you need to navigate the crucial phase of parenthood.
Anxiety during Pregnancy & Postpartum
Perinatal anxiety is a significant concern for many new parents during pregnancy and postpartum, encompassing a range of symptoms from persistent worries about the baby’s well-being to distressing panic attacks. We recognize that perinatal anxiety is a diverse experience, manifesting uniquely for each individual.
At Unpolished Parenthood, we take a holistic approach to addressing perinatal anxiety, creating a safe and empathetic space where individuals can openly discuss their concerns and emotions. Our team acknowledges the deeply personal nature of these feelings and provides individualized support tailored to your specific circumstances.
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer’s expertise in perinatal anxiety forms the foundation of our practice. With specialized training in perinatal mental health, Dr. Kolomeyer assists individuals in navigating anxiety challenges, offering research-supported strategies and compassionate guidance.
We are pleased to offer our services, including online perinatal mental health counseling in Arkansas, ensuring accessibility and convenience for those who need it. If you’re facing perinatal anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum, we are here to provide expert support and guidance, helping you regain well-being and discover the wondrous joy in parenthood.
Unpolished Parenthood is here to support you on the incredible journey of parenthood. We offer specialized parenting support services designed just for you, addressing your unique needs throughout your parenting adventure, including the postpartum period and beyond.
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer, our expert in perinatal mental health and parent-child relationships, brings a compassionate and evidence-based approach to provide personalized support and strategies tailored to your situation. Her extensive training and experience ensure that you receive the care you deserve.
Our online postpartum depression therapy in Arkansas and beyond is available to individuals. We emphasize the importance of nurturing your mental health and fostering positive relationships with your babies, toddlers, and young children. Whether you’re facing perinatal anxiety, depression, or other mood-related challenges, Unpolished Parenthood is here to help. We aim to empower you to navigate parenthood with resilience, embracing the beautiful imperfections that make this journey unique.
We are an inclusive practice and warmly welcome all individuals and families. It is our privilege to be trusted and invited into your life.
Areas We Serve
Your Journey to Strength and Resilience
Unpolished Parenthood provides mental health during pregnancy and postpartum support in Arkansas, offering crucial support for mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We navigate challenges with you, promoting resilience and encouraging the acceptance of the imperfections that come with parenthood.
Our mission is to assist you in discovering moments of joy and connection while ensuring your well-being through the inevitable challenges. If you’re seeking dedicated online perinatal mental health counseling in Arkansas, reach out to Unpolished Parenthood. We aim to help you become stronger, joyful, and empowered.
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