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Giving yourself some love, while you’re taking care of everyone else.

Having a new baby is a magical time in many ways, but nothing quite prepares you for the adjustments and challenges a new little person can bring. More expectations are put on mums today than ever before, despite us having less support than women of previous generations. There is such pressure to somehow be an ‘Insta-perfect’ Mum despite having to deal with some mega adjustments to your life, career, relationship and identity, as well as the sleep deprivation, recovery from a possibly difficult birth, AND looking after a new baby... Sometimes it can all seem like just too much. We often feel guilty for making time for ourselves. But it is so important to be kind to ourselves and recharge our own batteries, so that we can have the energy to keep up that 24/7 job of motherhood which is so all-consuming. We cannot simply run on empty all the time. Everyone is unique, and different relaxation tools work for different people. I will help you find your own personal way of relaxing and recharging, so that you can begin to fully enjoy those ‘precious moments’ that everyone talks about! Please email me for any further info, or if you would like to book a session.

 
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Tools and techniques

to help you survive family life and whatever it throws at you (including the usual Lego and regurgitated porridge)...

 
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TRE© (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise)

A gentle relaxation technique which allows you to shake out your stress. It uses the body’s natural recovery mechanism to settle the nervous system, by completing the fight/flight response. During one-to-one sessions I will help you to follow your own body to find the movements which will help you self regulate, self-soothe and heal.
Cost of first session is £60. Follow up sessions are £50 (for an hour).
For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Also known as ‘tapping’, EFT is a talking therapy which significantly reduces anxiety symptoms by tapping gently on acupuncture points. 
For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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Shelf Care ©

A self care technique using objects, drawing, journaling and visualisation - to promote everyday calm, identify your own vital resources and to prepare for emotional first aid. 

For more info or to book a session, email catcberry@gmail.com

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3 Step Rewind for Traumatic Birth Recovery

A gentle relaxing technique using visualization which helps to reduce symptoms of trauma after a difficult birth. For more info or to book a session, please email: catcberry@gmail.com

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Managing symptoms of anxiety and depression with kids around

Coming soon.

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Recovering from a difficult birth 

Sometimes childbirth can be not quite what you expected it to be, for whatever reason. Sometimes it can be traumatic. 

Despite feeling grateful and happy that you have a healthy baby, you may still be processing emotions from the birth itself. 


During the birth you may have experienced:


- Fear for your baby’s life, or your own. 
- An injury to you or your baby. 
- A feeling of loss of control during the birth.
- Having to go through an emergency procedure such as caesarean or forcep delivery, or simply the birth not going to plan. 
- Flashbacks to memories of incidents in your past when you had been sexually assaulted or raped.
- Medical staff who did not respect your wishes or your body. This could have been verbal comments, or physically by carrying out invasive examinations or procedures without your full informed consent. 
- Sudden unexpected changes to your birth plan by medical staff, ‘due to Covid’.
- A premature baby, and/or a time after the birth when your baby was in NICU.



You now may be experiencing:


- Recurring thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares from the birth. 
- Anxiety, hyper vigilance, or constantly feeling on ‘high alert’. 
- Not wanting other people to touch your baby, and/or having to check on your baby constantly.
- Feeling that you need to avoid people, places or conversations which remind you of the birth. 
- Feeling dissociated, or somehow ‘disconnected’ from your body.
- Feelings of numbness, shame, guilt, confusion, anger, exhaustion, low mood, or just not feeling like yourself.
- Difficulties bonding with your baby. 
- Struggling to breastfeed your baby.


If you are experiencing any of these feelings, please get in touch and I can help. (Or if there is anything I cannot help with, I will be able to advise you on who best to speak to).

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Useful links and resources

Coming soon

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sun: Closed

 

Get in Touch

To find out more or to book a session, please drop me an email:

Mother and a Child
 
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Cat Berry

Founder of Mummy Love 

Cat Berry has been facilitating peer support groups for mums and mums-to-be for Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support Edinburgh since 2016. Having lived experience of recovering from PTSD from a traumatic birth and injury, her particular focus is helping mums to cope with their day to day mental health symptoms and supporting their recovery by teaching various self care tools. Cat is a fully certified TRE practitioner (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) and is working towards certification as an EFT therapist (Emotional Freedom Technique). She is the mother of two beautiful children.

 

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