Motherhood can be overwhelming and stressful in ways we never imagined. This group is intended to provide peer and therapeutic support to women who have experienced discomfort, bewilderment, isolation, depression, anxiety or other difficulties during the transition to parenting or following a traumatic birth experience.
Moms and babies will gather for six weeks to intimately share experiences and support one another in order to regain a stronger sense of well-being and healing in a safe place.
Objectives of the group include:
· Understand the emotional changes that can occur during life with a baby.
· Reflect on the highs, lows and incredible challenges associated with parenting. We will use realism, humor and strength, along with many resources and guidance to deeply cover poignant topics that arise for women postpartum.
· Learn skills to enhance coping, reduce stress and improve a sense of well-being.
· Connect with other moms with similar struggles.
** Mothers are encouraged to bring their baby
Fee: $150. Sliding scale available based on need.
Leader: Christen Scozzafave, LCSW, Christen Scozzafave is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice specializing in pregnancy & postpartum adjustment, maternal mental health, pregnancy & infant loss and parenting transitions. She takes pride in warmly attending to the emotional needs of parents and families as they navigate both the stress of welcomed life changes and difficulties that sometimes arise. She believes that through every one of life’s challenges, there is growth, healing and peace possible.
In addition to her private practice, Ms. Scozzafave also serves as a Perinatal Family Support Specialist at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is a member of the National Association for Perinatal Social Workers and serves on the board for Beyond the Baby Blues. Prior to transitioning her career to clinical social work in 2011, she was a senior manager at a management consulting firm for 11 years. She has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago and Bachelors of Science in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Phone: (773) 916-6863