Treatment concept

Psyche and Pregnancy offers ’general basic psychological healthcare’ (GB GGZ; formerly known as ‘primary psychological healthcare’) to pregnant women and new mothers with psychological symptoms, and women experiencing mental health problems during a fertility process.

The assistance is offered by healthcare psychologists working independently and based at their own practice. This website provides information concerning the combined specialisations of these healthcare psychologists.

You can visit us quickly; immediately after the delivery if necessary. This can prevent symptoms from becoming worse. Would you like to register? Fill in the form here >>

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Psyche and Pregnancy focuses primarily on clients with mild to moderately severe psychological problems. Women who visit a Psyche and Pregnancy psychologist have problems questions the following areas, for example:

  • Sadness and depression
  • Anxiety (e.g. Related to childbirth or motherhood)
  • Traumatic childbirth or past trauma(s)
  • Dealing with loss and mourning
  • Issues related to fertility
  • Issues related to the 20-week ultrasound
  • Dilemma concerning abortion
  • Work-related issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Adjustment issues

Milder complaints also deserve attention because a brief treatment can prevent them from developing into problems in the future.

Practical examples:

A 32 -year-old woman registered on the advice of the midwife when she was 16 weeks pregnant with her second child. Unlike her first delivery she was very anxious about the birth. Her first birth was a traumatic experience and it took some time before she became pregnant again. She had nightmares and could not talk about the birth without becoming emotional . After EMDR treatment she looked forward to the birth with excitement and without fear. And she was capable of making a good birth plan with her midwife without bursting into tears.

A 30 year-old woman was referred by the midwife two weeks after the birth. She was suffering from the idea that she could drop her child and did not dare to be left alone at home with her daughter. There was no history of psychiatric problems and no restrictions in her ability to function. After having been treated for her obsessive thinking, in her second appointment she reports that she no longer suffers from the fear that she might drop her child. And the case is closed.

A 34 -year-old woman had depression and an unfulfilled desire to have children. Together with the client the therapist explored the extent to which the womans unfulfilled desire to have children was the reason for the onset and persistence of her depression. Both her medical history and fertility trajectory were fully explored. The womans partner was also invited for an appointment to examine his position in the process and they were dealing with the issues together.

In addition to the guidelines that are followed for the treatment of depression, special attention is paid to client’s general situation.

Psyche and Pregnancy and does not focus on psychiatric problems such as (puerperal) psychosis, schizophrenia or serious addiction or personality issues.

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