psychologist | speaker | therapist | new orleans-based | louisiana & texas licensed
Women's Mental Health across the Lifespan
Let's face it...It's HARD being a woman! We are faced with a myriad of challenges to be independent, yet vulnerable; hard-working, yet devoted to the family; pillars of the community, while highlighting self-care! It's A.LOT.
However, as women, we also can create spaces to explore our minds and develop an immense capacity to move through all of our different spaces. In therapy, we can also get in touch with what it means to have many demands, while seeking healing, hope and health - both emotional and physical.
Another area of Women's Mental Health is Perinatal Mental Health.
So, what is Perinatal Mental Health? It defines the health of those women who are planning to, attempting to conceive, pregnant, and/or post-pregnant - Women's health across the entire spectrum of family development.
Identifying and treating emotional distress during this period is paramount to a healthy home environment for all members of the family. Infertility or difficulties with conceiving often add strain to the family relationship - either between partners or in other interpersonal relationships. Getting support to understand the losses, expectations, and emotional pains forges a bridge towards health within the woman and outside - with other relationships.
Furthermore, the loss of a pregnancy or child during the perinatal period can be owerwhelming and traumatic to the mother and family. I focus on processing grief and developing coping if such a loss occurs. In order to enhance the experience of connection and support, I received specialized training through Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net).
In the post-pregnancy period, the introduction of a new baby to the home changes the whole family environment. Mothers, their partners, and other children who may in the home experience this new addition in different ways. Dr. Labat is skilled in helping families during this adjustment period. She also works with families when the “baby blues” are more than just the “baby blues.”
Couples & Marriage
Who says being in a relationship is easy! Maintaining independence while joining in partnership can be daunting, at times. My role as facilitator and supporter allows couples safety in exploring the highs and lows that emerge in relationships. I also utilize my experience in helping couples heal from infidelity and emotional abuse, while creating new norms for their relationship.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a difficult path to walk at times. During this period, parents may struggle to understand their child or teenager’s changing emotional world. The individual on this journey may also wrestle with the highs and lows of his or her emotional experience. My approach with this age group is to identify strengths and develop effective coping strategies that will last a lifetime for both the adolescent and his/her/their family.
Parents also experience conflicts with their children which can cause confusion. Parents may ask, “What am I doing wrong?” and “Why don’t my child and I get along?” Even though these questions are common, parents may feel that they are always supposed to have the right answers at the right time. These questions are not always easily answered. My job in this capacity is to help parents not only feel supported, but to also develop tools to assist in navigating the complexities of parenting in today’s world.
I works extensively with adults and adolescents in recovery from eating disorders. My expert skill-set developed while providing individual, group, and family therapies at the inpatient, partial, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care at the Center of Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children Medical Center of Dallas. I also incorporate therapeutic techniques to increase mindfulness, self-esteem, and the expression of feelings – all of which support the recovery process.
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