Many births create an element of trauma – even healthy, ‘complication-free’ briths can have a massive impact on the birth parent, or any support persons who are present. We often do not talk about our story, or provided an edited down version of it to others. There may be gaps in your story that you don’t remember, or refuse to talk about. Often times, birth parents will relay that when they do talk about things, remarks such as “Well everyone does it, you are fine now, everything is good, or … oh that’s normal!” It can be hard to feel validated and to not feel judged for struggling with our story, and it can lead to some symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a skill-based therapy that focuses on helping individuals make desired changes to emotional, behavioural, interpersonal, and thinking patterns that may be causing problems in everyday life. It can be helpful for changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour and difficult regulation emotions. “Emotion dysregulation has been linked to a variety of mental health problem stemming from patterns of instability in emotion regulation, impulse control, interpersonal relationships, and self-image” (Linehan, 2015). This group will provide you with concrete tools and the support needed to start making desired changes in your life.