Waterdown Maternal Mental Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are your typical clients?

Clients may be expectant mothers or fathers, new mothers or fathers, parents of multiples, or loved ones affected by a parent who may be experiencing a perinatal mood disorder. Some clients may also be individuals of reproductive age who are having challenges with fertility.

How long does each therapy session take?

Sessions are typically one hour in length for individuals. Couple/family sessions are typically 90 minutes and are billed accordingly.

What kind of therapy do you do?

Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Prolonged Exposure and Reiki.

Are your services covered by insurance?

Some private health insurance plans may cover psychotherapy, however we encourage you to speak directly to your insurance provider to determine whether psychotherapy registration is required for coverage. If required, service will likely not be covered since Louise is a certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional and Registered Nurse by background. 

How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions depends on multiple factors such as: Current mental health status, severity of symptoms, presenting condition(s), recommended treatment plan, and level of support based on the individual's needs. On average, between 6-8 sessions are recommended to achieve optimal positive outcomes.

How frequently do sessions take place?

Sessions are typically booked weekly to closely monitor the client's symptoms of distress and maintain continuity of care in an intensive, supportive manner. Sessions may gradually decrease in frequency depending on improvement of clients' symptoms and response to treatment.

Can I have my partner or a loved one participate in a session?

With informed client consent, a partner or loved one can participate in a therapy session too. Please note family sessions are typically 90 minutes in length and will be billed accordingly. 

What if I am afraid of sharing my disturbing thoughts to my therapist?

It is common for individuals experiencing a perinatal mood disorder to encounter disturbing or scary thoughts. Louise provides a confidential, safe environment for her clients so that any thought, no matter how intrusive or disturbing it may seem, can be openly discussed in a non-judgmental setting. 

How do I know if myself or a loved one has baby blues or postpartum depression?

As a certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional, Louise utilizes best practice evidence-based screening questionnaires to assess for any risk factors associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Louise collaborates closely with clients' primary care providers (i.e. family physician, midwife, OB-GYN) for further follow up and clinical assessment as appropriate. Louise also empowers her clients by providing psychoeducation and effective tools for long-term support throughout their perinatal journey.