Pregnancy Therapy

At Leo’s we have a highly experienced team of therapists who now form part of the Pregnancy Service.

Within our Pregnancy Therapy work we offer the following types of therapy:

Talking Therapy

Talking therapy at Leo’s is always focussed on you and what you want to achieve with your well-being. Each session you will work with your dedicated therapist to safely talk about your feelings, thoughts and emotions and process all that you are going through.

All of our therapists have a wealth of experience, not only working with our families, but working in a vast variety of different needs, they apply all of their skills to help you reach your goals.

Flash Technique Therapy

We understand that your pregnancy may have triggers in, or the place you are receiving care may be triggering for you, whatever your trigger, it is important that we support you with that.

Traditionally within Leo’s, we provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which helps us treat PTSD responses and trauma.

We do not offer EMDR in pregnancy as this can be a very difficult therapy to undergo, and your mental well-being, and the well-being of your baby in utero is our priority.

The Flash Technique therapy is a type of EMDR to help support our families in pregnancy with PSTD type responses, and those who have experienced trauma in a previous pregnancy (e.g. unresolved neonatal trauma, unresolved birth trauma).

This therapy is minimially invasive and means you do not have to engage or go over your trauma memory, instead it allows you to process your trauma without distress.

To read more about The Flash Technique, you can follow this link The Flash Technique – Making intense trauma memories more accessible for EMDR Processing

Creative Therapies

Talking isn’t for everyone, and sometimes you need to talk, but you struggle wanting to open up, or you find expressing how you feel through art the best way for you to process your feelings.

Our therapists can use dedicated creative outlets for you to express your inner thoughts and feelings (you do not need to be an artist or good at drawing to get the benefits from this therapy.)

These sessions can be done 1:1 with your therapist, or within a group setting of parents in a similar experience to you – the choice is yours.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a type of therapy which addresses negative thoughts and feelings and breaks them down.

Your therapist will work with you on the these thoughts and support you with coping strategies to help you feel better and able to manage situations which you may struggle with.

How does thereapy work at Leo’s?

When you refer in to Leo’s you will initially have a family assessment which is done by our peer mentor team, if you require counselling support our team will refer you to our Psychological Services Lead, Jacy.

Jacy will run through a counselling assessment with you (this normally takes one hour) and you will be allocated the best therapist in our team and the best type of therapy from this assessment.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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