Maternal Mental Health
When introducing a new baby to the home, the whole family environment changes. Mothers, their partners, and other children 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.”
Identifying and treating mental distress during this period is paramount to a healthy home environment for all members of the family. Furthermore, the loss of a pregnancy or child during the perinatal period can be owerwhelming and traumatic to the mother and family. Dr. Labat focuses on processing grief and developing coping if such a loss occurs.
Dr. Labat is currently obtaining Specialization Certification through the Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net).
Dr. Labat works extensively with adults and adolescents in recovery from eating disorders. Her 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. She also incorporates therapeutic techniques to increase mindfulness, self-esteem, and the expression of feelings – all of which support the recovery process.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a difficult path to navigate at times. During this period, parents may struggle to understand their child’s changing emotional world. The adolescent may also wrestle with the highs and lows of his or her emotional experience. Dr. Labat’s approach with this group is to identify strengths and develop effective coping strategies that will last a lifetime.
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. Dr. Labat’s role is help parents not only feel supported, but to also develop tools to assist in navigating the complexities of parenting in today’s world.