mental health

Dear Momma, Your Priorities are Skewed!

Dear Momma,
Your priorities are skewed!

Now, honestly, I mean that in the nicest way. Because if you’ve met me before you know that saying something direct and possibly hurtful is not my style.  But I feel like if I don’t tell you, then I can’t continue to sit back and watch you be miserable and continue to let you commiserate.  Because momma, you are so focused on what isn’t right that you aren’t noticing the positive.

Navigating the Tricky and Often Triggering World of Social Media as a Mom

Catherine O'Brien, LMFT has once again been featured in an article on PsychCentral.com, this time discussing specifically how social media influences self-confidence, mental health, and choice as mothers.  Do you use Facebook or other social media platforms as a little break, some socialization or support?  Notice how you feel whenever you do log on to social media and whether it is actually serving you.  

Guest Blog: Running on Empty

I don’t know about you, but I have yet to meet a momma that is not a working momma. It doesn’t matter if you’re working in the home or out, the unending balancing act is universal. And quite honestly, as a momma of twins and business owner, I cringe each time I hear the word balance. It’s almost like “balance” starts to feel like an expectation or a “should”. Some way we should be having it all, managing it all or making it all work. I think that attempts at achieving “balance” is a driving force behind mommas running on empty. 

Guest Blog: What You Should Know About Pregnancy Loss

When a woman loses a pregnancy, her baby, life changes forever in ways most will thankfully never understand. She’s joined a club that no one wants to be in and she finds herself walking a solitary path into the future.

As a society, we don’t talk much about perinatal loss, and thus most of us are uneducated or undereducated about it’s dramatic and often traumatic impact. Because talking about it makes people uncomfortable, when it happens, women are often left to suffer in silence, awaiting the unknown.

Guest Blog Post: Transformation

My pregnancy went well and I was excited to meet my baby girl. I made a birth vision board, set up my birth plan, had my awesome doula and very supportive husband. The labor and delivery took a loooong time. But, she came out! I was so happy to meet her! My baby girl that I’d spent all of those months talking to and preparing for...now out in the world with me.

Video Interview: Dr. Christina Hibbert, Best-Selling Author & Clinical Psychologist

Today, I'm so excited to bring to you a special interview I did with Dr. Christina Hibbert, Clinical Psychologist and best-selling author of This Is How We GrowWho Am I Without You, and 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise.  I loved her book, This Is How We Grow.  And our conversation didn't disappoint.  Check it out.   

Catherine O'Brien Promotes Maternal Mental Health Awareness on Fox News

May is maternal mental health awareness month and Wednesday May 4th is World Maternal Mental Health Day.  As many as 1 in 5 women will experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD) during pregnancy and up to 1 year postpartum.

After having a baby, moms and their partners need to have support.  I had the opportunity to speak on the local television station here in Sacramento, California Fox40 News about the importance of  self-care for every mom.