NICU SUPPORT GROUP

SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRADUATE NICU FAMILIES

Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can be an extremely isolating experience. This 5-week, closed therapy group will connect you with others with similar lived experiences. You will learn about common experiences during and after a NICU stay, including Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Grief and develop strategies and tools for coping.

 

The group is facilitated by Christine, a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional and RSSW, currently working as a therapist in private practice with a focus on people in the perinatal period experiencing mental health issues and Kelley, a Registered Nurse & Psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience working in the NICU, as well as education in Infant & Early Child Mental Health & Perinatal Mental Health.  

The objectives of this group are:

  • Normalize NICU experiences

  • Understand what happened in the NICU

  • Learn to trust yourself and your parenting abilities

  • Recognize the signs & symptoms of a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder

  • Develop tools to manage fear, anxiety, and depression

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of trauma and grief and develop coping strategies

  • Receive peer support from other families who have had similar lived experience

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Baby must have been discharged from the NICU a minimum of 3 months ago

  • This group is not suitable for bereaved parents (*case by case basis in incidence of a surviving multiple)

  • This group is open to Ontario Residents as per College regulations.

Details:

  • Mondays at 10am for 1.5hrs

  • 5 weeks (starts October 24th, 2022)

  • Thanks to the very generous funding from The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation there is no cost to families who have had a baby in the NICU

Register now for our group that starts October 24th!

Individual

We also offer support for individuals in the perinatal period.

Kelley Hassanpour, RN Psychotherapist provides support around perinatal anxiety and depression. As well as those who have had an infant in the NICU and/or birth trauma. 

Kelley has been trained though Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings. 

Please contact us for free 15 minute consultation to see if we can help support you. 

The cost of a session is $110 for 50 minutes through either a virtual platform or a walk and talk program. 

Sliding scale is available.

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What is a RN Psychotherapist?

As per the Regulated Health Care Professionals Acct (RHPA), certain regulated professions (nursing being one of them) are allowed to practice psychotherapy with clients. As a Registered Nurse (RN) who is registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), I must identify to clients that I am a RN Psychotherapist when practicing psychotherapy.

Unfortunately, many extended health care benefits covered under the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association have very outdated policies and manuals. Because of this, most plans will not cover services provided by a RN Psychotherapist. There are many people working to advocate for a change to this policy.

At Parenting From Within, Kelley (RN, Psychotherapist) uses psychotherapy in many of our services - our Build Your Village Groups, Group Therapy for Parents of Infants who were in the NICU and a small number of individual psychotherapy clients.

If you have any questions about RN Psychotherapists, please feel free to reach out!