Keeley Craw/Mothership Counselling Services
Hi, my name is Keeley Craw. Welcome to Mothership Counselling Services. I've been a therapist for 13 years and I'm a mum of two very young children so the trials, paradoxes, and joys of pregnancy and motherhood are still fresh in my mind.
Are you worried that you won't be a good enough mum? Concerned about how you will cope with another child? Is pregnancy or motherhood making you feel anxious and/or depressed, creating intrusive thoughts? Do you feel that you are failing as a mum? Do you feel disconnected from your baby? Do you feel that you have lost more than you have gained?
It is meant to be one of the most joyful times of a woman's life but many women find being pregnant or being a mum can throw them into a mix of depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts or rage; even when they have no history of mental illness.
The expectation of motherhood as one of the happiest times of your life may be making you feel ashamed to let anyone know how you really feel.
Becoming a parent can often bring up difficult thoughts and feelings about your own experience of being parented. You may be wondering how you can parent your child differently, or live up to the differing and/or high expectations of others or yourself? Maybe you have been struggling with these feelings for years.
Current lockdown conditions may be adding to your anxieties around birth and becoming a mum. You may feel isolated and struggling to cope without the support networks you thought would be there to help you.
Mothership Counselling Services is here for women at all stages of motherhood. From those on the journey to becoming a mum through to those who have been a mum for a number of years.
Counselling can be an effective way of helping you become the woman and the mother you want to be by:
- Providing relief as you share your thoughts and feelings in a safe space
- Helping you to understand the root cause of your feelings
- Creating a vision of how you can move forward
- Bringing back a sense of clarity and control
- Improving your relationships, especially with your baby or child(ren)
As well as talking therapy I can also offer visualisation techniques to help you relax and feel in control. When we are able to meet face to face I can offer creative therapeutic work with sand or art materials if you feel that words are getting in the way. Currently all my sessions are online.
Training, qualifications & experience
Initially I trained as a Play Therapist. Play Therapy is mainly used with children but the playful and creative techniques can also be applied to therapeutic work with adults. For the last six years as well as holding a clinical role I have also been a manager and area manager for a charity that provides school based counselling services in schools.
My work has always involved lots of interaction and support for children’s families in all their different shapes and sizes. I have also worked as a clinical supervisor for six years, supporting therapists to think about their work and make sure they are practicing safely.
I would describe myself as an integrative counsellor. This means I draw from a number of theories in my work. For me Person Centred Counselling and Psychodynamic Therapy are my two main go tos. I have also trained in Family Therapy, Filial Therapy and Infant Mental Health.
I’m not here to tell you what to do, but to hold you as you explore your feelings, think about where they may stem from, and support you as you decide how you want to move forward.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Peri-natal mental health, Post-natal OCD, Post Natal Depression, Motherhood, Postpartum Rage, Intrusive thoughts, Pregnancy, Bonding, Attachment, Stress, Infant Mental Health, Womens' Mental Health
15 minutes free consultation before you decide if you want to start counselling with me.
£50 per session (Each session is 50 minutes).
We will review sessions at agreed points to see if further sessions are required.
Before we start counselling sessions we will have agreed on a contract, and you will be provided with my GDPR statement and safeguarding and complaints guidelines. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
We will aim to have our session times on the same day and time each week, normally once a week. We will look to agree to a certain number of sessions with a review date to see if further sessions are needed.
All sessions will then be online and will last for 50 minutes. Particularly at this time you might be at home with your baby(ies) and/or child(ren). I would recommend that child care arrangements are made so you can make the most of your time in sessions, and to allow yourself some undivided attention.