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Maria Carella, M.Ed., LPC has been an educator and counselor specializing in Pregnancy, Parenting and Infertility since 1983. She conducts Individual and Group Counseling Sessions, Workshops, and Classes.
These include:
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Counseling For New Moms
  • Counseling For Fertility
  • Body Centered Hypnosis for Fertility
  • Sandplay For Fertility
  • Counseling For Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Sandplay For Pregnancy
  • Counseling For Miscarriage and Infant Loss
  • Healing Circles
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Counseling For Pregnancy
Consists of a supportive environment to explore the challenges and concerns, physical or emotional that pregnancy brings up. We will explore your beliefs concerning motherhood, birth, and family to create conscious intentions for this major life event.

We will also work with generational patterns that need to be healed. You will learn stress management techniques such as relaxation, calm breathing, imagery and mindfulness to help you maintain emotional well being.

Counseling For Pregnancy And Parenting may include:

  • Addressing a woman's individual issues concerning motherhood and birth.
  • Teaching skills to manage the pain of labor.
  • Allowing a woman to work through negative feelings associated with motherhood and childbirth.
  • Generating resources from within to deal with pregnancy, labor and delivery.
  • Creating a special opportunity for bonding with the baby in utero.
Counseling For Pregnancy may be of special interest to women who:
  • Are enjoying a normal pregnancy who wish to deepen their connection to the birth experience.
  • Are experiencing fears and anxieties relating to pregnancy, the birth process or the transition to motherhood.
  • Are feeling ambivalence about pregnancy, birth or motherhood.
  • Have a history of pregnancy loss or a difficult birth experience.
  • Have a history of preterm labor, premature birth, breech presentation or high blood pressure.
  • Have or have had a conflict with a partner.
  • Have a history of sexual or physical abuse, phobias, and/or panic.
  • Are working toward a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).
  • Have had previous infertility.
  • Have had postpartum depression and adjustment issues.

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Body Centered Hypnosis For Pregnancy and Childbirth
Based on twenty years of medical research and addresses the emotional factors that are connected to the transition of motherhood, labor and birth. It uses visualization/relaxation techniques that help resolve the anxieties and concerns women have as a result of this major life change.

What does Body Centered Hypnosis For Childbirth Involve?
The first session includes a prenatal assessment where we will discuss your plans for the birth, any concerns or fears you may have, and special issues that might affect your pregnancy and birth experience. We will also identify your inner resources and strengths for birthing and parenting. Maria will create an individual guided hypnosis from this assessment. The next session she will guide you through it as she records it on a CD. You can listen to the CD daily to reinforce the suggestions that will help create a safe and meaningful pregnancy and birth.

Body Centered Hypnosis For Childbirth may be of special interest to women with:

  • Ambivalence about pregnancy, birth or motherhood
  • Previous pregnancy or birth loss
  • History of preterm labor, premature birth, breech presentation or high blood pressure
  • Conflict with partner
  • History of sexual abuse, phobias, panic
  • Previous infertility
  • Postpartum depression
  • Desire for a VBAC
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COUNSELING FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND ADJUSTMENT The transition to motherhood continues as you begin to find the balance of taking care of your baby, yourself and your relationship with your partner.

The fourth trimester of the childbearing year is a special time for a family. Support and nurturing are essential to physically recover from birth and to learn how to take care of your baby.

If you are anxious or sad and don't feel connected to your baby ask for help.

Counseling can address relationship issues with your spouse, dispel myths about motherhood, and teach you skills to deal with the stress of being a new mom. It can provide a safe place to talk about your feelings, work through your fears and gain confidence in your new role as a mother.

Counseling For Fertility
A supportive environment for you and your partner to work through the sadness, anger and grief of infertility. We will explore belief systems and life style choices that might be creating obstacles for optimal fertility and find creative strategies for health and healing. You will learn stress management techniques such as relaxation, calm breathing, imagery, and mindfulness to help manage your feelings and give you a sense of control. Couple's counseling is also a necessary component so you can understand each other's coping strategies and learn to support each other through this difficult time.

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Body Centered Hypnosis For Fertility
Based on 20 years of medical research, it addresses the emotional issues that occur as a result of infertility. It consists of an individual scripted visualization/relaxation that will help resolve the anxieties and concerns women have as a result of infertility, loss, and change. As part of this session, Maria Carella will produce you a individualized audio CD based on your personal needs.

What does Body Centered Hypnosis For Fertility Involve?
The first session consists of an exploration of the beliefs that influence your experience of infertility. An individual script will be created which the client will be guided through during the second session. This session will be recorded on a CD for the client to take home and listen to daily to reinforce the suggestions that produce healing. Body Centered Hypnosis For Fertility can help women cope with IVF and other ART procedures and can aid women with:

  • Previous pregnancy or birth loss
  • History of miscarriage
  • Conflict with partner
  • History of sexual or physical abuse, phobias, panic
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Preconception Counseling
The current research in neurobiology reports that the prenatal brain begins developing in utero. Preparing for your baby's optimal health and development can begin before conception .

Preconception Counseling helps assess your physical, psychological and spiritual health. In addition to diet, exercise, and stress management techniques, we will explore thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and family patterns while identifying your strengths, resources and challenge areas.

You will be guided to create your own wellness plan from which you can generate goals and intentions for pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

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Counseling For Miscarriage and Infant Loss
A supportive environment for you and your partner to work through the sadness, anger and grief of miscarriage and infant loss. We will explore and find creative strategies for health and healing that will work for your body and mind. You will learn stress management techniques such as relaxation, calm breathing, imagery, and mindfulness help manage your feelings and give you peace of mind. Couple's counseling is helpful to understand each other's coping strategies and learn to support each other through this difficult time.

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Healing Circles
Healing Circles are formed for those who need to grieve a particular loss.

A Healing Circle can be of benefit to those who have had traumatic births, miscarriages, or infant loss.

The healing comes about from everyone in the circle telling their story and being witnessed in their grief and acknowledged for their ability to survive and grow from their loss. The circle begins with a prayer or common intention and ends in gratitude and appreciation for the wisdom gained from the sharing and support of the group.

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Sandplay For Fertility
Sandplay is an expressive therapy technique where miniature images, sand and water are the tools of expression for the creative Self.

Sandplay is an opportunity to experience your sensations, feelings, thoughts, and beliefs and make them more conscious. This play allows you to get in touch with your own inner wisdom and healing.

Sandplay can help you understand and change negative beliefs about infertility, pregnancy and motherhood. By making "worlds" in the sand you are allowing your unconscious, creative part to help you discover your strengths and resources, and give you images that will empower and believe in yourself.

Sandplay may be part of a psychotherapeutic or a transformational process, a way of solving a difficult problem, a marking of a rite of passage, or an opportunity to bond with yourself and your partner.

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Sandplay For Pregnancy
Sandplay is an expressive therapy technique where miniature images, sand and water are the tools of expression for the creative Self.

Sandplay is an opportunity to experience your sensations, feelings, thoughts, and beliefs and make them more conscious. This play allows you to get in touch with your own inner wisdom and healing.

Sandplay can help you understand and heal any fears about pregnancy and motherhood as well as help you discover your strengths and resources. By making worlds in the sand you are allowing your unconscious, creative part to "birth" images that will empower you in your birthing and in your life.

Sandplay may be part of a psychotherapeutic or a transformational process, a way of solving a difficult problem, a marking of a rite of passage, or an opportunity to bond with yourself, your partner and your baby.

Click Here To Schedule A Private Session