Welcome to New Parents Support
Helping you be the parent you want to be
Kathryn Di Virgilio is an empathetic, experienced therapist and offers support through the emotional challenges of preparing for parenthood and becoming a parent.
By reaching out for help you can get the guidance you need to:
Develop confidence in your parenting choices
Connect and find meaning in daily life
Learn how to respond differently to difficult thoughts and feelings
Whether you are dealing with the challenges of fertility, pregnancy, traumatic birth, baby loss or parenthood you don't have to struggle alone.
Finding a new approach to deal with the challenges of life can lead you to feel more connected with yourself, your family and your sense of purpose. Even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Please get in contact to arrange a free initial consultation to explore your needs and the help that is available.
"Being listened to and feeling heard. These two things are powerful medicine"
It’s so hard to capture the enormity of planning to be and becoming a parent. Quite often words are not enough to explain the experience and the intensity of the emotions that are felt. We enter a world of completely new experiences and yet somehow have expectations of ourselves that we should be confident and all-knowing. There is also the idea that we should be happy all the time and immersing ourselves in love.
Whilst there are beautiful moments of parenthood there are also incredibly tough and difficult moments. Somehow these are less acceptable to open up to and talk about but they are very real.
Many parents have had difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences on their path to parenthood and need a space to reflect and come to terms with these experiences.
I am dedicated to improving the well-being of parents by helping them deal with these challenges. I believe in supporting parents to find the confidence to follow their own path and raise their children in the way that they choose.
I have set up this service to provide a place for parents and parents-to-be to feel supported and understood. The purpose of this service is to help parents build skills so that they are more able to deal with the challenging times; to help them to identify the kind of family life they want to live; and to be able to move forward in a way where they can live rich and meaningful lives.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'"
Mary Anne Radmacher
ONE TO ONE SESSIONS
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
Please get in contact so that we can have an initial discussion about your needs and how this service can support you.
We can discuss the challenges you are facing and review the therapy on offer to identify how it could be of use to you.
The sessions can be arranged to be completely flexible. We can meet in person (depending on location) or meet remotely via video call.
If childcare is difficult then we can also make arrangements to accommodate for that.
Sessions cost £70 and are one hour in duration.
I understand that making that initial contact can be daunting. Upon reaching out you will be met with understanding, support and a helping hand to take the first steps towards change.
This service is founded on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
ACT is an evidence-based form of cognitive behaviour therapy that has proven results in helping participants to build full, rich and meaningful lives.
It is an active, practical and flexible therapy that focuses on skill building and empowering.
The guiding principles of ACT are that difficult thoughts, emotions and experiences are a part of life and that struggling with them and trying to push them away actually makes life harder.
The aim of ACT is to develop skills that help you to manage these emotions and thoughts so they have less impact on your life.
The sessions are flexible, completely based around your needs and what you would like to change.
We will work to identify what is important to you in your life and how you want to work towards enriching your life experiences.
If you would like to meet face to face then our comfortable, welcoming therapy room is located in Ruislip, Middlesex. Accessible via London Underground from the Central, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines, it is well linked to public transport with a bus stop within a 3 minute walk. If travelling by car there is also free parking at the premises.
A changing station, baby bouncer, play mat and toys are also provided if you need to bring your baby or child with you.
Please get in contact for help with exact location and directions.
ABOUT KATHRYN DI VIRGILIO
New Parents Support has been founded and created by Kathryn Di Virgilio.
Kathryn is a registered occupational therapist who specialises in perinatal mental health. She has worked in the private sector and the NHS and has over 10 years experience working in clinical mental health settings in both the UK and Australia.
Kathryn has completed advanced training in ACT and has experience in all aspects of perinatal mental health. She is registered with the regulatory body the health care professionals council, is fully insured and DBS checked.
GET IN TOUCH
Tel: 07432 426705