Mamatoto: Swahili for "motherbaby" reflecting the concept that mother and baby are not two separate people, but an interconnected dyad. What is good for one is good for the other.
"A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors"
My name is Amy Kelly. After working with families as a midwife for over a decade and, more recently, completing my Master's in counseling psychology, I am pleased to offer counselling services in the Comox Valley.
My focus includes reproductive mental health, early attachment, infant mental health and childhood mental health.
The capacity to facilitate meaningful connections for women and their children was not only pivotal to my work as a midwife, but in studying psychology. The long term effects of healthy attachment for children to a parent who is also well nurtured and supported is paramount to long term health for both. The implications of supporting this connection can be seen in the capacity for these children to form meaningful relationships later in life, for their own mental health. Essentially the help and support we give our families becomes the mental health and parenting legacy we leave those children with.
My goal is to ensure parents get the support they need from the beginning. Processing our own trauma, mental health issues, birth trauma, and helping ourselves enables us to be better parents. However, challenging times occur throughout the life of a family, not just at the threshold of parenthood.
My counselling services will also be tailored to help parents and children cope with other life challenges including : coping with challenging behaviour, recent or suspected diagnosis of special needs, loss, childhood trauma, divorce, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
"I have experienced what I can only describe as overwhelming success in my marriage, parenting, personal and professional life since working alongside Amy. She has given me not only a warm and understanding ear, but many tools for managing my mental health and wellness. I have not felt this free of anxiety or this genuinely contented and happy in my life ever. I feel like a new person and I am so joyful to finally experience my life in the moment"." Anonymous Mama
" I highly recommend the Mamacare support groups...to any moms out there seeking a safe place to express all of the overwhelming joys and pains of day to day mothering. I have attended both the regular Mamacare and a Step-mamacare and both are amazing. The small groups are held in an inviting, comfortable and calm setting. Group sessions are gently guided by Amy's compassionate style of counselling, creating an environment of trust and non-judgement, allowing for vulnerability and growth. And, to top it all off the group sessions wrap up with the most blissful combination yoga/thai massge facilitated by In-yoga. The combination of group therapy, relaxing yoga and gentle thai massage is the utmost perfect combination for healing, relaxation,and rejuvination. Mama, you deserve this. " mama
"Mamacare group is great for sharing experiences with other moms and Amy is full of resources." mama
Mamatoto Counselling will help build a stronger community through supporting families: one mama-baby connection at a time.