39 episodes

How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?

On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

Happy as a Mother Erica Djossa

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8, 32 Ratings

How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?

On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

    039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

    039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

    Have you found that Covid is triggering stress and anxiety from a previous traumatic experience? Has it been reminiscent of the early motherhood stages? For many Coivd has resurfaced stressful experience of health-related traumas or other significantly impactful life events. Learn more about why this is happening and ways to cope with these feelings in this week’s episode with marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez.

    • 1 hr
    038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in the mind. They usually cause distress, as the nature of the thought may be upsetting. Up to as many of 50% of pregnant and postpartum women experience these thoughts, but due to their nature, many are too ashamed to talk about them. Join Marriage and Family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas and I as we dive deep into these thoughts and how to help improve them.

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2VBFf1a

    • 58 min
    Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

    Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

    Surprise! It is a bonus episode! Welcome to day 6 of the mom guilt mini-series. Today we highlight the importance of practice and having realistic expectations. We unpack how this marks the beginning of a journey not the end of one! You have the skills and now it’s time to unlearn the things that hold you back! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WAQlED

    • 15 min
    Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

    Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

    Welcome to Day 5 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! Today we focus on how to reframe your shame beliefs and how to create a cheat sheet for hard days. You can learn to do things differently. You can unlearn behaviours and patterns adopted from your parents. You can unload the baggage that you don’t want to carry! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2zDaAse

    • 16 min
    Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

    Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

    Welcome to day 4, in today’s mini-episode we focus on shame manifests in the body and how to access your logical brain in the heat of the moment. You are not a helpless bystander of your emotions; you are the conductor and can learn to change the pace, tempo and feeling. Tune into today's episode to learn how. If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

    Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WZNNiy

    • 16 min
    Day 3: Calming the Shame Storm

    Day 3: Calming the Shame Storm

    Welcome to day 3 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! In today’s mini-episode we focus on how to identify what a shame storm looks like. If shame goes unchecked, what starts as a seed grows into deeply rooted self-loathing weed. Recognizing shame when it is trying to sink its teeth in is essential to uproot it! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU

    Show notes: https://bit.ly/2Ln2U03 

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Kiki Main ,

What I turn to on hard days

I have been listening to Erica since September after the birth of baby #2. Every single episode is so relatable to the ways I am feeling or the challenges I have been facing. On the hardest days with my littles, when my husband says go do something for you, I will get in my car and sit with a tea, drive to a quiet place in town and listen to what ever episode I feel I need that day. Thank you so much Erica and all of your guests for helping me through one some of the hardest days and hardest times, your all rockstars at what you do!!!

breannenyquist ,

Impressive

As a social worker who is a new mama, I truly appreciate this podcast for bringing in professionals to talk about the issues women face. Thank you so much!

thatsinglegurl ,

Great information

Erica does an amazing job keeping things real and isn't afraid to address REAL issues Moms face. Love this podcast! Subscribe!

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