“Ms. Bolling nails it in this quintessential handbook for mental health professionals who also hope to become parents. She clearly outlines potential issues a pregnant therapist may encounter and offers a trimester by trimester guide on how to address them. She integrates legal, financial, and emotional advice in a heartfelt and engaging way. I truly wish I had this book when I was having my children.”
-Sharon P. Fisher, PMHNP-BC is the co-author of Beyond The Egg Timer: A Companion Guide for Having Babies in Your Mid-Thirties and Older and is the owner of Nurtured Well, LLC, a women’s mental health clinic in Towson, MD
"This was the book I never knew I truly needed! ...This book was extremely helpful through my journey to establish a timeline, budget, and be realistic about how I'll be feeling emotionally and physically during [pregnancy] and postpartum. ...HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!"
-Allison McQuaid, LCPC
"Kara’s book has helped put my mind at ease about being pregnant while continuing my work. ...Her casual writing style is accessible and keeps it “light” and interesting, even while tackling some serious topics relating to pregnancy. It feels like a conversation with a friend. ...It is a quick read but is filled with wonderful insight, experience, possible scenarios, empathy, wit, and practical help."
-Krista Zerby, LGMFT
Pregnancy is an exciting and stressful time when your body and your business will change. Let's think things through together.
The Therapist's Guide to Being Pregnant is an interactive guide for psychotherapists, counselors, and mental health professionals in private or group practice who are navigating pregnancy or even just preparing to start a family. Pregnancy and parenthood will impact how you show up for your work and your clients, both now and in the future, in ways you cannot even imagine. This book will give you the information you need and normalize what you're going through in a fun and light-hearted way.
If thinking and planning helps you breathe easy, this book is for you.
The only book of its kind, The Therapist's Guide to Being Pregnant breaks down the work of being a pregnant therapist by trimester, with prompts to get your thinking going and checklists to help you feel satisfied when you’re done. There are workbook-style spaces for you to make notes about what you're thinking and the author gives personal examples to illustrate the material. Pregnant people are centered using gender-neutral language and with an understanding that every family looks different.
Whether you are a pregnant therapist now or possibly-one-day-in-the-future, whether this is your first pregnancy or not your first rodeo -- this book will answer the questions you didn't know you had and successfully prepare you and your clients for this exciting time of change.