Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

MelissaI am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in New York City, seeing primarily women in their 20s and 30s, pregnant women, and new moms. As a holistic and depth oriented therapist, my role is to support my clients in finding wholeness — mind, body, and spirit — creating more joy, ease, and healthy relationships. I help my clients remember their empowered authentic voice and “tap back into” their true selves. I attended The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA and through that, met my Honest Mamas counterparts, Claire and Sophie.

In becoming pregnant, I had a lot of questions. How would I feel? What if I didn’t enjoy this new journey? Would I love my child enough? How would this change my relationship to myself, with my husband, family, and friends? I was scared. When I  was recovering from major surgery, hormones, low milk supply, and felt the pressure to be ‘happy’, I lost my way and turned to everything and everyone outside of myself for help. Eventually, I was reminded to come back to myself. I had carried my son for 9 months inside my body, and even though I had no clue what I was doing, somehow, I knew him best. I had a natural instinct that I had to reconnect with. This is how I became involved with Honest Mamas. I want to help other mama’s tap back into this place within themselves.

As a pregnant mom, and then as a new mother, I craved community. I wanted open and honest women around me during this major life transition. I wanted a community that could celebrate and commiserate.  I needed to be reminded of who I was and what I already knew. I needed to be reminded that other mothers struggled like me, even if they didn’t have a place to express it. Not only was community an important place for me as a pregnant and new mom, but I also yearned for a deeper understanding of the transition that happens when we become mothers. I felt the ‘bigness’ of the change but felt in our culture, we don’t fully honor a woman’s transition to motherhood. We ‘shower’ her with gifts, but what about words of wisdom, or a ritual, to help her feel more connected to herself and her baby? What every mother needs is different during this transition, and Honest Mamas is a place for all mothers.

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