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First Year of Motherhood Survival Tips

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

Top Tips To Surviving Your First Year of Motherhood: 1. Being a new mama is messy and we are all figuring it out as we go. Each baby is different and some new moms are simply just further along than others 2. Sleep when you can-even if you can’t sleep, just rest. Sleep deprivation plays a large part in our emotional life so the more you can rest and sleep,…

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Trying to get your baby to sleep?! Sleepy On Hudson-Brooke Nalle-Interview

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

I met Brooke when my sleep deprived husband and I were needing a pep talk and some sleep advice. Our little one wasn’t the best sleeper and before we started creating some habits we didn’t want, we reached out to Brooke to get support. What I like so much about Brooke and her approach is that she is very supportive in helping the family discover what approach is right for…

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Rebirth After Birth Sign Up! Workshop starting soon!

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

Rebirth After Birth Navigating Your Way Into Motherhood Reflect on the first year of motherhood, learn coping tools and techniques, find support and community, and connect with your authentic voice in a safe and nonjudgmental space at our Rebirth After Birth workshop. Melissa Divaris Thompson and Brooke Nalle will guide you through an exploration of the experiences, milestones, and challenges that shape this pivotal time: childbirth, relationships (with our partners…

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Rivertown Mamas ~ new mom Stephanie Hinkaty Interview

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

When I was newly pregnant, everyone started telling me about this new place that had opened in Dobbs Ferry called Rivertown Mamas. The name alone made me curious, and because I knew early on I needed community, I looked it up. Rivertown Mamas is the mecca of mama-hood. Classes in infant massage, breast feeding, yoga, and music, to name a few, are held regularly. It’s not JUST that the classes…

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Interview: Silvie Falschlunger, owner of Birth In Motion

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

Silvie Falschlunger is next for my interview series with Birth Professionals. I met Silvie by chance in a yoga class with Beth at Full Circle. She happened to casually mention she had her cell phone with her because she had a mom in labor. I was instantly drawn to her energy. She exuded strength, calm, and compassion. I instantly chose her as my birth doula and she turned out to…

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Yoga mom and Creation Yoga Founder Beth Gibney Boulden

Yogi Moms and Creation Yoga Founder, Beth Gibney Boulden

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

Over the last year, being pregnant and having a baby, I have met with many birth professionals. As a new mom, I found myself searching for ways to help soothe the anxiety, the fear,fatigue, and the overwhelming feelings. I also longed for like minded community. While I was pregnant, I decided to join one of Beth Gibney Boulden’s yoga classes. It was there that I felt I could completely let…

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The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer  It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what…

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Rebirth After Birth Workshop Info

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

Just announced! Our new workshop, Rebirth After Birth Workshop, will be held in the Spring 2014 with Pediatric Sleep Consultant Brooke Nalle! Dates: 4 Sundays – March 23-April 13th, 2014 from 2-4pm. Cost: $150 with limited sliding scale available. Early sign up rate before March 1, $120. Email rebirthafterbirth@gmail.com for more information or call Melissa at 212-330-6867. The workshop is for women (only) in their first year of motherhood (babies 0-just…

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Vulnerability Quote

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

“Vulnerability is about having the courage to show up and be seen” Brene Brown

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Quote on Perfectionism –

By Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” Anna Quindlen

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Why creating a routine can be helpful during coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak is a global issue that is causing a lot of concerns for humans everywhere in the world. It is disrupting our lives, our economy, our finances, our social and family circles, as well as our physical and mental health. Our daily habits have changed, our life looks different, and everything happened so quickly, which is anxiety provoking. You might be working from home at this point, or…

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How vulnerability can help you enhance your relationship.

Being vulnerable in a romantic relationship. Throughout my experience working in France and now in the United States, I have observed partners going from regularly fighting and talking about breaking up to being close to one another and having a strong and secure attachment bond. So, what has helped them go from a stage of defensiveness and verbal attacks to a more peaceful lifestyle? I have noticed that couples that…

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New Year, New You! – 3 Ways to Find Your Authentic Voice in 2019

To find your authentic voice, be an explorer. How so? Have you ever been to a new city and felt an undeniable vibe? Like the atmosphere was alive, breathing a certain feeling into your lungs. Some cities that come to mind are New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, San Francisco, etc. Unmentioned, of course, the hundreds of quaint little towns scattered across the map. What do they all have…

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How Overthinking a New Relationship Can Undermine Your Connection

The start of a fresh romance has its own unique learning curve. If you’re like most people, you may be tempted to analyze every little move. Yet, overthinking a new relationship can actually damage the authentic connection between you. Despite the intense and immediate connection that romance novels depict, usually that initial connection is fairly sensitive. In other words, it requires a bit of nurturing. Think of your new emotional…

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5 Easy Ways to Build Your Self-Confidence—Starting Now

Many things in life can impact your self-confidence. Think back to events in your childhood. Perhaps your parents divorced, you relocated to a new neighborhood or school, or you struggled with a physical illness or disability. In adulthood, you may have experienced a difficult relationship, dealt with a toxic work environment, or trudged through financial losses. Life has a way of twisting and turning in unexpected ways. Often, these experiences…

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Why Self-Care Is More Than a Day at the Spa

Despite the term “self-care” taking on a rather fluffy meaning nowadays, it’s far more empowering than most people believe. And self-care is more than a day at the spa. Yes, daily self-care goes far beyond sweating out stress in a sauna or taking a mud bath. Somewhere along the lines, self-care has gotten a luxurious connotation assigned to it. As if taking care of yourself was optional. It’s vital to…

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Attention, Stressed-Out People Pleasers—Read This and Relax!

As a people pleaser, you may deal with anxiety and stress by the truckloads. All the volunteering is likely burning you out. You probably don’t feel incredibly valued either. Perhaps you already know that people pleasing is rooted in low self-confidence. Essentially, as a people pleaser, you draw your self-worth from others. For this reason, the habit of people pleasing ends up hurting you big time. And stopping this habit…

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Are You Suffering from High-Functioning Anxiety? – 5 Tell-Tale Signs

Many people identify with the long list of common anxiety symptoms. From the racing thoughts to that notorious feeling of being on-edge, modern society has normalized these symptoms. But perhaps you’re not exactly the poster child for anxiety because you appear to have your life together. You’re organized, pay attention to detail, and can focus on several projects at once. Plus, you seem to have eight sets of arms with…

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Spring Renewal: 6 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Summer

No matter which part of the country you’re from, there’s a good chance that winter is old news to you. Thankfully, the change of seasons is well on the way and you, like most people, are likely ready for a spring renewal. Of course, it can be tough to transition smoothly from season to season. After all, the way you navigate life can differ vastly from one season to the…

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The Long, Dark Road of Depression – Will It Last Forever?

Have you been struggling with depression but can’t get anywhere? Are you worried that your depression will last forever with no hope in sight? For sufferers, the road of depression can certainly seem long and dark, without end. However, it is also important to know that there is hope at the end of the tunnel. First, take into consideration a few facts about depression. Same Depression, Different Experiences According to…

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