The Existential Crisis of Motherhood- Dr Claire Arnold-Baker

Tuesday 19th. February 2019

The transition to motherhood is a time of great change for women. Whilst this area has already been well researched and written about, little has been written on how this transition effects women in existential terms. Claire will discuss the existential-phenomenological research that she conducted on first time mothers and will highlight how motherhood is a time when women are confronted with their own existence. She will further elucidate the existential themes that emerge for women and suggest ways in which existential perspectives and the use of the four dimensions can help health professionals gain a more holistic view of the experience of becoming a mother.

Dr Claire Arnold-Baker is a counselling psychologist and existential psychotherapist who specialises in working with maternal mental health.  She is Academic Manager at NSPC, where she is also course leader for the DCPsych programme, a lecturer, and a clinical and research supervisor.  Claire is currently writing an edited book on the existential dimensions of motherhood to be published by Palgrave Macmillan next year

7 pm at the Existential Academy

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