Maternity leave is a time to settle into the relationship with your baby and a chance to begin integrating who you are. It can fly by as well, without appreciating it for what it can offer. This support group is a space to reflect on the many changes accompanying the postpartum experience including time away from work and transitioning into a new identity, relationships with friends, family, and partners, attachment to your baby, body image concerns, sexuality, depression/anxiety, and adapting previous methods of self-care. Share with and receive from others in maintaining a focus on your mental health.
Dr. Afshan Mohamedali is a licensed clinical psychologist working with both individuals and couples in Long Island, NY. She specializes in working with adults experiencing distress due to fluctuations in mood, changing life circumstances, difficult relationships, and uncertain identity.
Afshan approaches sessions with an understanding that we all have areas in our lives we are sensitive to, patterns or themes that keep coming up again. She helps patients recognize these themes and understand how they might unknowingly contribute to them. In discovering agency and power, these cycles can be interrupted and lead to the positive outcomes they’ve been hoping for.
Afshan uses her own background and experience working with minority populations in her work. She has worked with a range of patients, including college students, early professionals, new parents, and older adults. Her style integrates multiple approaches to therapy, emphasizing insight as a mechanism of change in conjunction with a thorough examination of behaviors that can get in the way.
Afshan is also a clinical supervisor to postdoctoral fellows and an adjunct professor of psychology at Adelphi University.