Zoë Tolman – Counselling, Psychotherapy & Coaching

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Listing Category: Antenatal Support, Antenatal Classes - Birth & Postnatal Preparation, Birth Doulas, Counselling, Psychological Therapies & Mental Health Support, Perinatal Mental Health Support, Postnatal Mental Health Support, Relationship Therapist, Trauma Support, Parenting Support, and Postnatal Support


    Are you experiencing prenatal or postnatal anxiety or depression?

    Or are you a new mother or parent who is feeling overwhelmed, isolated or vulnerable and not sure where to turn to for support?

    Perhaps you are pregnant and feeling terrified about the birth?

    Or perhaps you are a new mother or parent who has experienced a traumatic birth but has not yet had a chance to process this?

    Do you need a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place to explore how you are feeling?

    If you have answered yes to any of the above questions you may find some counselling or coaching helpful. Please contact me to book in a free telephone consultation.

    I am a qualified and BACP Registered Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist and specialise in perinatal mental health. I am experienced in working with women experiencing prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression, birth trauma and birth anxiety. I work in a client-led way and my role is to facilitate us working out what you need in order to move forward and feel better. I will draw upon my knowledge and experience of different theoretical approaches including Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive & Behavioural and Solution Focused models which enabling me to work effectively with clients experiencing a wide range of issues.

    As a Humanistic therapist, I believe that each and every human being is valuable and unique and doing the best they can. I want to understand your world and your perspectives and how life is for you. Sometimes even just being listened to and understood can help you feel less isolated. At times, the counselling process may feel quite challenging and it is by exploring these challenges in a supportive environment that can result in lasting changes. I will be there to support you throughout the counselling process until you feel you are ready to end our work together.

    I currently only offer online counselling via Skype / Zoom.

    Face to face counselling in Suffolk coming soon.


    • Initial Consultation: Free
    • Individual Counselling Session (60 minutes): £40
    • Block booking of 6 counselling sessions (Paid in advance before the first session): £200

    I hold several slots open for reduced rate sessions for those struggling financially. Please get in touch if you think I may be the right therapist for you but are worried about how you will pay for the sessions. Money should never be a barrier to people accessing the support they need.


    I also specialise in empowerment coaching and can offer support at all stages of your journey from pregnancy to parenthood and beyond. The transition to motherhood results in fundamental psychological changes and these changes are currently under researched and new mothers are often left alone to get on with it, with little or no emotional support as they navigate this rollercoaster of a journey with no guidebook!

    If you are struggling as a new mother and experiencing feelings of insecurity, feeling disempowered, feeling as though you are not cut out for motherhood, perfectionism, feeling scared of failure or making mistakes, feeling out of your depth, feeling scared of messing it all up or feeling isolated with noone to talk to, please know that you are not alone! ALL women and new parents struggle at some point, and everything you are experiencing has been experienced by another new mother or parent.

    I am here to hold a safe private space for you to process how you are feeling, and support you every step of the way. Together we can uncover some unconscious beliefs which may be getting in the way of you enjoying motherhood or life in general, work out where these limiting beliefs stem from and how we can work together to help you feel more empowered as a mother or parent. You have everything you need inside you, my role is to help you find it and reclaim your sense of empowerment.

    I currently only offer online coaching via Skype or Zoom.


    • Initial Consultation: Free
    • Individual Coaching Session – 60 minutes: £40 / 90 minutes: £60
    • Block booking of 6 coaching sessions (Paid in advance before the first session): 60 mins: £200 / 90 mins: £300


    Have you left it too late to book onto an antenatal course? Are you worried about not being prepared enough for labour and birth? Feeling out of your depth? Or perhaps this is your second baby and you are just looking for a refresher session rather than a full course? Maybe you would prefer to do an online course or individual coaching sessions from the comfort of your own home rather than attend a course in person? Or perhaps you know your birth will involve special circumstances and you require more personalised support than a general antenatal course?

    Whatever your needs are, I am here to support you! I offer bespoke individual birth coaching (also known as virtual doula) sessions for you and your partner which are tailored to your individual needs. Together we can go through everything you need to know to feel more prepared for an empowered birth and start to parenthood.

    The first step is an initial consultation so that I can understand what you need from our sessions. I will then put together some content for you and estimate how much time we may need. This consultation is free of charge. You can then decide on the content you would like to cover and how many sessions you would like to book.

    Examples of some of the topics we can cover in our sessions:

    • Hypnobirthing
    • Empowered birth preparation
    • Preparing the body for birth
    • Understanding how your body works during labour
    • How to feel mentally prepared for birth
    • Preparing practically for birth
    • How your birth partner can support you on the day
    • And lots lots more!

    Bespoke individual sessions start at £40 per hour – discounts available for block bookings.

    Included in this price would be:

    • Bespoke private antenatal coaching tailored to your needs
    • Unlimited antenatal support outside of our sessions via a private Whatsapp group for you, your partner.
    • Unlimited postnatal support for the first six weeks after your baby is born via the private Whatsapp group.
    • Access to an online client area where you can find additional resources to support your learning, birth plan templates etc.
    • Birth plan review.

    You are also welcome to join my free Facebook group The Empowered Birth Club where, together with other professionals, I offer unlimited support and information to help you prepare for an Empowered Birth.

    For details on the other antenatal courses and other birth support services that I offer please visit: http://themotherside.org/the-empowered-birth-programme/


    The first step is to book in a free telephone consultation where we can explore what you are looking for, what I can offer and how I work. Then together we can decide if I am the right therapist or coach to support you.

    Please drop me an email to info@themotherside.org to check availability and book in an appointment.

    I hold several slots open for reduced rate sessions for those struggling financially. Please get in touch if you think I may be the right coach or therapist for you but are worried about how you will pay for the sessions. Money should never be a barrier to people accessing the support they need.

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