Attadale author uses experiences as counsellor to help mothers in her first book

Cindy Cranswick wants the mothers to understand the challenges they face are normal. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Cindy Cranswick wants the mothers to understand the challenges they face are normal. Picture: Jon Hewson.

AN Attadale resident has used her experiences of counselling mothers to write her first book.

Cindy Cranswick’s book Self-Compassionate Motherhood is based on her experiences at Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes in Fremantle.

She said she was inspired to write the book after conducting research into perinatal anxiety.

“I realised that no mother would want to read a thesis so I decided to write a book after getting involved in a mentoring writing program,” she said.

“Many women present to me with perinatal anxiety or depression so this was written to explore the psychological and emotional challenges.”

Cranswick said the influence of social media could have a negative impact on mothers.

“There are three main issues that I look at, the unhelpful views women may have of themselves, the unrealistic social comparison and the range of emotions they might experience after having a child,” she said.

“I want to see mothers enjoying being mothers because they are all unique.

“I’m very happy with how the book turned out, I don’t think your first book will ever be perfect though but now I’ve caught the bug and I have some ideas for another book.”

The book is available on www.changesforlife.com.au or on Amazon.