Therapist's Guide to Being Pregnant

The Therapist’s Guide to Being Pregnant: A planner, timeline, and guide for therapist parents-to-be

by Kara Bolling, MSW, LCSW-C




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About the Book

The only book of its kind, supporting psychotherapists through their pregnancy journey and into more grounded personal and professional lives.
Pregnancy is an exciting and stressful time when your body and your business will change. Let’s think things through together.
The Therapist’s Guide to Being Pregnant is an interactive guide for psychotherapists, counselors, and mental health professionals in private or group practice who are navigating pregnancy or even just preparing to start a family. Pregnancy and parenthood will impact how you show up for your work and your clients, both now and in the future, in ways you cannot even imagine. This book will give you the information you need and normalize what you’re going through in a fun and light-hearted way.
If thinking and planning helps you breathe easy, this book is for you.
The only book of its kind, The Therapist’s Guide to Being Pregnant breaks down the work of being a pregnant therapist by trimester, with prompts to get your thinking going and checklists to help you feel satisfied when you’re done. There are workbook-style spaces for you to make notes about what you’re thinking and the author gives personal examples to illustrate the material. Pregnant people are centered using gender-neutral language and with an understanding that every family looks different.
Whether you are a pregnant therapist now or possibly-one-day-in-the-future, whether this is your first pregnancy or not your first rodeo — this book will answer the questions you didn’t know you had and successfully prepare you and your clients for this exciting time of change.

“I truly wish I had this book when I was having my children.”

Ms. Bolling nails it in this quintessential handbook for mental health professionals who also hope to become parents. She clearly outlines potential issues a pregnant therapist may encounter and offers a trimester by trimester guide on how to address them. She integrates legal, financial, and emotional advice in a heartfelt and engaging way. I truly wish I had this book when I was having my children.

Sharon P. Fisher, PMHNP-BC

Author of "Beyond the Egg Timer: A Companion Guide for Having Babies in Your Mid-Thirties and Older", Nurtured Well, LLC

“It feels like a conversation with a friend.”

Kara’s book has helped put my mind at ease about being pregnant while continuing my work. Pregnancy is broken down into the trimesters as it applies to being a therapist, laying out to-do items for each. The “Over-Share” sections added relatable personal anecdotes, likely normalizing many situations and feelings a pregnant person could experience during their pregnancy. Her casual writing style is accessible and keeps it “light” and interesting, even while tackling some serious topics relating to pregnancy. It feels like a conversation with a friend. For those who like an interactive guide, Kara includes several sections. It is a quick read but is filled with wonderful insight, experience, possible scenarios, empathy, wit, and practical help. This book makes me feel like I will have a reference while I navigate pregnancy and work.

Krista Zerby, LGMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

“Pregnancy is hard on a lot of women, and this book makes it just a little bit easier.”

This book is such a helpful resource for anyone in the mental health field who is or is considering being pregnant. I wish I would have had it during my first two pregnancies, as my story lined up with the authors and I could really relate to it… Pregnancy is hard on a lot of women, and this book makes it just a little bit easier… I didn’t take a maternity leave with either pregnancy and I regret that (I didn’t think I COULD without losing clients or income). If I am ever in the position of expecting while practicing in private practice again, I will certainly reference this book to help plan for a proper leave… Give it a read and see if it helps!

Tara Falcone, LCPC

About the Author

Kara Bolling, MSW, LCSW-C is a psychotherapist in Ellicott City, Maryland. Kara loves babies and always thought once she started having them she’d want to quit social work to be with babies all day (the cuties). Instead, she’s discovered that her love for her babies has expanded her creativity and love for her work. Kara wants to help all baby-having therapists find their way through pregnancy and postpartum, to reconnect with themselves and find their parent power.
Kara put herself through college and grad school taking care of (and loving) other people’s babies. In her professional life, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University in 2003 and a Master of Social Work from Catholic University of America in 2006. She worked as a clinical case manager for children and families in foster care, as a therapist for teenagers in a community-based residential treatment program, and as a therapist for children, teens, and adults at a large non-profit before taking her private psychotherapy practice full time in 2016. She loves being her own boss, but wonders why she’s never been chosen for Employee of the Month.
In her private practice, Kara uses a somatic psychotherapy approach to help adults through relationship issues and trauma recovery. She also works with parents who need support during the toddler and teenage years. Kara lives in Baltimore with her husband and two precious children. This is her first book. Visit her at and on Facebook and Instagram @karabollinglcswc.

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