With nearly 1 in 4 women likely to have an abortion before age 45, everyone loves someone who's had an abortion (American Journal of Public Health). Despite abortion being a common experience, the ever-growing obstacles to access abortion care are extensive, ranging from the restrictions that limit an individual's access to the procedure/medication itself (NC Restrictions on Abortion) to the almost non-existent post-abortion support. The groundwork of Aligyned Counseling began by having noticed, and experienced, this gap in the continuum of care.
It's important to note that having an abortion does not increase the risk of psychological disorders (American Psychological Association). However, the absence of positive social support (e.g., understanding, appreciation, dialogue, empowerment) and the presence of negative social support (e.g., criticism, silence, misunderstanding, stigma) are significant risk factors to overall well-being.
With a quick Google search, I found two licensed clinicians in the state of North Carolina, that explicitly offer post-abortion support (me being one of them). In my attempt to locate resources, I had to sift through general information (not actual services), national hotlines, and pregnancy crisis centers. Further, as a licensed clinician, I have yet to find abortion specific trainings and/or continuing education opportunities, though a few self-study materials exist. Despite the limited resources and guidance, I am committed to pave the way by offering both individual and group support before, during, and/or after an abortion.
Pregnancy, whether planned or unplanned, is often accompanied by a rollercoaster of emotions. In the midst of this emotional experience, comes a choice (i.e., parenting, adoption, or abortion). Here at Aligyned Counseling, we believe that the choice is yours, and we are with you. The decision to release a pregnancy (i.e., abortion) is rarely an easy one—nor is it always your preferred choice. Even if you are certain abortion is the best option for you, as with any significant life event, the thoughts and emotions that arise can be complex and contradictory. No matter what comes up for you, all of it is valid. Experiences, especially pivotal ones, are always unique, rarely linear, and eternally evolving. Because of this, seeking support to navigate what emerges with releasing pregnancy can be essential.
Information on Individual services can be found here.
The incredible feminine characteristics that women carry alone, can certainly be amplified in a group context. We believe that tapping into our innate wisdom and sharing that collectively with each other, is a missing piece in abortion aftercare. We hope to address this missing piece by offering an abortion support group.
Information on group services can be found here.
You and your experience(s) are unique
and you are not alone.