What we talk about in session depends on what your goals are. We work collaboratively- I am not a therapist who is going to nod and say “mmmhmmmm” or ask you to “tell me how that makes you feel” to everything you say. I understand therapy is a time and a financial investment and I want it to be useful for you. Your treatment also includes my collaboration with your other care providers such as your OB/midwife, psychiatrist, etc. Clients tend to reach out for my help with EMDR treatment of birth trauma, their NICU experiences, fertility struggles, and relationships. I am also honored to work with clients who have/are experiencing perinatal loss or are pregnant after perinatal loss(es). I have found that I work very well with women whose own parents were nonexistent, absent, had substance use issues, or were emotionally/physically abusive. Together we talk about what your experience of being parented was like and how it impacted you, and then make a plan for how you want to parent. Also, if you already know that you are predisposed to postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) by having depression, anxiety, or trauma, we will begin counseling while you are pregnant to reduce your risk of PMADs in the postpartum period.
M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy (2017)
Perinatal Mental Health (2021)
Postpartum Support International
Virtual therapy for parents in the adjustment to parenthood.