My Approach to Helping
The journey to motherhood does not always go quite as expected. Sometimes new mothers, or those seeking to become mothers, need additional support in navigating the challenges that they might face along the way.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor serving clients across the state of Washington, exclusively through a secure telehealth platform. I have spent nearly 20 years focused on meeting the therapeutic needs of women in their reproductive years, including treatment of the life transitions, and developmental and emotional challenges related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
As a client of mine, you will receive individualized, compassionate care in a safe and confidential environment. I utilize a holistic approach to help address your current symptoms, and identify the core causes of your difficulties. This involves partnering with you to examine how your psychological and emotional needs, relationships, physical health, and lifestyle all contribute to your overall state of well-being.
Perinatal and postpartum counseling includes things such as: preconception counseling; prenatal parenting; mindful pregnancy practices; perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; preparing abuse survivors for birth; grief and loss, including challenges with fertility, miscarriage, and neonatal loss; birth trauma resolution; and the adjustment to parenthood.
I have served as both Vice-Chair and Advisory Committee Member for Postpartum Support International of Washington, (now known as Perinatal Support Washington), and as Washington State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. In 2010, I was primary author for the revised edition of the book, Beyond the Birth: A Family's Guide to Postpartum Mood Disorders. Supplementing my work as a therapist, I am both a Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth and Fertility Educator, a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator, and have training in Birth Story Listening (Birthing From Within).
Despite my focus on perinatal and postpartum issues, I continue to devote a small portion of my practice to addressing a variety of other concerns impacting individual adults, and invite you to contact me if you think I might be of assistance.