If you are done just surviving, and ready to start thriving, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for a person-centered, holistic and integrative counseling approach, this is it! If you want to learn tools and techniques to improve your mental health and overall well-being, come on in. You and your family deserve the best possible care. We can work together and get you to where you want to be.
I provide holistic and integrative counseling services for individuals (16 years old and above), couples, and families that may be dealing with life or mental health struggles while trying to conceive, during the perinatal period (during pregnancy through around one year postpartum) or even beyond. This includes:
Life transition difficulties or other challenges facing new and expectant parents (or even “seasoned” parents!) or their loved ones
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD
Pregnancy and infant loss and grief (including termination)
Other areas of experience:
Allergies and food sensitivity and intolerance
Body image issues
Caregivers of a loved one with a chronic or terminal illness
Caring for special needs children
Chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, and newly diagnosed medical conditions
Grief, loss, and traumatic grief
Highly sensitive person (HSP)
Mindful and intuitive eating
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and premenstrual (mood) exacerbation (PME)
Services are inclusive to everyone: all gender expressions, relationship types, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, body type, and abilities.
My approach to therapy is integrative, holistic, and unique to each individual. I consider acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) a main theoretical approach (more on that below), and I also borrow from a wide variety of other therapies and techniques in order to find what best suits your needs. Therapy is a shared journey that educates and empowers you, the client, to reach your maximum potential. I believe strongly in the healing power of authentic connection in the therapeutic relationship. I also take a holistic approach to treatment, addressing the needs of mind, body, and spirit which may include relevant referrals to outside practitioners. This may include your primary care physician, functional or integrative medicine practitioners, nutritionists or registered dietitians (RD), medication prescribers - such as a psychiatrist or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), and others. It is also generally recommended to be connected with a primary care provider as it is important to rule out or identify any possible medical conditions that may be contributing to your mental health symptoms. If needed or requested, I am happy to collaborate with anyone on your care team (with proper consent in place) in order to provide you with the best and most collaborative care.
Many times, people come to therapy to change unwanted behaviors. In my experience, it may be relatively “easy” to change behaviors for a short period of time. But how do we sustain that change and turn it into a new lifestyle? In order to make meaningful and long lasting change in your life, you need to have a reason, a “why”. For me, this is where identifying values comes in. Identifying and clarifying values is one main component of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that helps you find your “why”. I can help you find and prioritize your values, YOUR “why”, giving you the compass you need to move in the direction of a valued life!
More about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy here:
I often weave in other modalities of treatment as well such as, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), person centered therapy, compassion based therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and others. Read more about those here:
Education and training
New! As of September 2018 Postpartum Support International is offering a certification for perinatal mental health professionals - to be completed this year (2019).
Postpartum Support International Advanced Perinatal Psychotherapy training (July 2018)
Postpartum Support International “Components of Care” certificate training (2015)
Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - University of Phoenix (2015)
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing - University of Phoenix (2012)