I work with adults 18 years and up. I will also work with older teens on a case by case basis. My specialties include treating depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks I often assist people through difficult life circumstances such as divorce, being a caregiver to someone who is chronically ill, becoming a parent, grief and loss and dealing with family conflict.
I offer video counseling (Teletherapy) on a limited basis. (please check with your insurance to see if teletherapy is covered as an outpatient therapy benefit or you can choose to private pay).
Perinatal Mental Health
Are you pregnant or within your first year after giving birth and feeling overwhelmed, sad, irritable or agitated? Are you experiencing crying jags, sleep disturbance, changes in appetite, mood swings, exhaustion or apathy?
Chances are you could be experiencing anxiety or depression associated with pregnancy or the postpartum period. I specialize in working with women who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety during and after pregnancy. I am currently working on my certification from Postpartum International (PSI). Choosing a therapist who has had the training to work with perinatal mental health is important as we understand the full clinical picture and the needs of women, their babies and the family as a whole.
Perinatal Mental Health Facts:
Research says that about 80% of new mothers experience normal “baby blues” in the first few weeks after the baby arrives.
Most depressed moms and dads don’t recognize that what they are feeling is depression or anxiety; instead, they feel they are failing in their role as a parent or letting their baby down.
Society norms often dictate how we think we should feel or act when we welcome a baby into our world. Social myths about having a baby can make moms and dads feel guilty or embarrassed about the feelings and thoughts that arise with depression and anxiety.
At least 1 in 7 mothers experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum and 1 in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression.
A few things I would like for you to know:
You are not alone: Other mothers and fathers experience this, connection and support will help.
You are not to blame: This is not something you caused or a reflection of your ability as a mother (or father)
With help, you will be well: All symptoms are treatable, it is a sign of strength to reach out for help.
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