Therapy typically consists of weekly sessions but may progress to bi-weekly and booster (check-in) sessions over time. After taking a history and creating a treatment plan, we will determine your therapy goals. This will become an evolving "roadmap" that will help us to stay on track. I begin with self-regulation skills to help prepare for more in-depth work. Learning how to self-regulate is essential to handling stress of all kinds. I work with clients to develop tools for emotion-regulation such as breath training, distress-tolerance skills, progressive muscle relaxation, self-talk, sensory-based strategies and imagery techniques. We will also work together to identify self-defeating core beliefs about yourself and others that may be interfering with your relationships. We will approach these interpersonal patterns by gaining understanding and practicing change. I believe in using insight to create opportunities to practice new ways of relating.
Maternal Mental Health
For pregnant and postpartum clients, I provide consultation, evidence-based IPT treatment, and more ongoing supportive psychotherapy.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects around 10-20% of mothers. There are biological, psychological, spiritual and social factors that contribute to PPD. For all women, becoming a mother is a major role transition that can bring older issues to the surface. Sometimes, mothers struggle with their own unmet emotional needs as they become a parent. They may also need help learning how to utilize support for the first time in their lives. For self-reliant types, it can be especially difficult to do this. I try to approach each mother's experience as unique and listen closely for her personal narrative. By doing so, I hope to access strengths and maximize the potential for parenthood to be a moment of personal growth.
Psychotherapy helps with mood and anxiety by focusing on improving support systems, learning how to communicate with friends and family more effectively, prioritizing ways to get enough sleep, and managing decisions about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be a very emotional issue, driven by personal and/or cultural beliefs. Therapy can help mothers understand these f and come to the best resolution for themselves. With a background in lactation education, I understand the complexity of these decisions.