a nurse (but I can't stand throw up), a teacher (whose patience is quite thin), a housecleaner (who jumps from room to room and leaves things unfinished), a party planner (this stresses me out but I'm pretty good!), a mediator, a chef (I make a mean bowl of cereal), a chauffeur (I hate driving)...and I'm willing to bet if you are reading this, you are probably all of these things too because...you are a mom. WOW, we take on a lot of roles. And for some reason we expect ourselves to be really good at all of them!
Hmmmmmmm. Think about that for a minute while I tell you a bit more.
Aside from being a mom of two, I am also:
a survivor of postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, and anxiety during pregnancy.
someone who was misdiagnosed for 20+ years as having generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder,etc. when really, ADHD is my thing :)
a licensed professional counselor and certified perinatal mental health specialist
a believer in therapy...for the first time in my life my brain finally has space for joy and fun!
As a therapist, what you see is what you get. I'm quite present in our sessions and sometimes you may see me tear up, smile...I'm human! I'm also not afraid to share things I have experienced or learned in my own journey if I feel they are relevant and supportive. Don't worry- I will always ask your permission and will never make your time about me...in fact, I want to know all about what has and hasn't worked for you in the past to make sure we do more of the helpful techniques and less of the other. I truly believe you are the expert in your own life. My role is to help point out some inconsistencies that you may not be able to see.
Education & Training:
Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death
Michigan Model DBT for Pregnancy & Postpartum
Advanced Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology
Teletherapy and Perinatal Mental Health Training
Components of Care: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training
Cognitive Behavior Institute: Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD
M.A. in Counseling, Oakland University
B.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan