I can honestly say that I felt the onset of anxiety and depression the second my daughter was placed on my chest where she screamed for the next hour (this was not the golden hour I had anticipated.) Nothing seemed to go right, breastfeeding issues, colic, my own state of mind. The anxiety quickly turned to depression and it began to affect my marriage. I was devastated and embarrassed that this was how I felt about motherhood. Like most expectant mothers I was aware of postpartum depression and baby blues, but never thought that would be me since I didn't have a history of depression and I was so excited for the arrival of my baby.
Seeking help was not easy (yes, even for a therapist) but it was so healing once I did. I learned valuable lessons about myself and about my journey. I was able to connect with other mothers and hear their story, which was so comforting. I was able to articulate to my husband where and how I needed help. Soon, I found my joy and felt like myself again.
My personal struggle is why I am passionate about helping mothers. I offer individual sessions, phone or video call sessions when needed, and my ongoing postpartum adjustment support groups, which I highly recommend to connect with other mothers.
Credentials, Education, MembershipS:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist License # 52621
Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders training certificate
Postpartum Stress Center post graduate training
Postpartum Action Institute
Certified Experiential Therapist
Masters in counseling from California State University, Fullerton
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists