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