Specializing in the treatment of perinatal depression and anxiety, as well as grief related to pregnancy loss.
After 10 years of clinical experience working in the hospital setting with women during the most vulnerable and courageous time of their lives—from pregnancy and childbirth through the post-partum period-- I can offer a unique understanding of the issues many women face during an experience that is supposed to be wonderful and happy. Anxiety, pregnancy loss, and prenatal and postpartum depression can be devastating, and leave a woman feeling helpless, scared, and guilty. Utilizing a supportive therapeutic approach, I specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as grief related to pregnancy loss. I also provide general counseling services for women.
The Postpartum Stress Center Advanced Clinical Training with Karen Kleiman, the premier expert on Perinatal Distress.
Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Course.
Member of the National Association of Social Workers
Member of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers
Experts estimate that at least 20% of mothers will experience symptoms of anxiety and depression either during pregnancy or in the Postpartum period. These symptoms are more severe than Baby Blues, and can greatly affect a woman's confidence and ability to function in her new role. Therapy has been shown to be highly effective in alleviating these symptoms. If you are struggling, just not feeling like yourself, or having thoughts that are scaring you, please call me. The first step is reaching out for help.
The loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death is something no one should ever have to face. Unfortunately, it does occur, and when it does the effects can be devastating. Postpartum depression and anxiety can occur following a pregnancy loss, and differs from usual symptoms of grief. If you have suffered a pregnancy loss and are concerned about the way you are feeling, please call. Supportive therapy can help.
Adoption is a major decision with life-long effects for a birth mother. Women who have made an adoption plan in pregnancy may have many questions about what to expect. Pre-adoption Counseling is mandated in the state of Louisiana and must be completed by a licensed mental health professional. As an LCSW in the maternal hospital setting, my understanding of the adoption policies and procedures of local hospitals can help prepare a birth mother for the delivery process. My services include mobilizing resources for continuing support after delivery, as well as emotional support throughout the pregnancy.
Anxiety and depression can occur with any life transition, not just motherhood. Relationship issues, feeling stressed and overwhelmed in your daily life responsibilities, managing your work-life balance-- all are a potential source of unhappiness in the modern woman's life. Thankfully, supportive therapy can help.