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Our Clinical Team

We are a group of mental health therapists who partner with complimentary wellness providers to collaboratively offer holistic treatment options to our clients. Our mental health team includes  licensed reproductive and women’s mental health therapists as well as highly skilled graduate-level and postgraduate interns. The PWCB also offers reproductive psychiatry, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, OT, and lactation support. 

  We are here to support you.

 

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Kate kripke, lcsw

Founder, Director, Psychotherapist

303-586-1564     |     kate@pwcboulder.com

Kate has extensive training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and is committed to supporting women and families through the challenges associated with the adjustment to parenthood. Kate founded the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder in an effort to bring skilled and appropriate perinatal mental health support to women and families around Boulder County. Kate uses a variety of support modalities in her work with women and families including CBT, IPT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.  Her approach tends to be solution-focused in nature and she holds a strong commitment to seeing each therapy participant as his/her own expert.  


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Emily Horrowitz, LPC

Psychotherapist

303-880-8296     |     emily@pwcboulder.com

Emily has offered support, consultation, and healing to individuals and groups for the past 16 years in various capacities. She received her Master's in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University where she learned the art of fusing western psychology with eastern spiritual practices and belief systems and applied these principles to the practice of supporting and empowering families.


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Diane Drapkin, MSW

Psychotherapist

720-771-0536     |     diane@pwcboulder.com

As a psychotherapist, Diane’s practice focuses on perinatal mental health. Diane is herself a mother of four and recognizes the needs of postpartum mothers and their families. She has been working in Boulder with families in the social work field since 1995. She was raised in California and attended the University of California, Davis graduating with a BA in Sociology.


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Julie Ciecior, LPC, NCC

Psychotherapist

720-506-3020     |     julie@pwcboulder.com

Julie has been working with people in human services for over 15 years, and as a therapist for 6. She is especially devoted to helping new and veteran moms manage the wild ride that is motherhood. Julie is a mother of two, and finds this fact helps her connect with clients and provide meaningful support and healing.


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Charmaine Volkman

Office Manager/Intake Coordinator/ Community Liaison

charmaine@pwcboulder.com

Charmaine graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Psychology.  She has extensive professional experience in managing teams in business, project organization, and customer service.  She is also the mother of two young boys.  Charmaine strives to support new patients in any way possible and serves as a resource for PWCB staff, patients, and community.


 
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The PWCB has partnered with The Margaret L Shaw Institute for Perinatal Mental Health to offer low fee psychotherapy to women and families.  Graduate and postgraduate-level interns  provide supervised on-going support through the Shaw Institute at the offices of Postpartum Wellness Center/Boulder and are available to those who are not able to pay for out of pocket psychotherapy.

To learn more and to book an appointment contact our interns below or  emily@pwcboulder.com


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Morgan Lapidus

Psychotherapy Intern

412-475-6675 | morgan@mlshawinstitute.org

Morgan is a 3rd year Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student specializing in Wilderness Therapy. Morgan received her Bachelor’s degree from Temple University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Cognitive Neuroscience. Morgan has 7 years of experience working with children and adolescents in various clinical and nonclinical settings. Morgan’s interest in the perinatal mental health field comes from her beliefs behind the importance of supporting and empowering women, especially throughout the immense transitions of birth and loss. 


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Christina Shore

Psychotherapy Intern

847-571-6630 | christina@mlshawinstitute.org

Christina is a third year graduate student in the somatic psychology program at Naropa University.  She has 6 years experience as a full time nanny and has experience working with marginalized and special needs children through dance, yoga, and as a one on one educator.  She completed her practicum at Wild at Heart, where equine therapy and dance therapy were the main therapeutic modalities.  Christina feels strongly about supporting all family configurations, cultural values, and the creative intelligence that is unique to every individual, family unit, and community.  She is passionate about exploring the challenges and joys the perinatal time period can bring and providing a space for each person to show up exactly as they are.  Christina welcomes the opportunity to work with people from all sociocultural backgrounds.


 

Our Partners

The PWC/B strives to provide collaborative care with a team approach to treatment.  While not everyone who receives support from our mental health clinicians will also work with the providers below, our work often involves collaboration with others who have expertise in working with families through reproduction and early parenthood.  Our partner providers are highly skilled and trained in the many issues related to reproductive and family mental health.

 
 

Dr. Karen Horst, MD

Reproductive Psychiatry

Specializing in Reproductive Psychiatry since 2003, Dr. Horst stays abreast of the latest medical news regarding mood disorders, medication and pregnancy and breastfeeding.  She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine: medical school (1997), 2 years of OB/Gyn residency (1999) and 3 years of psychiatry residency (2003).  Dr. Horst moved to the Denver metro area in 2006 and has offices in Old Town Arvada and Boulder.  Fee for service only, but will help in insurance reimbursement for patients with mental health coverage for out-of-network practitioners.  For more information, please visit www.karenhorst.com


Diane Michel, MSPH, IBCLC, RLC

Lactation Consulting

For over 14 years Diane has helped mothers breastfeed their babies. She guides new mothers through the full physical and emotional breastfeeding process, paying special attention to each mother's own needs and concerns with warmth and compassion. Diane encourages every mother to learn about her baby and set breastfeeding goals. After a thorough assessment, Diane guides each mother to achieve her goals in ways that feel workable to her. 

Diane is the mother of two boys and her own breastfeeding experience set her down her professional path, first as a volunteer, and since 2008 as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Prior to having children, Diane knew she wanted to breastfeed because of its benefits, such as good nutrition. But once she began breastfeeding she realized the how much the experience enhanced both bonding with her children and learning to parent. That said, Diane also believes that mothers experience breastfeeding uniquely and may face challenges that may leave them feeling worried, annoyed, overwhelmed, in pain, joyful, resentful, in love, and/or unsettled — sometimes all at the same time. 

Diane's background of psychology (BA from Duke University) and public health (MSPH from the University of Colorado) gave her great training to provide health services while listening to and meeting mothers "where they are at" with tenderheartedness. For more information, please visit www.nourishlactation.com.


Cameron Elmendorf Delaney, l.ac.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Cameron Elmendorf Delaney Dipl. OM. L.Ac., MSOM is a board certified Chinese Medicine practitioner (NCCAOM) and maintains a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado. Her emphasis is on women’s health, fertility, prenatal/postpartum wellness, and hormone balance where she employs both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture techniques, as well as Chinese Herbal medicine, and Asian bodywork techniques such as Tui Na and Shiatsu. She is also a certified Acutonics(TM) practitioner, and is formally trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.

Cameron received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. She has been practicing in Boulder/Denver for over 10 years. Cameron compliments her acupuncture practice with a deep knowledge of the western paradigm of women's health, including fertility, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), menstrual issues and menopausal challenges, and she lends a compassionate, holistic bend to those she works with.

Cameron lives and practices in her native Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Brian, her zesty and inspiring daughter Tula, and their little pup Lucy. In her free time, Cameron loves running, biking, skiing and adventuring in her gorgeous mountainous backyard with her dear friends and family. She is a true cinephile, music lover and voracious book reader, and loves taking advantage of all that Boulder has to offer. For more information, please visit www.solsticehealth.com


jessica schaffer, MA

Infant and Child Sleep Support

As an experienced sleep coach, Jessica believes that with time, space, and appropriate parental support, all babies and children have the ability to become great sleepers.  Her coaching practice, Shuteye Sleep, has helped many families, and she offers classes in the Boulder, CO area. For more information, please visit www.shuteyesleepcoach.com.


Meghan Van Vleet, nD, RND

Naturopathic Medicine

Meghan’s second pregnancy, birth, and postpartum years define the timeframe which she still considers the most difficult, seemingly hopeless days of her life. Even though she was already a healthcare professional, it took months for Meghan to realize that she needed help. No healthcare provider spotted it, and Meghan eventually sought professional help on her own. Through her process, Meghan realized that her own mother suffered with postpartum depression, although as with many women in her generation, it was never diagnosed or treated. Seeing how untreated PPD likely effected her mother over the long haul sparked Meghan’s passion about helping women identify their risk factors and be prepared to seek help, rather than losing themselves in parenthood.

Meghan is a naturopathic doctor with a general family practice and a focus on postpartum wellness. While still in naturopathic school Meghan became interested in working with perinatal women. The year after graduation she worked in a family practice delivering babies and doing family care under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor and midwife in Portland, OR. It wasn’t until her own struggle with postpartum depression that she became passionate about helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders. Now, through her professional expertise and personal experience, she is committed to helping similarly suffering women find a better way.

Meghan takes a holistic approach to treatment, and she understands that the way we live has the greatest potential to prevent disease and afford health. To that end, Meghan’s approach includes the use of botanical medicine, food-as-medicine, selective nutritional supplementation, hydrotherapy, mindfulness, movement, and lifestyle counseling.

In an attempt to maintain balance & wellness in her own life, Meghan runs, bikes, uses breathwork and meditation, makes and eats good food, and takes time to spend with friends and family. For more information, please visit www.harmonyfamilymed.com.


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Yrma Perdomo, OTR/L NDS

Occupational Therapy with Infants and Young Children

Yrma Perdomo, OTR/L NDS is a bilingual Occupational Therapist with a neuro-developmental specialty. Before a recent move to Boulder, she practiced in the South Florida area  as a concierge parenting consultant and therapist to children with various diagnosed and undiagnosed developmental limitations. She has had the pleasure of mentoring under some of Miami’s leading pediatric therapists in various settings and the privilege of working with talented professionals such as pediatricians, DOs, ENTs, Audiologists, OBGYNs, midwives, dentist, lactation consultants and teachers.

Yrma provides education and support to new and experienced parents.  She gives them the tools that facilitate safe and secure attachment through the first few months of their newborn’s life, and ensure progressive neurological development through the first 4 years of life. She is also committed to raising awareness and highlighting  the importance of early detection and intervention in the birth to 4-year-old population.

All of Yrma’s work is child-centered and directed, and her clinical approach has evolved to emphasize the importance of bringing therapeutic practices to the child’s natural environments to promote safety, connection, focused parent participation and concept carry over.

Yrma believes in a well-rounded and intensive approach to treatment, where parent education and facilitation are a main focus and a vital component to treating the whole-child. Additionally, she believes that interdisciplinary collaboration strongly supports the effective detection of possible developmental delays in the pediatric population within a window of high neurological plasticity, making its impact far greater than we are yet able to measure. Working with an interdisciplinary team approach is the catalyst for early detection and intervention in the pediatric population, and the vehicle that allows Yrma to work closely with concerned caregivers to effectively incite positive changes in the neurological foundation that their child’s life-long development, function, and potential is built upon.

For more information, please visit https://www.sense-ableconnections.com