Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from therapy?

Our therapists are specialty trained to assess, prevent, and treat mental health challenges related to reproduction and parenting.  We know that your time and money are valuable and that coming to therapy is not easy.  Our goal is to work with you to get to a place where coming in for weekly therapy support is no longer necessary.  

Your first session will involve a complete assessment of your biological, psychological, and social health and an exploration of what might be contributing to your distress.  This will be followed by a look at the path to wellness and a plan around how to move forward. 

Our therapists are experienced in psychodynamic psychotherapy (understanding how your easiest attachments and experiences influence reproductive and maternal mental health), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (understanding how thoughts effect emotions and behavior and using tools to address distorted thinking), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (using skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to enhance wellbeing), Mindfulness- Based Psychotherapy (understanding how nervous system reactivity increases susceptibility to anxiety and depression and using mindfulness skills to manage discomfort), Mom-Baby Diadic Psychoterapy( understanding the relationship between maternal and infant mental health and supporting secure attachment), Trauma-informed therapy and Grief Support (support through the many stages of grief and processing of trauma), and Parenting Coaching (helping you to think through the many challenges that come with parenting infants and children).  

Psychotherapy sessions are 50-minutes long.  Usually, it is recommended that you come to therapy weekly until some traction is built and you are able to practice and benefit from support received and skills learned in session.

Can I bring my baby to session?

Of course!  We have all kinds of baby-related items at our office including breast and bottle feeding pillows, toys, bouncy balls, and changing pads.  It is suggested that once your baby is verbal, you leave him or her behind.

That said, many women prefer to leave their kiddos at home, have a cup of tea, put their feet up, and se the 50 minutes as a break.  Your choice.

If I tell you how I feel will you take my baby away?

This is a big fear that many moms  have.  Struggling with symptoms of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder or parental mental health issues is never a reason to take a baby away.  In fact, moms who reach out for help are admired for their bravery and dedication to family mental health.  What you say in our offices will remain entirely confidential.  The exception to this is if you have a plan and/or intention of hurting yourself or someone else.  In this case, we have a legal obligation to keep everyone safe.  

Can my husband/partner come?

Any time.  It is extremely helpful to have partners be a part of the work in helping a parent get well. We know that moms/dads who feel understood and supported by their partner get better more quickly.  Our goal is to give your family and support people the information that they need to help support you through this journey.