In 2017, I became a mom. This radically changed my life in an instant. I felt blindsided by how hard it was and I was upset that no one had told me honestly what it was going to be like. My baby was up at all hours, she fought every nap, she would only sleep directly on my chest, breastfeeding hurt and every aspect of my life suffered due to my own lack of self-care, sleep deprivation, and discomfort with asking for help. I didn't know about perinatal intrusive thoughts and I was plagued with fears about SIDS and losing this little tiny defenseless human that I loved more than myself. In other words, I understand how you feel. I have been there and I have also learned a ton over the past 5 years of parenthood. I had another baby in 2021 and this time, I built a solid support network and self-care routine, and let me tell you, it made a world of difference.
My own parenting journey motivated me to support others on this path. As parents, our hard work is seriously underacknowledged and most of us lack the support we need to be our best selves. No wonder so many of us end up having mental health challenges during the perinatal period. My two vastly different perinatal experiences taught me that if we can change our environment, self-care, and beef up our support network, we can dramatically improve our ability to thrive during the perinatal period and beyond. I am here to help you make this happen for you too.
I am trained by Postpartum Support International in the treatment of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). I have advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I will pull from these modalities to best help you meet your therapy goals.
Some other info about me:
I am a homeschooling mom of two biracial/bicultural children living in the Bay Area. I value the environment, I try to live lightly and simply on the earth. I have always been focused on social justice issues and this has led me to sit on the Human Rights Commission in my county and intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. I met my spouse in Rwanda while working in human rights advocacy. Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. I respect all people and I am committed to cultural humility.