Pregnancy, childbirth, and life with your new baby are not what you expected it to be.
You feel like a bad parent no matter what you do.
You miss your partner and wonder if having a baby has ruined your relationship.
Add all of the stress and sleeplessness on top of the other issues with work, money, and family— It’s scary and lonely at times.
You are not alone.
Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, for yourself, your partner, and your relationship. It’s a new journey, an opportunity to grow together even when it feels like it’s pulling you apart.
- Individual and family therapy for moms and dads - It’s common for new parents to experience stress during this transition, but sometimes the stress can make managing every day life feel impossible. You are doing the best you can, but you feel guilty for not being enough to your kids or your partner, and this feeling never seems to go away. Therapy can help you get the support and care you need to get relief and start enjoying your life and relationships again.
- Couples Therapy - Most couples experience a drop in their relationship satisfaction after having kids. You don’t have the energy for romance or sex, and it might even be the last thing on your mind right now. Maybe your partner just doesn’t understand what it’s been like for you. The harder you try, the more it feels like you are getting it wrong. You miss that spark, and crave the connection that you had before. You are worried that becoming parents has ruined your relationship. Couples therapy can help you get to the heart of the issues driving a wedge between you and help you to: revive intimacy and your sex life, co-parent better, reconnect in your friendship, argue less, and have more productive communication.
- Bringing Baby Home for couples program is a research-based couples parenting workshop that focuses on strengthening the foundation of the couple relationship for co-parenting and long-term relationship satisfaction to support your growing family. Workshop goals include learning how to maintain relationship satisfaction and intimacy after having a baby, reduce relationship hostility and increase affection, nurture baby’s development and promote positive parent-baby interactions, promote quality co-parenting with your partner, and prevent postpartum stress.
I love working with families through pregnancy, postpartum, and the early parenting years. There is so much excitement and hope for the future of their growing family--with that I see the motivation and strength in families to build a better life for themselves and their family.
Families are also faced with many challenges and self-doubt, after all, every family is unique and there are no one-size-fits-all instructions for how to get it right. That's where I come in, to support families in their journey to find their own way to being a good parent, a loving partner, and enjoy their life and relationships. I believe meeting parents where they are is the best place to start the process for healing and growth.
Wherever you are in your life and parenting journey, I offer a non-judgmental space for you to be open and real about what it’s been like becoming a parent and where you would like to be.
I completed a Bachelor's and Masters in Psychology. My Master's specialization is in Couples and Family Therapy. I've completed post-graduate training in Medical Family Therapy. I continue training in women’s health, perinatal mental health concerns, Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, and have extensive training and experience with United States military/Veterans and family needs. I am also an approved facilitator of the Gottman Seven Principles Program and Bringing Baby Home program.
My approach is based on a mind-body approach with emphasis on developmental and attachment perspectives. I use cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems therapies. With couples, I use an integrative Gottman and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy approach. I am an active therapist and work with clients collaboratively, meaning I respect the expertise and strengths that my clients bring to our work. I share education and practical strategies for you to help you adjust to life as a new parent and support your journey long after therapy ends.
Disclosure: I am licensed to provide mental health services under the supervision of an independently licensed, Ohio-approved supervisor. Supervision is only required for the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.My supervisor’s name is Zoey Holguin, IMFT-S (#F.1500009-SUPV). My supervisor is held to the same laws and rules I am to protect your confidentiality.