“I just don’t feel like myself”
“I’m so exhausted, why can’t I fall asleep?”
“What if our partnership can’t survive this?”
“Am I a terrible parent?”
“What if we never have sex again?”
“This wasn’t supposed to feel like this. What if I’m going crazy?”
“What if I never get over them?”
Are these the questions that keep you up at night? You are not alone. Get help via my Telemedicine platform from the comfort of your home…
Anxiety and Depression:
I excel at helping folks with mood or anxiety symptoms. If you’re angry all the time, unmotivated, extremely fatigued, overwhelmed with panic and worry, or just don’t feel like yourself, let’s talk. I see all genders and folks without children, from 18-90 in my practice. If you’d like to see if we’re a good fit, don’t hesitate to text or call. (801) 948-8811.
Perinatal Mental Health Counseling:
“No one said it’d be easy but this is not what we expected!” If becoming pregnant, having a baby, or adopting has left you feeling constantly anxious, sleepless, irritable, angry, and tearful even when you think you “should” feel happy, you may be suffering from symptoms of pregnancy or postpartum depression without necessarily feeling “depressed”. In fact, these symptoms fall into a category called “Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders” meaning conception through the first year after birth, and can be far from what we think of as “Postpartum depression”. They apply to adoptive parents, same sex couples, and are seen in much higher rates in transgender parents and people of color. (See my signs and symptoms tab for more info on different conditions) Rage, insomnia, constant worries, and even scary thoughts are common for around a quarter of all birthing people in the first year after adding a new baby to the family. Because most parents with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are able to take great care of their children and will feel more anxious and irritable than sad, these serious conditions are easy to dismiss. However, the cost of not getting support is high for the entire family.
Symptoms of PTSD are present for an equal number of birthing people following childbirth and affect partners who witness the birth as well. Parents who don’t seek help early on may feel not like themselves for months or years. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International. My approach is structured, solution-focused and individualized to help you feel better as quickly as possible. I have worked with hundreds of “postpartum couples” and have witnessed partnerships strengthened, energy restored, and the experience of parenting enjoyed once again, or perhaps for the first time over and over again. There is hope. You will feel like yourself again! My expertise in perinatal mental health also includes working with those facing traumatic birth, a NICU baby, bi-polar disorder, adoption, miscarriage, infant loss, and abortion. For an expert in infertility or third-party reproduction, please see the Utah Infertility Resource Center’s website.
Full transparency- I am not tethered to keeping your partnership together. I am deeply committed to supporting you both in healthy relating, healing through partnership, and functional relationships. My style and questions are designed to encourage folks in this direction, regardless of what you may choose in terms of the future of the relationship.
What is healthy and safe for us isn’t always clear. How to create safety in relationships isn’t a skill we learn in school! Learning how to respond rather than react isn’t natural for most of us. And how to communicate effectively in a way your partner can hear is rarely a skill we learn on our own. I can work with you to identify your fears and behaviors that keep you from getting what you really want in your relationship. I use my understanding of attachment styles in relationships as well as early childhood wounding to facilitate deeper compassion for yourself and your partner. I also help those unsure if they are in an addictive or abusive relationship to identity what’s “really going on”, find their voice, and discover new choices and ways of thinking about their situation.
I utilize the Gottman Method of couples counseling which is evidenced based, simple in approach, practical, and effective. I typically meet with you and your partner together, then each individually and after having you complete some online questionnaires, we meet again together to go over a “relationship blueprint” for making the changes you desire. When we can understand the fears behind the “attack, blame, withdraw” cycle so many of us find ourselves in, relationships can be transformed and old wounds can be healed. There is always hope for growth in a relationship when we are willing to explore our feelings, needs, and behaviors and learn concrete tools for managing and communicating them. I’m honored to work with many couples who have reestablished their bond, improved their sex lives, and feel more connected and joyful in their partnership.
I also facilitate those healing from a breakup in finding a deeper relationship to self than before leading to a trust in life and themselves, with more discernment moving forward. Your heart can heal.
Abuse & Trauma recovery:
If you feel that a traumatic childhood history or incident has impacted your day to day life, I would love to work with you. I have a particular interest in toxic relationship and emotional abuse recovery as well as in working with survivors of sexual abuse, emotional incest, assault, and rape. I utilize a variety of body-based and energy psychology modalities which are evidenced based treatments that prevent re-traumatization and guide you back to safety in the body as soon as possible. Feel free to call to discuss.
Please leave me a message or text today and you’ll hear from me within 24 hours. All sessions are currently available via Telehealth only through Doxyme, Facetime, or phone call.
(801) 948-8811. I look forward to working with you!