Building a family can seem like a simple process, so when it starts to take time or for medical reasons, interventions are suggested, this can feel startling. I have specialized training in working with individuals and couples managing the assisted reproductive process as well as coping with infertility.
Pregnancy and new parenthood is an exciting time in a person's life. A person's identity shifts dramatically during this normative event, but the aftershocks can feel unmooring. I have specialized training in working with postpartum and pregnancy mental health issues. I was appointed by Maryland's Governor to serve on the Maternal Mental Health Task Force to look at ways that the state can better serve new parents.
Grief and loss can have such a huge impact on us as it is one of the things we fear most--loving and then losing. I work, in particular, with reproductive grief and loss (infertility, pregnancy and neonatal losses). Grief has its own timeline for each person and how we learn to relate and connect to someone we've lost is a part of the healing process.
While coming from a program that was psychodynamic in nature, I never felt that that one theory was enough for the complexities of a person. I have received postdoctoral training in integrative therapy, which uses all of the major orientations and explores how they interconnect and best suit a variety of presenting issues and people.
I am working towards certification in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) and work mostly with reproductive traumas.