Welcome! I'm Shirley, and I Consider myself an incurable, pathological optimist, knowing that even if everything is not okay, we can be.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Roswell, GA
Supervised by Jennifer Vann, LMFT; Kara McDaniel, PhD, LPC
Even when women don't have postpartum depression, pregnancy and postpartum periods can be very stressful: Our bodies change, our hormones rush, but more than anything: our identity changes. We are no longer who we were, but we often don't know how to be the new "us". Too often, we also do all that alone, while we're physically exhausted. This is true for all genders, in different ways. I am here to help you navigate the storm, and become the best versions of the new you.
First and foremost grief seems to rip us of knowing who we are. It is not only a reaction to the loss of someone or something that we loved, but of who we were with that something or someone. To top that, too often people around us keep their distance, not knowing what to do. I believe we each have our own way to grieve. I also believe that doing the next right thing is the next right thing FOR YOU. I am here to help you find what is the next right thing FOR YOU.
If you had an abortion - I know it was a hard decision to make and a difficult process to go through. I also know, that you're experiencing loss that is hard to talk about, because society judges you. I am here to offer you a judgement free space. Losing a wanted pregnancy goes against what we believe is the nature's way. It's losing someone we never met, yet loved dearly, it's losing the hopes we had for them.
Be it following the death of a loved one or other non-death loss, grief takes away from our confidence in who we are and how we operate in the world. We grieve not only that which we have lost, but also the parts of our identity connected to it. I am here to walk the journey with you, as you integrate your loss into your life. We will hold both your most terrible pain and your best hope. Together.