#2 Modern Issues in the Transitions to Parenthood: Dealing with Judgment!

Most people have heard the quote, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” (J.M. Barrie) but what does that really mean? When I think of battles, I think about the most common “battle” we are fighting on a daily basis, which is the “fight” to feel OK about ourselves! Brene Brown has famously called this “the hustle for worthiness” in...
read more

Advanced Consultation and Training in Postpartum Mental Health for Psychotherapists!

perinatal_consultation_group flyer ShareHi Everyone! I am excited to announce that I am starting a consultation and study group for psychotherapists interested in furthering their skills, knowledge, and expertise in working with postpartum women and their families! I am so passionate about my work with women and families transitioning into parenthood as it is such a poignant time of change, joy,...
read more

Women and Happiness: Re-learning important lessons

ShareHi everyone! I just returned from a long weekend in NYC where I attended a conference entitled Women and Happiness: The Give and Take of Joy. I was inspired to go by a few things. If you read my blog, then you know that I am in the midst of career shift that has required me (and continues to require me) to practice courage and mindfully tolerate uncertainty. In the name of maintaining...
read more

Practicing Self-Care: Moving from “Should” to “Good” Habits

ShareHi everyone! If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that yesterday I gave a talk on self-care for the Maternal and Child Health Program in the School of Public Health at UIC. (which is an amazing program!) This was such a great opportunity for me to consolidate all the reading, studying, and practicing I’ve been doing in this area for myself and to help my psychotherapy clients....
read more

Follow-up to yesterday’s blog post on anti-depressant use during pregnancy!

ShareHi everyone! Yesterday I blogged about the debate and high levels of anxiety that accompany the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and often during breastfeeding as well. A colleague of mine referred me to a TED Talk on the increase in birth defects all over the world that seems to be related to the relatively new chemical compounds used in agriculture, and used to produce...
read more

Depression during and after Pregnancy – the ongoing debate about treatment

ShareWithin the last year, several studies have been published linking the use of anti-depressants during pregnancy to scary outcomes in babies. Probably the most disturbing was a study published last summer in the Archives of General Psychiatry linking anti-depressant use during pregnancy to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders. Just last month, a study was published in the British...
read more