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Perinatal mental health

Symptom Reduction and Deeper Transformation

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.

Structured and Solution Focused

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 babybi-polar disorder, adoption, miscarriageinfant loss, and abortion. For an expert in infertility or third-party reproduction, please see the Utah Infertility Resource Center’s website.

My approach is structured, solution-focused and individualized to help you feel better as quickly as possible.

i look forward to working with you

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My practice has moved to telemedicine for the foreseeable future. When you become a client, I send a link to my hippa-compliant virtual office. All sessions are currently available via Telehealth only through Doxyme, Facetime, or phone call.

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Fees & Policies

Fees

50-Minute Session – Individuals: $150

50-Minute Session – Couples: $175

I am no longer paneled with insurance companies but can offer you a superbill to submit for out of network reimbursement. HSA cards accepted.

Policies

CANCELLATION POLICY.   Please give 24 hours (1 working day) notice of cancellation. For Monday appointments, cancellations must occur on the prior Friday. For less than 24 hours notice, the full cost of the visit will be charged to you credit card on file.

URGENT NEEDS.  If you feel you are in crisis, you can leave a message on my voicemail and expect a return call, in most cases, within 24-48 business hours.  If your emergency is so acute that waiting for a response is not appropriate, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.  UNI Crisis Service can also be reached 24/7 at (801) 583-2500.

EMAIL & PRIVACY.  Client information will not be shared, sold or otherwise disclosed to any other party except as requested by the client in writing. The law protects the relationship between a client and therapist with the exception of the following situations:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
  • Therapists are required by law to report incidences of sexual misconduct on the part of other therapists.
  • Additionally, I may consult with my clinical supervisor and/or consultation group without disclosing any identifiable information.
  • I abide by HIPAA practice standards.

There are limits to protecting your confidentiality over the internet.  Please consider the information you submit over the internet prior to sending.  Please do not use email or “contact us” form to send messages of a personal or confidential nature. Even though I do my best to keep my email confidential, email is copied, archived, and retransmitted continuously as part of normal processing. Because of this, please use email only to request information about my services, or other non-confidential matters.

There are several ways you can communicate with me without having to send information over the Internet: in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Email and texting is intended in my practice for administrative purposes i.e. changing appointment times, contacting me to request an appointment, or confirm appointment times. Please recognize that email or texting is not completely secure or confidential. If you choose to communicate via email, be aware that emails are retained in the logs of internet service providers. While it is unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are in theory available to be read by the system administrator(s) of the internet service provider. Please be aware that any emails received or sent can become part of the legal record.