Elizabeth Hentschel, PhD (The Parenting Well)
I work with people who are trying to conceive, pregnant or otherwise expecting, or parenting. At times, my clients feel stressed and overwhelmed, down, and fear. Because these experiences feel so familiar, my clients rarely notice costs in their lives until they start looking back and wishing they could have soaked up moments they missed. People rarely talk openly about the realities of pregnancy, fertility challenges, adoption, and parenting. No matter how prepared to grow your family you felt, you now feel painfully aware of how little you can know and how challenging the transitions can be. You may compare yourself to people on social media, in articles, and around you. You may believe that everyone judges you, and, let’s face it, you may judge yourself. You often feel a swell of emotions – happiness, shame, love, regret, hope – all at the same time. And you’re not sure where to turn for real, honest support. Parents and parents-to-be often devote themselves to others, but they seldom devote energy to understanding their own needs. I encourage my clients to acknowledge their messy thoughts and challenging feelings, accept the validity of their experience, and focus energy on working hard for themselves, in service of their family.
PSI Perinatal Mental Health 2-Day Certificate Course No
PSI/2020 Mom Online Maternal Mental Health Certificate Course No
PSI Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Course No
PMH Certification Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C)
Provider type/license # I am licensed in the state of Texas (#37645).
Additional specialized Perinatal Mental Health training completed Seleni Institute Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Seleni Institute Grief and Loss
- I use video conferencing to meet with my clients. Some people have concerns about whether they’ll like this way of connecting or whether it will be effective. I find that clients appreciate the service because they don’t spend time traveling to and from the appointment, they don’t have to necessarily find childcare, and they can meet from the comfort of their own space. It’s nice to fit an appointment between meetings or fix a cup of coffee and sit in a place you love. And, in case you’re still curious, research tells us that people do build good therapeutic relationships and meet their goals using video conferencing.