LivingRite, the Center for Behavioral Health
I am licensed in the state of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. LivingRite is located in Algonquin, IL. I specialize in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, birth trauma, pregnancy loss and infertility, and couples. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety: Perinatal depression and anxiety often coincide and many of the symptoms overlap. The causes of perinatal depression and anxiety include hormonal, biochemical, environmental, psychological, and genetic factors. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can occur as women try to control their emotions while attending to their baby, which can manifest into difficulties with bonding and attachment. Birth Trauma: I also have advanced clinical training in perinatal and birth trauma. Research has shown that approximately one in three women experience some type of birth trauma. Giving birth can be a frightening experience for some women, whether it is due to a drop in baby’s heart rate, an emergency caesarean, a medical intervention during birth, or your baby suffered injuries during the birthing process, or the feeling of not being cared during labor and delivery. These experiences can lead to trauma symptoms including heightened anxiety, flashbacks, painful subjective experience, avoidance and hypervigilance. Birth trauma, especially if left untreated, can lead to difficulty with attachment and bonding with your baby and even your partner. This type of trauma can also have a detrimental effect on the development of emotion regulation capacities. Often, individuals learn to rely on avoidance to cope with the painful, powerful, and confusing emotions. Chronic avoidance is associated with several psychological issues including interpersonal difficulties. Avoidance of traumatic events can also perpetuate trauma symptoms. I believe that an important part of therapy in working with birth trauma is the emotional processing of traumatic memories; exploring self-related difficulties, such as fear and shame, as well as associated cognitions and core beliefs about yourself and your birthing related experience. Perinatal loss and infertility: I am also trained to provide evidenced-based treatment to bereavement care for perinatal and newborn loss. Pregnancy loss and infertility is devastating and an extremely vulnerable time for women. This time can also be taxing on the couples’ relationship. Women often struggle with both physical and emotional pain that is overwhelming. Guilt, fear, anger, and shame are common emotions to women and couples experiencing miscarriages and infertility. In my approach, I will work with you to make sense of your emotions and experience through awareness, expression, regulation, reflection, and transformation. I further believe it is important to attend closely to your attachment histories and significant life events to be able to identify patterns in relationships and behaviors with yourself and significant other. Couples: I have completed advanced clinical training through Level 3 in Gottman’s Method for Couples Therapy. Gottman’s Method for couples therapy is a research-based approach to help couples build stronger friendship, share appreciation and respect, learn how to manage conflict, develop a positive approach to problem-solving, and increase closeness and intimacy. I am certified in Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home, which is an educator program to help you and/or your partner transition to- or become acclimated to parenting, form a secure attachment pattern with your baby and your partner, learn emotion-coaching parenting and attachment parenting techniques, and enhance marital satisfaction after baby arrives. I also have advanced clinical training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that focuses on the couples’ present experience and their negative patterns of interactions, while placing emotions at the clinical forefront of therapy. I will work with how you and your partner respond and react emotionally to each other’s underlying needs and help create new ways of interacting in order to strengthen and validate attachment and emotional bonds.
PSI Perinatal Mental Health 2-Day Certificate Course Yes
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 # Licensed Clinical Psychologist