Intake Session / Diagnostic Assessment
All therapy begins with an intake session focusing on exploring your concerns and what you’d like to work on together. It helps us get to know one another as we begin your therapeutic journey. A mental health diagnostic assessment (DA) is used to explore current symptoms, functioning, and your personal life history which helps identify contextual factors that may be contributing to how you’re feeling. It can result in a mental health diagnosis, which is required if you want to use your insurance to help cover the costs of mental health/therapeutic services.
Individual & Family Therapy
Sessions focus on working with a trained professional who meets with one person (individual therapy) or two or more partners or family members (family therapy) to work on improving their relationship with one another. Therapy for couples is considered family therapy. Common therapeutic techniques depend on the presenting need. Examples include trauma- and attachment-focused interventions; eye movement therapy such as EMDR or Accelerated Resolution Therapy; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy; Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy; and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support
Also known as perinatal mental health, or therapy for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Mothers, fathers, birthing bodies, and partners all need support during this beautiful and challenging part of life. Sessions focus on working with a professional trained in perinatal mental health to provide support, advocacy, connection to additional resources, teaching adaptive coping skills, and education related to adjustment to pregnancy, parenting, and postpartum. Common therapeutic techniques utilized include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; EMDR or ART; Emotionally Focused Individual/Couple Therapy; Mothers and Babies Program; Circle of Security-Parenting; and specifically guided recommendations from Postpartum Support International.
Adjustment to Parenthood
Simply put, life changes when you become a parent, and that's quite an oversimplification. It’s much more complex than that and comes with a number of seen and unforeseen changes on an individual, couple, and family level. Often called “the fourth trimester” parents and caregivers need support, education, and adjustment counseling to help aid them in understanding and accepting life as they now know it. Focusing on prioritizing sleep in addition to monitoring and/or addressing perinatal mental health issues is crucial. Caring for someone else when you're not feeling the best is HARD. Common therapeutic techniques utilized include Child-Parent Psychotherapy; the Gottman “Bringing Home Baby” materials; Emotionally Focused Individual/Couple therapy; psychoeducation and more depending on the needs of the individual and/or family system.
Navigating fertility issues can be particularly devastating, confusing, and uncertain. The grief can be so heavy. Sessions focus on meeting with a professional trained in infertility counseling to offer support, and learn adaptive coping skills to navigate the ups and downs of infertility. Common therapeutic techniques utilized include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; EMDR or ART; Emotionally Focused Individual/Couple Therapy; and specifically guided training from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Psychoeducation Consultation for Intended Parent(s)
As part of the process for using donor gametes and/or embryo donation, intended parents are required to meet with a trained mental health professional for a psychoeducation consultation to explore factors related to use of donor sperm/egg, mental health considerations, options for family building, raising a donor-conceived child, and other topics as recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). A primary goal of this consultation is informed consent. These sessions are $150, generally an hour in length, and are not billed to insurance. Topics are generally covered in 1-2 sessions.
Eye Movement Therapy
Eye movement therapy helps to alleviate symptoms of trauma that show up in our lives as negative beliefs, stuck emotions, and bodily sensations that need our attention to work through. Eye movements are paired with visual, tactile, or auditory bilateral stimulation to stimulate both the logical and emotional sides of our brain in a way that teaches our brain to calm when imagining distressing memories. Eye movement therapies are evidence-based, effective, and work quickly. Common therapeutic techniques utilized include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).