Supporting Moms & Growing Families in South Orange County and Online To Create Happy & Healthy Futures

IS THE ADJUSTMENT TO PARENTHOOD WHAT YOU EXPECTED?

Before kids, you knew you would face difficult days and sleep exhaustion but you didn’t honestly believe that some days could be so challenging. Women are amazing at balancing family, relationships, work, caring for children and managing their households. It definitely has its ups and downs. However, it can often leave you feeling depleted and yearning for more.

As a mom of two girls, and a therapist, there is one thing I know for sure: Being a mom is one of the hardest and biggest life changing experiences you will ever go through. Your friends may make it look easy and you wonder what you are doing wrong. Guilt and worry are a common experience for many moms, yet being honest about it with friends can be intimidating. Postpartum anxiety and depression can linger leaving you wondering if you will ever feel like yourself again.

Making a decision about whether to work or stay home can also be difficult. Some moms know they want to go back to work, or need to work, and then struggle with balancing it all. Other moms know they want to stay home, or work from home, but struggle with the daily demands and wish they had more time for themselves.

You may have experienced an easy transition with one child but found it much more challenging after the second or third came along. Or the first may have been the biggest transition! Each child brings their own personalities and temperaments and you have to decode what they need.

Seeking help is the first step towards wellness for yourself and family. Finding a therapist who “gets” you and is the right fit is so important. As a mom, you need someone who will understand how you are feeling and help you sort through the tough times.

You Are Not Alone and I’m Here To Give You Hope.

My years of experience as a Play Therapist have given me a lot of insight into why children may be behaving in a certain way. I look underneath the behavior to explore what may be contributing to a child’s behavior. I then work with parents to make changes that will impact these relationships and get you back on the right track. 

 

It is normal to think that your situation will get better with time. You may have waited to see if you feel better or if your child’s behavior improves. As a new mom, you may be trying to just survive until you feel confident and happy with your new role. But so far, it isn’t working.

I approach therapy from a whole person/family wellness mindset. I focus on a person/family’s strengths and build on what is already working. In therapy I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches to tailor our work together. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Family Systems, Mindfulness and EMDR. The goals we create together focus on improving the areas in your life that need support and change.

 

A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME

My passion for working with mothers and children was cultivated in graduate school. While pursuing a Master of Social Work degree, I quickly learned I loved working with young families. Early in my career, I was a therapist in an early childhood program for kids experiencing emotional trauma and behavior problems. Here, I was able to utilize play therapy and saw how kids responded and expressed their feelings more readily through play.

Fast forward to today, I have been privileged to serve in countless areas of social work including a family birth center for new moms, children’s hospitals, mental health crisis team, and a trauma counseling center. I also taught social work at the graduate level and now have operated a private practice for 15 years.

I value honesty and promise to walk with you through the messiness of family life and new parenthood and not to judge your parenting decisions. I have a relaxed style and seek to come alongside to support and encourage you in your unique family journey.

I help Moms with:

  • Anxiety, Depression and Stress
  • Adjustment to Motherhood
  • Birth Trauma, Difficult Birth and NICU Stays
  • Adoption 
  • Managing day to day stress and overwhelm
  • Life Balance
  • Decisions about work and childcare

I help parents with:

  • Parenting challenging babies, toddlers and young children
  •  Sensitive kids
  • Parenting medically fragile/special needs children
  • Understanding your unique child
  • Parenting adopted children
  • Attachment/Bonding/Connection
  • Pre and post adoption
  • School Decisions

I help young children (under 7) with:

  • Anxiety/Separation Anxiety
  • Adoption/International Adoption
  • Managing Emotions
  • Grief and loss
  •  Tantrums
  • Medical Trauma

I have invested a lot of time in specialized trainings specifically to support moms and growing families including:

  • Perinatal/Maternal Mental Health
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Bringing Baby Home: Education for expectant and new parents to help in the transition to parenthood.
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Play Therapy:  Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
  • Theraplay: An evidence based practice focusing on supporting connection and joy between parents and children
  • TBRI (Trust Based Relational Therapy) geared towards adopted children who have had difficult early life experiences

I offer therapy sessions in my Mission Viejo office and online sessions for moms and parents who live anywhere in California.  I have a separate playroom for young children in my office and can meet you for “walk and talk” sessions if that is more convenient.

Beyond working with moms and growing families, I love coffee, cooking Thai food, travel, exercise, and playing in the sun with my beach-loving family. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story and interests, too and learning how The Nest Family Therapy may help you on your journey.

Contact Me Today to schedule your Free 20 minute phone consultation

I’d love to find out how I can help you and if I’m the right therapist for you

 

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