Moxie Motherhood is focused on supporting the strongest version of you through the motherhood journey. I help with this through counseling, life coaching and support groups. I also teach classes on a number of relevant topics that strengthen your relationships to withstand the emotional challenges presented by infertility and pregnancy through parenting. My educational background is in the fields of psychology and clinical social work. My professional experiences have been in hospitals and clinics, the U.S. Military, nonprofits and private practice.
"Prioritizing our maternal mental health before and after baby needs to become the norm — not the exception." -Jen Schwartz
Women trying to conceive and those who are pregnant will likely spend most of their time managing nausea, fatigue, swelling, moodiness and other discomforts. Their diets and schedules will change. They, along with their partners (and women anxiously awaiting to adopt) will weed through a multitude of appointments and paperwork, plan who and how to care for their baby, navigate maternity/paternity leave, research baby items and prepare their home. Even before a bump and a baby, women start sacrificing their physical, mental and emotional needs in an effort to "start a family".
Personal and professional experiences guide us in life. Moxie was born from not only my education and clinical experiences, but from supporting families through reproductive concerns and conditions including PMS, PMDD, decisions on conception and family planning, infertility and fertility treatments, pregnancy, loss and pregnancy after loss, adoption, surrogacy, postpartum and postplacement adjustment, child feeding challenges, perimenopause and menopause, gynecological conditions and postoperative recovery associated with sexual and physical assault, perineal trauma, obstetric violence, cancer, hysterectomy, lumpectomy, mastectomy.
Many of the mood changes associated with these experiences go unrecognized and untreated in our community. Women deserve better. Fathers and partners deserve better. Families deserve better.
Here’s what I wish was part of every assessment by a provider in a women's health or early childhood health visit.
Conversations about the association between women's health and decision-making as well as reproductive health and treatment on mental health and the impact on women, children and families.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders are real and women need professional treatment by specialized providers versed in maternal mental health, trauma-informed care and cultural humility.
You are not alone. When possible, a support system should be identified and appropriate community resources provided to assist women in addressing their mental health.
There is a lot of stigma associated with mental health, against women, particularly those from marginalized groups. There are also assessment and treatment options that honor language, orientation and culture.
Take control of what you have control over. For example, throw out your birth plan and replace it with a postpartum support plan. Speak up if your provider is not listening to you or is making you feel uncomfortable.
There may be something "wrong", but there is nothing wrong with YOU. Mental illness is treatable. Suffering can be replaced by hope. Relationships can recover.
The journey through womanhood and motherhood will test you in unique ways. You’re allowed to struggle. You’re allowed to fall apart. You’re allowed to feel like quitting. One of the gifts of my experiences is greater empathy and a passion for helping other women and their partners. Please find the counseling tab to learn more about my services.
Motherhood brings you to your knees in a way that doesn't leave room for you to judge others. It makes you see that there's no ideal - a constant struggle, constantly compromising, but ultimate love. -Maggie Gyllenhaal
If you are a parent or parent-to-be in California, check out Postpartum Support International- CA Chapter.
Regardless of where you are, you can get support from nurse midwives, mental health providers, lactation consultants, parent educators, postpartum physical therapists and sleep experts (as well as free webinars) via Pebble Parents.
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA License No. LCSW 82213
(Texas License No. 35678)
Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
Associate of Arts Degree in Spanish, Monterey Defense Language Institute
Your Beyond Coaching, Course Completion
Group Coaching Expands the Independent Practice, Course Completion
Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge, Instructor Certification
Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge and Skills, Instructor Certification
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Love and Logic Parenting, Instructor Certification
123 Magic Parenting, Curriculum Instruction
Common Sense Parenting, Curriculum Instruction
Postpartum Support International Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals
Postpartum Support International Member
2020Mom Ambassador (2019/2020)
Co-Founded MomSquad Napa Valley
Napa Moms Member
National Association of Social Workers Member