Director of Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Support – MS, LMHC, RH, IBCLC
Pronouns: she / her / hers
The reproductive and parenting years often pose unique challenges. They also offer unique opportunities for personal growth. Depression, anxiety, loss, grief, and trauma may be experienced for the first time or may rise up again from years ago. Support may be needed for the learning curve involved in parenting children with medical challenges and special needs. Our hearts and minds may be called to learn, grow, and heal in ways we couldn’t do before. And stories we were handed down about who we are may need to be re-written so that we can live our lives as whole people. No one was meant to go through these journeys alone.
I provide psychotherapy services and serve as the Director of Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Support here at Sandbox Therapy Group. I have lived biculturally and bilingually (English and Farsi) for over 30 years. My experience with cross-cultural living, therapy, and research allows me to work respectfully and effectively with people who have various cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, beliefs, and life circumstances. I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and am Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. In addition, I am trained in EMDR, ego state therapy, and clinical hypnosis, all of which are helpful therapies for treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and other challenges. I formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, where I taught counseling skills. I am an author, consultant, and internationally recognized speaker who provides psychology, equity/diversity/inclusion, lactation, and perinatal-related training and education to health care providers, mental health care providers, organizations, and individuals.
I believe that—even during our greatest struggles—each person has strengths and solutions within them. I strive to create a safe space in which clients can harness hope and their inherent ability to heal and grow so that they can move toward creating lives characterized by meaning and well-being. I am honored to walk alongside my clients on their journeys. And I invite you to reach out with any questions about starting therapy.
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
- Trauma and PTSD
- Domestic Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders
Types of Therapy Offered:
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Culturally Sensitive
- Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
- Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)