Kate Hestwood, LCSW, PMH-C
I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified perinatal mental health therapist with over fifteen years of experience working with people in diverse counseling settings.
My approach to counseling is practical, supportive, and collaborative. It is understandable that it can feel vulnerable to ask for help. By forming an authentic professional relationship while working to alleviate distress, my goal is for therapy to feel safe and effective. My background includes over fifteen years in diverse counseling organizations which gave me a rich experience treating different mental health challenges including relationship conflicts, anxiety, grief, sexual assault, abuse, community violence, first responder trauma, as well as pregnancy & postpartum challenges. Engaging in therapy is brave and takes a lot of strength. I use your values and goals to guide our work together. I believe that we all have the ability to address and manage our personal challenges. We often just need assistance in identifying and implementing skills to do so.
The prenatal, postpartum and adoption experiences are a time of significant transition and uncertainty. Just as in adolescence, the shift to motherhood is greatly influenced by hormonal changes, identity changes, the impact of life experiences and preconceived expectations for the future. It can be a time of simultaneous joy, sadness, exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, and a time of loss. New and seasoned parents do not need to navigate this huge life transition on their own.
Trauma is a normal emotional response to an overwhelming experience. Some times that response becomes prolonged distress and suffering. Sadness and pain are part of life but suffering from previous experiences does not necessarily need to be long term. The aftermath of trauma can lead to feelings including guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, and loss of self. These symptoms of trauma can be alleviated if support is received and effective skills are learned to better process your role and the meaning of the experience to you.
I specialize in trauma recovery & maternal mental health but treat a variety of issues. I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy which is endorsed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies as a best practice to treat PTSD. I am certified in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International.