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Therapy for Anxious Mamas

Did you have a traumatic or upsetting childhood yourself

and now you fear parenting?

Do you find yourself getting triggered by your children's big emotions

and not sure why?

Feel like you know the mama you want to be, but feel stuck?

Does parenting have you stuck in fight, flight, or freeze?



Intake and Assessment

All clients start therapy with a thorough intake and assessment process. This is crucial for understanding what brought you to seek therapy. Assessment includes: 

  • Reason for seeking therapy

  • History

    • Medical​

    • Family ​​

    • Developmental 

    • Educational/Vocational

    • Legal

  • Exploring traumas

    • It is important to note, that traumas are not discussed in detail during the intake and assessment phase, but it is important to name events that were upsetting or scary at the time they occurred​

  • Identifying symptoms of concern​

  • Some assessments are formal such as:

    • PHQ 9 and GAD, which are short assessments sent through the portal for teenagers and adults​

    • YBOSC which is used to explore OCD obsessions and compulsions

    • SCARED, YCPC, Vanderbilt and other assessments if needed for children (many of these assessments are completed by the caregiver)


Treatment Planning

Treatment planning involves developing the goals of therapy and desired results of meeting these goals

  • What do you want to be different as a result of therapy?

    • How will you know that these goals have been achieved?​

  • How much time are you willing or able to put in?​​

    • It is recommended that therapy occur weekly for the first 4-6 weeks. With a gradual decrease in sessions based on progress.

    • Depending on goals and severity of symptoms treatment can last anywhere from 3 months to a year.


The Work

Clients make the most progress when they are fully committed to the therapy process. This includes showing up at the agreed upon session time, being receptive to the work and completing any action plans between sessions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention are the most evidenced based models for treating anxiety and OCD. Clients can expect that using these models therapist will encourage the clients to challenge their thoughts, consider different possibilities, engage in relaxation such as mindfulness and practice exposures of situations that cause distress. 

While a significant amount of work is completed during sessions, clients are expected to practice skills and engage in exposures in between sessions. These are outlined in action plans created and agreed on by both the client and therapist.

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