Navigating the mental health system can be overwhelming. Finding a therapist trained in the reproductive period that takes your insurance, is affordable, accessible and available is next to impossible. PS-WA is dedicated to reducing barriers people face in accessing high quality mental health care. Our new therapy program is designed to provide the care you need, where you want it: in your home, in the community, online, or in the office.
Due to COVID-19 we are only offering online services at the moment. We look forward to being able to expand our services in time. We have 5 highly skilled therapists and interns with both lived and professional experience serving childbearing families.
Online therapy for common experiences including:
We treat a variety of common concerns including infertility, perinatal loss, birth trauma, postpartum adjustment issues such as depression, anxiety, and panic, breast/chestfeeding stress/trauma, relationship concerns since baby, and unwanted feelings such as anger, rage, irritability.
To access our therapy program please complete a request for services
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Insurance, sliding scale & free therapy available.
Services available regardless of income or insurance.
We are currently in network with Premera, Lifewise, and Cigna ( Molina and Aetna coming soon). Whether you are in network with one of these companies or have another insurance plan we are happy to support you to navigate your insurance and treatment options.
SLIDING SCALE & FREE THERAPY CARE
We can complete a benefit check to determine your out-of-pocket costs, as well as determine a sliding scale option that will work for you. Lastly, we can offer free of charge services for families who are experiencing severe financial hardships.
Meet our online therapy team:
Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PHM-C, RPT-S, BCD
Clinical Supervisor and Trainer (she/her)
Meyleen is a Latinx psychotherapist specializing in perinatal and infant mental health. She is a social work doctoral student focusing her research on anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in mental health.
Haley Brandenburg, LICSWA
My name is Haley Brandenburg. I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters degree in clinical Social Work from Walla Walla University. I have experience conducting therapy groups with children and adolescents within an educational setting.
Marquita Smith-Straus, MSW, LICSWA
Marquita is a Black social worker and birth professional, specializing in birth trauma and
perinatal/neonatal grief and loss. Marquita has over 15 years of experience working with clients.
She has served as a full spectrum doula (birth, postpartum, and bereavement), breastfeeding peer
counselor, childbirth educator, perinatal bereavement group facilitator, and trained as a midwife.
My name is Emily Raabe. I am a mother to a two and four year old, and I am working with families through the transitions of parenthood. I hold an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State in Psychology, and am currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington. My focus is on perinatal female identifying populations.
Krystal Silva, ND, LAc
Krystal has worked supporting women and families with the transition to parenthood in her capacity as a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, lactation specialist and parent educator.
Emma Summer, MAT
MA Therapist Intern (she/her)
I come to counseling from over a decade working with perinatal families as a doula. Through my experience attending hundreds of births and accompanying families in their homes as they adjusted to postpartum life, I learned the importance of specialized support during this tender and expansive time.
MSW Intern Therapist (she/her)
I am excited to be here and finishing my master of social work degree with a mental health emphasis at University of Washington. I am a parent of two young wild children and offer solidarity for complicated pregnancies, childbirth and postpartum journeys. I am learning to embrace the absolute chaos and emotional messiness of parenting and believe it takes a village to raise a parent!
Meagan Bernatchez, MSWc/MPHc
From working for 2 years in community-based In-Home Family Therapy outside of Boston, MA, I have experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, connecting families to community supports, and understanding attachment and family systems. I had the honor of learning from midwives and doulas while living in Uganda, a cross-cultural experience that reminds me of the many ways to birth and parent. My background in public health helps me to see the ecosystem surrounding each individual and ensures the aims of equity and justice are always present in my work. I consider these modalities along with flexibility and creativity to meet you where you are at, using these tools to help best meet your needs and strengths.
"I wish someone had told me what to expect. I wish someone had talked about what they went through, or directed me toward finding out what other women went through, so that I didn't feel so utterly crazy."