ONLINE THERAPY

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.  We support individuals up to about 24 months postpartum.

To access our therapy program please complete a request for services

1-888-404-7763

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therapy@perinatalsupport.org

Insurance, sliding scale & free therapy available.

Services available regardless of income or insurance.

INSURANCE
We are currently in network with Premera, Lifewise, Cigna, First Choice, Kaiser PPO & HMO, Regence, and Aetna.  WA Apple Health Plans:  Molina, Coordinated Care, Wellpoint (Amerigroup), Community Health Plan of WA (CHPW).   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.  Please look at our therapist bios to learn more about which therapists are in network with your plan.

SLIDING SCALE & FREE THERAPY CARE
For clients with Medicaid/Apple Health plans that we are not in network with we are able to provide pro-bono through a grants.  For clients with private insurance other than those listed above, 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.

Waiting for therapy? Join a support group now:

Adjusting to Parenthood
This group is led by our Clinical Director, Mia Edidin, LICSW.  The group is a great place to get support while you are waiting or in addition to 1:1 therapy.
Fridays at 11:30am - 1pm on Zoom

PS-WA Support Group for Dads

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 8:00-9:30 pm. Virtual

Join other self-identifying Dads and Fathers-to-be in this online support group, hosted by a fellow Dad of three young kids. Wherever you are in the parenting journey, from trying to get pregnant, to caring for a newborn, up through parenting a 2-year-old, this group is for you.

Register here: https://bit.ly/pswadadsgroup

Meet our online therapy team:

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Mia Edidin, LICSWA

Clinical Director

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Kristine Lynam, LICSW, PMH-C

Clinical Supervisor (she/her)

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Kristine Lynam, LICSW, PMH-C (she/her)

My name is Kristine (she/her) and I began working with birthing parents in 2002 as a medical social worker.  I quickly learned that I really enjoyed working in our Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic as well as with NICU families and began to specialize in this area.  At my first PSI conference I felt inspired by the work being done in this community and worked with our Perinatal Psychiatrist to bring therapy services to outpatient clinics so that parents could get everything they needed to be well in one place.  Mostly recently, I worked at Seattle Children’s NICU as a perinatal therapist. I have practiced in both Minnesota and Washington and am an approved clinical social work supervisor in both states. 

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Desirée Luerene Israel, LCSW-C, LICSW, CBS

Clinical Supervisor (she/her)

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Desirée Luerene Israel, LCSW-C, LICSW, CBS (she/her)

Using her own experience and compassion in hopes to heal others, Desirée completed training as a birth doula in 2014 and Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) Components of Care Training on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) in 2015. Additionally, Desirée completed the Maternal Mental Health Intensive training through Seleni Institute in March 2017 and serves as a Maryland co-coordinator for PSI.

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Escarleth De Leon, M.S., LMFT

Clinical Therapist (she/her)

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Escarleth De Leon, M.S., LMFT, Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Washington State with experience in serving children and families. I believe that supporting families during the perinatal stage is crucial and this is what led me to join this team. I have worked in Community Mental Health, schools, home-visiting and in private practice settings.

I was born and raised in Guatemala, where I earned my Degree in Teaching with emphasis in Home-Economics. Soon, after completing my training, I came to the United States and have lived in Whatcom County since 1996. I have been married to my husband since nineteen ninety-nine and together have two daughters. 

During my time in this country, I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a certificate in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have served children and families in several settings and contexts, which has enriched my experience as a therapist.

 I am a passionate learner and have pursued additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Sex Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention (ExRP) and Perinatal Mental Health. I provide services in Spanish and English and bring my knowledge and experience of being part of the Latin-American community.

In my free time, nothing is more important to me than spending quality time with my family. 

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Clinical Therapist (she/her)

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Haley Brandenburg, LICSWA (she/her)

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.

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Clinical Therapist (she/her)

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Emily Raabe, LSWAIC, Therapist (she/her)

My name is Emily Raabe. I am a mother to a five and seven year old, and I am working with families through the transitions of parenthood. I received my Bachelor's of Arts (BA) in Psychology from San Francisco State University and then went on to receive my Master's in Social Work (MSW) with a mental health concentration from the University of Washington. I completed a practicum at Perinatal Support Washington focusing on the Warm Line where I offer support and resources to clients. I followed up with a practicum at Perinatal Support Washington as an intern therapist where I received training specifically in perinatal therapy.

I strive to be a source of support through early parenthood, a time where I personally could have benefited from more mental health support. My interests include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the challenges around feeding babies, relationships, birth trauma, infertility, grief and loss and young and/or first time moms.

I believe that support is crucial, and in our society, perinatal individuals don’t often get the support they need. I am passionate towards giving clients a supportive space where they can discuss their authentic experience within pregnancy and postpartum. Our culture serves us a picture of perinatal perfection but that wasn’t my reality and I am here to guide clients through their own perinatal experience. I focus on self care, mindful self compassion and coping strategies to give clients a space to develop skills that can help support them throughout parenthood.

In my free time I like cooking and eating delicious food, socializing and meeting new people, listening to podcasts and going on coffee and muffin dates with my kids.

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Aida Juarez, BA, IBCLC, MSWc

Clinical Therapist (she/her)

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Aida Juarez (she/her), Warm Line Bilingual Specialist

Aida coordinates our Spanish Warm Line, supporting our Spanish-speaking callers, developing culturally-relevant policies and procedures, and translating outreach materials. Aida joined PS-WA after attending a group peer support (GPS) training in Yakima.

For the past 20 years, Aida has been working with pregnant mothers, infants, and their families, providing brief counseling and referrals as a certified counselor and lactation specialist. She is the Social Services Department Manager at Tri-Cities Community Health, running the day-to-day operations of the department’s Maternity Support Services, WIC, Peer Counselor, and Outreach Programs.

Aida.Juarez (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Heather Taft, BA, SUDP, MAc

Clinical Therapist (she/her)

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Heather Taft, BA, SUDP, MAc

When we face difficulties in life, often there is a tendency to want to move away from the pain rather than accept our current circumstances. This is a very natural response. However, as the saying goes, what we resist, persists. Many of our mental health challenges are rooted in deeper stories that are calling out to be heard. I am here to listen, understand, and support you. My background as an addiction counselor has allowed me to work with individuals who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, parenting challenges, birth trauma, and addiction issues. I offer a very warm, nonjudgmental, and strengths-based approach to counseling. My areas of interest in counseling include perinatal mental health, somatic experiencing, mind-body connection, intergenerational trauma, attachment parenting, and examination of core relational dynamics. Together, we will create a safe space for you to process through life’s current challenges, build skills and support as needed, and help you tap into the many strengths that you already possess.

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Stephanie Lewis

Parent Support and Warm Line Specialist

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Stephanie Lewis, (she/her) Parent Support and Warm Line Specialist

My name is Stephanie Lewis and I am a wife , and mother to 3. I have served the African American/black community as a doula for 3 years and found my passion in supporting families as they transitioned into parenthood and the postpartum period. Shortly after attending births as a doula, I began to facilitate PEPs groups for black/african american families in my community and have a passion for holding space for families during this transitional time and offering support around resources, education and ways to pour into their wellness through parenting.

After having my last child, I had a challenging time with my mental health trying to adjust to being a mother of 3 and feeling isolated with lack of community. Over the years navigating my mental health and finding the tools and support I needed made all the difference for me. I want to be able to share and support others the way I wish I had support in such a rocky time. Being able to join PS-WA and hold space for families on the warm line and support them in finding the resources they need to create wellness for themselves is an honor. 

I have a passion for learning and exploring holistic health and wellness and teach yoga in my community. I homeschool my 3 children and love being outdoors in nature whenever I can.

stephanie.lewis (at) perinatalsupport (dot) org

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Emily Schneider

Clinical Therapist Intern (she/her)

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Emily Schneider

Hello! My name is Emily (she/her), and I am a Clinical Therapy Intern. Originally from Alaska, I got my BA in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and am currently pursuing my master’s in social work from Portland State University. I became interested in the field of perinatal mental health after dealing with my own postpartum struggles. I gave birth to a very premature baby on Halloween of 2022 and experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, a long NICU stay, and breastfeeding difficulties. I found a lot of relief in therapy, and now I hope to be able to provide that same service to others. I have a particular interest in working with individuals who are experiencing/have experienced preterm birth, a NICU stay, breast/chestfeeding difficulties, and birth trauma. My style of interacting with clients involves humor, warmth, empathy, and developing a strong relationship. I look forward to meeting you!

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Laurie Levy, LMHCA

Clinical Therapist, Extern(she/her)

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Laurie Levy (she/her)

The reality of fertility, birth, and parenting is often quite different than what we see in the media. It isn’t always easy. Every family deserves support and community. I am glad that you are here seeking that! I believe the best way to have a positive impact on the future is through supporting those raising the next generations – parents. As a birth doula, massage therapist, and perinatal educator for over 20 years, I have been honored to assist hundreds of families in welcoming their little ones. I am indebted to these families who allowed me into their lives, sharing their joys and difficulties with conception, birth, and navigating new identities as a parent.

In addition to these experiences, I earned my Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and have done advanced training through LIOS at Bastyr University. My therapy style draws from several disciplines. Central to all are principles of non-judgement, anti-oppression, bodily intelligence, and the belief that clients are the experts on their own experience. I have a special place in my heart for supporting families who have experienced perinatal loss or high-risk pregnancies, had difficulty becoming pregnant, are experiencing anxiety/depression, and/or identify as LGBTQIA+.

On a personal note, I produce an annual comedy show/fundraiser about motherhood that benefits Seattle-based parent support organizations. I am an avid crafter and reader, queer-identified, culturally Jewish, a PMAD survivor, and an east coaster. I live in Seattle with my three red-headed kids, my partner, and a bevy of animals.

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Maria Mittag Chalfan

Clinical Therapist Intern (she/her)

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Maria Mittag Chalfant, Ph.D. Psych.

Hello, my name is Maria, and I warmly welcome you to this journey of self-discovery and growth. Taking the step to seek support and healing can be both liberating and challenging, but please know that I am here to create a safe and supportive space for you. My approach is rooted in compassion and understanding, free from judgment. Together, we will focus on the goals that matter most to you.

 

I am a dedicated clinical intern therapist. My educational background includes a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, a PhD in Psychology, and a certificate in Trauma Counseling. Currently, I am pursuing a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree at Antioch University in Seattle. Alongside my counseling experience, I have a strong foundation in neuroscience, where I have studied the neural functioning of individuals with developmental difficulties from infancy to adulthood. This diverse experience fuels my enthusiasm for the field of perinatal and infant mental health.

 

My journey into counseling was deeply influenced by a profound sense of purpose and a heartfelt compassion for perinatal individuals facing their unique challenges. I have witnessed the transformative power of counseling during the perinatal period, motivating me to specialize in this area. I understand the importance of community and support during this critical time, especially when you might be far from family or feeling isolated in your struggles. I am here to provide that support and extend a helping hand.

 

In my counseling practice, I embrace an integrative approach, drawing from various therapeutic techniques, including Polyvagal Theory, Internal Family Systems work, attachment theory, and mindfulness. This enables me to tailor our sessions to your unique needs and circumstances. My passion lies in guiding individuals through the intricate landscape of loss, grief, and trauma, particularly during the perinatal journey. I am proficient in providing services in both English and German.

 

Outside of my counseling work, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the outdoors through activities like rafting and yoga. I also like listening to podcasts and having meaningful conversations with friends from all corners of the globe.

 

I genuinely appreciate your trust in me as a part of your therapeutic journey. Your decision to seek support reflects your strength and resilience, and I am here to provide unwavering support every step of the way.

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Kyoko Robertson

Clinical Therapist, Intern (she/her)

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Kyoko Robertson

Kyoko (key-oh-co) (she/her) is a Clinical Intern who is training at Antioch University for her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has and will continue to dedicate her career to partnering with marginalized communities for a better quality of life. Collective liberation is at the center of her practice. As the daughter of a single mother who struggled with mental health concerns throughout her perinatal journey, Kyoko has a heart to work with people who share her mother’s experiences. Her goal is to become a sex therapist and has interest in helping clients explore intimacy and connection during the perinatal period.

She is Spanish-speaking and hopes to provide services in Spanish in the near future. She is invested in her local community and supports organizations like The Lavender Project, Stop the Sweeps, PNW Black Pride, and Green Light Project Seattle.

Kyoko sits on the Board of Directors of the Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness as the Graduate Student Representative. She is also a Program Assistant for the Latinx Mental Health and Social Justice Institute through Antioch University.

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Miriam Korngold

Clinical Therapist, Intern (she/her)

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Miriam Korngold (she/her)

I am a clinical intern and graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at Antioch University in Seattle. My research and coursework at Antioch have focused on perinatal mood disorders, attachment theory, and somatic theory. I joined Perinatal Support Washington because the perinatal population is dear to my heart.

 

I believe healing from trauma is possible. I strive to create space for my clients to notice and process the full range of emotions accompanying their perinatal experiences, especially those emotions that society may not allow them to express elsewhere. I aim to help my clients gain increased resilience, self compassion, and insight into their life experiences.

 

My therapeutic approach incorporates a range of modalities, including:

  • somatic theory (focusing on body experiences and regulating the nervous system);
  • attachment theory and family systems theory (exploring family roles and relationship patterns);
  • feminist theory (recognizing systemic barriers facing clients); and
  • solution-focused therapy (examining what is already working well in clients' lives).
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Maddie Clay

Intake Coordinator Intern (she/her)

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Madison Clay (she/her)

My name is Maddie and I am thrilled to be able to act as a support for parents in the perinatal period who are seeking mental health care. I completed an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at Tufts University and am a first year Master of Social Work candidate with a clinical concentration at the University of Washington. In the future, I hope to become a therapist who specializes in perinatal and reproductive mental health and sexual health.

"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."

- Tyrese L. Coleman