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 any of our programs please call our Warm Line or request a call back.
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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.
Her practice supports individuals identifying as women and clinicians working on practicing from an anti-oppressive framework.
She sits on the Board of the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health and has served as the Chair for the Florida Chapter of Postpartum Support International and as the past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She enjoys training, speaking, and writing and believes that the more we can support each other, the better for our communities. You can follow her on YouTube or Instagram @meyleenvelasquez or at www.hummingbirdcounseling.com.
Haifa Hanzala, LICSWA
I believe in adopting a person-centered approach to therapy and in tailoring sessions to my clients’ needs. It is always my goal to create a nonjudgmental space for my clients to be their most authentic selves, so that we may dedicate our time to addressing their needs in the ways that best serve them.
Given that our trauma and psychological pain manifest physically, my approach to therapy is strongly rooted in body-centered healing and mindfulness-based techniques. I believe that these approaches are even more relevant to childbearing people, whose lives and bodies undergo incomparable emotional and physical transformation.
My interest in working with childbearing people also stems from my belief that perinatal mental health and well-being have a significant impact on societal health at large. Parents have the immense responsibility of shaping future members of our communities and societies, and I believe both parents and children deserve to be in environments that will allow for the best possible outcomes. I hope to hold space for and help new parents that have either experienced PMADs or are experiencing PMADS by providing them with the support and tools necessary to navigate their individual experiences.
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.
Upon completion of my advanced degree I chose to take time out of the field to raise a family. My husband and I, and our two sons now live in the beautiful Methow Valley in Washington state.
Parenthood is a path that encompasses both joy and hardship. For most, including myself, navigating this transition alone can lead to unexpected challenges. My desire to help parents realize they aren't alone on their journey motivated me to become trained in a research based peer support model called Group Peer Support sponsored by Perinatal Support Washington. I've actively facilitated parent support groups this last year.
Supporting parents emotionally along their journey has been a true honor. Above all it is my hope that therapy can be another safe place for new parents to discover their self-worth, as well as, learn strategies that help them parent with confidence.
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.
She brings her holistic perspective in working with women and their partners, to discover and develop a personalized plan for the challenges that can arise both before and after birth.
Krystal has advanced training and certificates in breastfeeding and postpartum mood disorders. She also has trained as a birth doula and Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator. Her first love and first career was as a public high school teacher in California. As a health care professional, she has taught classes and led support groups for new parents covering topics such as sleep, low milk supply, relationship issues, and general adjustment in finding a “new normal”. She recently moved back from 4 years of living, traveling, and learning in Southeast Asia.
She now lives in Seattle with her husband, tween and teen daughters, 2 cuddly Singaporean cats, and an adorable goldendoodle puppy. All are learning to school, work and play from home, with varying levels of success and harmony on a day to day basis.
Yvette McKee, LICSWA
Hi there! My name is Yvette McKee. I am a Seattlite, (who lovingly sees myself as a Southern-PNWer), cis-gendered Black woman. My upbringing and lived experiences have informed my identities that reflect those of the communities I work with.
My journey to discovering my love for supporting pregnant people and new families began with my own birth- being born to a teen mother in the 60’s. Since my teenage years, I’ve supported family and friends during their birthing years, and subsequently became a Birth Doula and Doula Trainer. When I became a mother, I understood what the magnitude and value of having culturally appropriate and reflective resources, support, care and respect means to the pregnant persons well-being, especially mentally and socially, during the postpartum period.
I believe our bodies are strong, capable and smart. I believe we’re in this together. I believe in Black Lives Matter and in the message of the movement because WE are not whole until YOU are whole; YOU matter to me! I’m so very honored to work with and support you in your maternal and postpartum journey.
MSW Intern Therapist (she/her)
After experiencing postpartum depression firsthand, Katie decided to become a postpartum doula and then go on to get her master’s in social work so that she may better serve families in need of support while also advocating for birth justice.
Katie is passionate about her work in perinatal mental health and will soon be graduating from University of Washington’s MSW program. Her interests are in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, early infant loss, trauma, birth trauma, breastfeeding difficulties, prenatal mood disorders, and seasonal affective disorder.
Katie’s knowledge and interest in advocacy revolves around Black and Native maternal health, reproductive rights, intergenerational trauma-informed care, and the need for postpartum anticipatory guidance.
Katie Gibson is originally from Tennessee. She has practiced as a mental health professional in California, Hawaii, and Washington. She is a water sign and must be near water to thrive. In her free time she enjoys swimming, hanging out with family (including fur babies), spending time outside, reading, and having dance parties in her living room.
"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."