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I am a psychologist, author, educator and mom. An expert in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I learned the importance of self-care in maintaining health and well-being while treating pregnant and postpartum moms, but kept searching for more effective ways to reduce anxiety, worry and self-criticism.
For the past decade, I have focused on mindfulness-based solutions to remedy stress and negative thinking.
I was inspired to study stress reduction and write the Stress Less Live Better Program after experiencing several challenges in my own life.
In 2014, I had head surgery for a benign tumor in my inner ear. The recovery was tough and the mindfulness skills I learned made it bearable when I thought I would never feel better again. Then in 2015, I discovered a lump in my breast. I was extremely frightened and thought I could lose my life. During my surgery and radiation, I practiced mindfulness to ease the constant stress and tension in my body and mind.
In 2016, I got a divorce after 31 years of marriage and my mother was diagnosed with dementia. I have overseen her health needs and financial affairs since then. The last four years have truly been a wild ride and without my mindfulness skills I would have been unable to have peace of mind and enjoy my life through these stormy times.
Don’t forget to join me tomorrow for my zoom webinar at 10am about pregnancy, postpartum and early motherhood. We’d love to see you there! To access the webinar tomorrow: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89237250082 Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based … Continue reading Webinar Tomorrow
May is maternal mental health month. A time when we recognize the profound impact having a child has on our mental health. When women become pregnant for the first time or postpartum which follows having a child, they often experience their first full-blown episode of anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Moms who miscarry, … Continue reading Maternal Mental Health: A Kinder, Gentler View of Motherhood