Hi, I’m Emily!
I am a trauma informed Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider (PMH-C) specializing in perinatal mental health and wellness. I support women and their families navigating through their fertility journey, the pregnancy and postpartum period, and throughout motherhood. My experience in the field of women’s and perinatal mental health spans the past 14 years where I’ve worked in community mental health, hospital setting and private practice.
Throughout my journey, I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse group of women and their families. The foremost takeaway is this – people are incredibly resilient. Our resilience is reflected through our growth and the emotional scars we carry with us. In overcoming hardships like trauma, loss, life transitions and the abundant twists, turns and road blocks life brings our way. It is not in spite of, but because of our struggles that I believe we all have the capacity to flourish and it already lies within each of us.
I know from my own journey of motherhood how incredibly overwhelming and isolating it feels at times. How joy and loss coexist. How the identity shift of becoming a mom is complex and interwoven with our own experiences of being mothered. How crippling the feeling that something bad is going to happen, coupled with nervous energy, that is so akin to postpartum anxiety. It is both a beautiful and brutal journey. You are not alone in your journey and with help, you will be well.
Hi, I’m Jen!
I am a trauma informed Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with experience working both inpatient & outpatient OB/GYN hospital setting as well as in my role as a birth doula. I discovered the world of maternal health in 2014, when I was invited to be apart of my friend’s delivery. It was the most life changing experience for me. I knew, then, that I had to change my vocational direction, thus beginning a path towards supporting women in the perinatal period. I became a doula shortly after her birth, and quickly realized the many unique challenges women face as their families grow and change. I love being a doula, and I will always practice doula work when I can. However, I began looking into the various ways I could continue to support women and families, beyond labor work. I found social work in 2015, and I have never looked back. Throughout graduate school, I did everything I could to specialize in maternal health and work with women. In the hospital and diverse community settings, I have lead groups, helped families access key resources, processed through grief and loss, and intervened in a variety of crises.
I have had the honor of walking through this season, with all its highs and lows, alongside many patients, clients, and friends. I hope I can be a supportive presence in this beautiful and possibly difficult time for you. There is so much “both and” when it comes to the perinatal period. Losses and gains, throughout. I aim to help you find space for all of it. We are complex, as people, often having many different emotions at once. This is totally normal! Society puts far too much pressure on mothers to have it all together and nail it on their first try, all the while acting like it was easy. I hope to provide space that honors your process and encourages you to find your true inner peace and confidence. You are enough.
Hi, I’m Tali!
I am a licensed social worker (LSW) with experience helping women across the lifespan in diverse outpatient mental health settings. I use a trauma-informed, relational approach to connect with you and support you as you navigate your experience as a woman. Together, we will discover what it means to be your authentic self within your partnership, family, or community. Together, we will discover your innate capacity to flourish.
My passion for perinatal mental health has developed from my lived experience as a woman and partner forming an identity within society at large, and more specifically, a cultural community. This stage of life is full of unpredictability, ups and downs, joys and challenges, growth and loss. It can feel confusing and isolating. Memories of our own experience of being mothered can resurface. What I have learned, however, is this: you are important, you are deserving, you are enough. We will create a space of self-understanding and self-compassion for you to discover your own resilience and what it means for you to flourish. You are worthy of a place to explore the role of being a woman and the identity shift of becoming a mother. Above all, you are not alone in this, and with help you will be well. It will be a privilege to sit with you and bear witness to your story, to hold the space for you to explore your values and your worth, and to be with you as you discover your strength.
Hi, I’m Hadeel!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with women of various backgrounds in both the Detroit and Chicago area, utilizing multi-cultural counseling approaches with women of various cultural backgrounds.
I am is invested in an approach emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health. I am particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving intervention to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health.
My therapeutic approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. I utilize an integrative approach in counseling based on a psychodynamic approach. As a lifelong learner, I continue to seek ongoing updates to my clinical skills and knowledge base.
I provide individual, couples, family and group therapy across the lifespan, specializing in the following areas: women’s issues, depression, anxiety, couple’s conflict, grief and loss, mood disorders, emotional abuse, self-esteem/self-image, relationship issues, workplace stress, life management and anger.
Hi, I’m Kara!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master of Education in Counseling. My career first led me into the world of higher education where I provided career counseling and academic advising to college students. It wasn’t until I experienced first hand the need for a perinatal mental health specialist that I even knew this type of work existed. Once I was introduced to this specialization, and on the other side of my own journey, I realized I had the education and personal experience to support a career shift. I am extremely passionate about the world of perinatal mental health and would be honored to join you during this season of your life.
I received a Master of Education in Counseling from DePaul University in 2013. I have also completed specialized training with Postpartum Support International and have a certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Hi, I’m Sara!
I have extensive experience and specialized training working with women and families through various stages across the lifespan. I have worked in various settings such as healthcare, early childhood, violence prevention, refugee and immigrant services, and community mental health. For most of my career I have managed a perinatal and parenting support program for parents and families providing counseling and psychoeducation on maternal health, reproductive justice, parent-child attachment, and early childhood development.
My areas of specialization are in transition and adjustment to life changes, prenatal and parental anxiety, depression, parent-child attachment issues, grief and pregnancy loss, perinatal trauma, perinatal mood disorders, and women’s issues across the lifespan.
Hi, I’m Bridget!
I received my Bachelor of Accounting degree from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and my Masters of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. I worked as an auditor of public companies before moving into internal accounting and financial reporting. When my children were born, I took a step back from the workforce to be a stay at home mom. I am excited to utilize my experience to support the Flourish team.
Hi, I’m Danielle !
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (ALMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) committed to working with couples, individuals and families. My first career as a child life specialist led me into the field of healthcare, where I helped infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement. While working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), I was introduced to the world of perinatal mental health and haven’t looked back since. Whether you are experiencing challenges with fertility, pregnancy, through postpartum and parenthood, I am here for you.
Hi, I’m Neila !
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) committed to working with couples, individuals, and families. In addition to perinatal care, my clinical interests include infertility, infidelity, interracial/interfaith/intercultural couples, self and identity development, journey to self-compassion, and sexual trauma.
I believe you guide our work and I’m here to collaborate with you to shape our therapeutic process to meet our goals. Therapy is challenging and unique to each person, giving me the opportunity to integrate a number of interventions, such as communication skill-building, emotional regulation, and exploration of self. As an Algerian-American, I understand how complex human identities are, so I approach our work by using a strengths-based systemic lens to identify and deepen my understanding of the intersection of your identities.
Hi, I’m Kate !
As a clinical social work intern at Flourish, I work with clients to support and empower them on their journey to healing and wholeness. As a therapist and a writer, I believe that an essential part of therapy revolves around meaning making, as we work to make sense of the past and move forward into the future with purpose. Therapy can feel both scary and exciting, and I will provide a safe space to look at your experiences and relationships and determine what role they played in your life and how they shaped your narrative. I strive above all to be a trauma informed therapist. The patterns that challenge us are often ones we developed from having to survive difficult or traumatic experiences. I believe that healing exists at the intersection of acceptance and change, and that multiple truths can exist at the same time without having to be contradictory.
Hi, I’m Aleiya !
I am currently completing my master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Following completion of my BA in philosophy and English literature, I worked for many years as a full-time caregiver for young children. My caregiving work deepened both my respect for the healing power of our relationships and cultivated my passion for maternal and family wellness. As a therapist at Flourish Counseling, I will offer a trauma-informed, relational approach. I believe that we find insight and empowerment in our lives through exploration of our personal histories, identities, and relationships. I believe we can remain safe and grounded in this work by practicing presence in our bodies through mindfulness and the ongoing development of somatic skills.