Family building can be rough!
Planning to have a baby is a unique time rich with possibility. While imagining a new little human in your life, you hope everything goes well and without a hitch. Okay, you got this, then ugh, a roadblock.
...Your body's not cooperating, and now you need infertility treatment
...Pregnancy is SO tiring, beyond anything you imagined.
...Birth wasn't anything you expected (what was that birth plan for?)
...You are frustrated with yourself that you just can't do it all.
...Taking care of a newborn (let alone yourself) all day, 24/7, with no end in sight is too much!
...Without sleep this is all seeming impossible.
This SHOULD be easier, right? Heck, millions of people have gone before, and yet how do people do this?? Your downtime is filled thoughts of worst case scenarios and "what if's."Feeling stuck, and like a big failure, something needs to give. How am I going to get through this? You are pushed to your limits and so ready for a change..
Needless to say, these experiences are downright overwhelming, make you doubt your choices (who thought it was a good idea to have a baby?), leave you alone in your suffering, and scared to talk about how you feel (someone might take away the baby.) Its a no win situation.
Reaching out for help is courageous and you're in the right place. Renee Racik is a compassionate counselor who listens without judgment and guides you back to yourself. Renee will help you put into words what your experiencing, and make a plan with you to get through. With time and support you will find your sea legs and learn to walk in a new way. Renee is honored to join you in this safe and nourishing space, for you to begin to unwind and take a breather. You deserve it.
Together we can address:
anxiety and depression
birth processing (for parents and birthworkers)
miscarriage and infant loss
new parent identity & returning to work
breast/chest feeding & newborn care
donor conception & queer family making
adoptees, DCP and genetic origins
Wherever you are in your family building journey- trying to concieve, grieving a loss, expecting, or newly postpartum- we are not made to navigate our most vulnerable experiences alone, and you don't have to. This is a specially crafted safe place just for you in this time of big decisions and life changes. Here you can be gently held and cared for as you process what has been, what is currently, and how to get to where you want to be.
What a rich time of change and transformation and a perfect time to prioritize yourself and your healing. By untangling the stress in your nervous system, taking this opportunity will not only serve you but will serve future generations as well.
$150/ 50 min
Relationships can take a hard hit with challenges that arise in this sensitive time. Staying ahead of the ball can help you grow together by keeping the communication lines open and tended to. Counseling provides you the space to clarify your changing wants and needs in a safe container with non-biased support.
$225/ 80 min
Isolation can be a large component of anxiety and depression. Connecting with others who are going through similar issues can be life changing and offer hope with new perspectives.
Each group meets weekly for 4 weeks with 4 - 6 participants.
$75/80 min group
Who is Renee?
I've been described as nurturing and warm, yet direct. This makes sense as a former East Coaster, now softened by living on the West Coast. I believe that where we are from, both in land and cultures, shape the ways we experience and make meaning of the world and our place in it. Coming from small-town Pennsylvania, PNW landscapes take my breath away. Working and residing in the Seattle area on the traditional territories of the Duwamish, Snohomish, Suquamish, Stillaguamish and Lummi people, I feel grateful for the richness of water, whales, and indiginous visibility. My current personal intersection of identities are as a white, cis, queer, single-parent-by-choice, which is to say, I am no stranger to a path to parenthood that has it's challenges.
My past clinical experience includes working as a play therapist in the child welfare system and as a therapist at a rape crisis center, working with survivors of sexual assault. For 20+ years, I've also been a Doula, supporting parents of preemie twins transition home from the NICU and attending births.
I'm certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor through Perinatal Support International (PSI) and am a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Mental Health Professionals Group.
Supervised by Jennifer Kennett, LMHC
The mission at RPC
is to support those who have to work just a little bit harder to make a family happen. Infertility, miscarriage and loss, a hard pregnancy, traumatic birth, postpartum depression and all the worries that come with having a newborn- Whatever it is, my wish is that providing specialized suppor will help break the self doubt and isolation, and make these issues less scary to talk about.
Add any of these struggles to individuals who are LGBTQIA or BIPOC, and you are at an intersection where systems majorly lack support. These are spaces I like to occupy, so I'm giving a shout out, but I work with anyone who is struggling with reproductive issues, regardless of background and identities. I come from a feminist, liberation and social justice lens. (Who's down to balance the mental load already!)
Childbearing is a unique time in that our vulnerability exposes parts of ourselves that need support with such clarity. Kudos to you for listening to yourself, reaching out, and landing here.
What is a PMH-C?
You might be wondering what are those letters are after my name. "The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings, adding an advanced-training component," from the Postpartum Support International website.
Racik Perinatal Counseling is in support of LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC folx, single parents, all relationship structures, and is inclusive of all bodies, sizes, abilities and differences. Different ways of building family are welcome, including using assisted reproductive technologies, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and any other family building options. There are many ways to make family, and yours is welcome here.
Racik Perinatal Counseling Is For:
any gender intended parents
egg & sperm donors
adoptive birth/first parents
adoptees/ donor conceived people