Relationships and building the Village

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Birth Processing

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Postpartum Parenting
 

 

Emotional support for you through fertility, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period

counseling. expert information. practical resources. 

W E L C O M E

Family building is hard enough. Meeting unforseen challenges along the way can be downright overwhelming, make you doubt yourself, and leave you feeling alone. Counseling provides support and guidance so that your story can be one of connection, resilience and support.

 

The childbearing years are rich with learning, and by nature, touch the depths of our humanity.

When unexpected challenges arise, we are forced to reckon, and our familiar patterns show up in how we cope with stress. Reaching out for help is a courageous move, and I am honored to join with you to work through these big life transitions. I create a safe and nourishing therapeutic connection with you to collaborate on your well-being and issues related to:  

  •  anxiety and depression

  • infertility

  • birth trauma processing

  • miscarriage and infant loss

  • relationship issues

  • new parent identity integration & returning to work

  • breastfeeding, newborn care, and attachment

  • PMADS

Racik Perinatal Counseling is an inclusive counseling practice that recognizes all families, and supports all types of family building. This includes creating family with reproductive assistance, through donor conception, adoption, foster care, and surrogacy. With that said, queer, trans, BIPOC, single parents by choice, poly folks, as well as any others are welcome and encouraged to seek counseling services here.

Building our families impacts people differently. Specialized support is available for:

  • Egg & sperm donors, surrogates, birth/first parents- acknowledging your stories and struggles 

  • Donor conceived people and adoptees- supporting your journey with both social and genetic family

  • Birth professionals- birth story processing to help with vicarious trauma/ overwhelm

  • Solo parents by choice- planning, village building and self-care in unprecidented times

  • LGBTIA+ family building- considering options, taking on systemic challenges with creativity

  • BIPOC families- recognizing racism and systematic inadequacies and being your ally

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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 gently land, to be held and cared for as you process what has been, what is currently, and how to get to where you want to be. 

 

About Renée

     There is one moment, in particular, that continues to inspire my work to this day. At ten years old, all I wanted was a sister. My mom's unplanned pregnancy (while hard on her) was the miracle I had dreamed of. After nine months of anticipation, we arrived at the moment of my sister's emergence from my mother's tired body. Witnessing her birth sparked a knowing in me, that in time ripened into a passion for birth, awe for birthing parents, and a deep devotion to families inviting transformation by way of having children. I can say that since the beginning of my working life, my jobs have centered around caring for families in the perinatal time.

      Fast forward many years, when I had my own child, and I finally understood first hand the need for more attention to mental well-being in the perinatal period. I was reignited to support parents after my own deep dive. I trained to become a perinatal mental health counselor through Perinatal Support International. Now, creating a safe container for birthing parents to lean on is what I am here for. 

     I have affinity to work with marginalized populations- those who have to work just a little bit harder to make a family happen within already lacking systems. The journey is hard enough without added barriers, and if I can be a force to support and uplift in the face of adversity along the way, I'm there.  I come from a feminist, social justice lens, with liberation at the helm. We work collaboratively to meet your goals, examine limiting beliefs, and shift patterns. Most importantly, we can direct our joint attention on your inner landscape.  so that we can practice embodying our deepest truth and best self, while simultaneously wading in our full human and authentic therapeutic connection. 

     I have an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, a counseling degree that is based in the psychodynamic model, yet integrates contemplative practices of mindfulness and meditation. My clinical work has included community mental health, child welfare, sexual assault and my current clinical focus of perinatal mental health. I'm a certified Perinatal Mental Health Counselor through Perinatal Support International and a member of ASRM's Mental Health Professionals Group.

     I am often described as nurturing and warm, yet direct - true to my East Coast roots, yet softened by living on the West Coast. I am a queer, solo mom by choice, and continue to learn from this unique parenthood path. My life is a delightful mix of parenting and contributing to a small community on a rural island in the Salish Sea of Washington.

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