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 your choices, and leave you feeling alone. Counseling provides support and guidance so that you can feel connected, empowered and resilient, even in the face of hardship.
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 during these big life transitions. I create a safe and nourishing space where we can collaborate on issues related to:
anxiety and depression
miscarriage and infant loss
new parent identity & returning to work
breast/chest feeding & newborn care
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.
There is one moment,
long ago, that stands out as a sourcepoint that leads to today. At ten years old, all I wanted was a sibling. After years of pleading and begging, my mom was pregnant- an unplanned pregnancy. My dreams were alive, and while she didn't plan for this, her solace was my enthusiasm for helping.
Witnessing my sister's birth ignited something wild in my core, and set me on a path that continues to grow and transform me. This practice stems from that initial spark of passion for birth, awe for parents, and a forever devotion to newborns and their families. My own struggles with postpartum anxiety and sleep deprivation gave me the push to bring this practice into being.
I've been described as nurturing and warm, yet direct. My current personal intersection of identities are as a white, cis, queer, single parent by choice. I work collaboratively with you toward your goals and we will help you to build skills, discover your inner landscape, and enhance your strength to manage this stressful time.
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, rough pregnancy, traumatic birth and/or postpartum depression and scary thoughts- they can happen when we least expect it, throw us off course and be debilitating.
Add any of these struggles to individuals who are LGBTQIA or BIPOC, or identify as any other marginalized population, and you find yourself at an intersection where systems majorly lack support. These are spaces I like to occupy. I come from a feminist, social justice lens, with liberation at the helm.
My past clinical experience includes working in child welfare and with survivors of sexual assault, and I was a doula for 20 years. 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
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
donor conceived people
adoptive birth/first parents