I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a private practice in Wallingford, Seattle specializing in women’s mental health and new family support.  In addition to my clinical practice, I am a long term board member and current Program Director at Perinatal Support Washington a state wide non-profit focused exclusively on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). I also serve as a member of the Program Committee at Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) where I run a weekly support group called Adjusting to Parenthood for new moms that is jointly sponsored by both organizations.

I received a Master in Social Work at the University of Washington School of Social Work and BA from Evergreen State College.  I have specialized training in parenting, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, women’s issues across our lifespan, childhood or recent trauma– including sexual abuse or assault,  relationship difficulties, major life changes and stressors.  My practice focuses mostly on women, but I welcome dads into my practice in connection with partners around parenting and postpartum challenges, or in couples counseling. 

I have worked with new parents for over 15 years.  Before beginning my clinical social work training I worked in the birth field as a postpartum doula and apprenticed for 2 years as a midwife.  In these early years of working with new parents,  it became very evident that new parents need specialized care by trained professionals who keenly understand the perinatal period.  Since this time, I have trained in several different modalities of working with new families including  infant observation, dyadic parent- infant work, group work with new moms, and individual therapy.

 

Articles and Blog posts written by Mia-

Talking honestly about Postpartum Mood Disorder-  Seattle’s Child Magazine June 2015 Baby Edition

Parenting: Its not a test-  PEPS Parenting Blog post Oct 2014

Its not you -  PEPS Parenting Blog August 2014

10 Ways to take care of yourself after having a baby (or a toddler or a teenager)-  PEPS Parenting Blog July 2014