Peaks and Valleys Perinatal Counseling
Individual therapy is a partnership between a trained mental health clinician and an individual client.
What can I expect in therapy?
During weekly sessions, your therapist will work to create a safe, caring and confidential environment. When clients feel comfortable with their therapist, they are better able to explore their own emotional experiences. View Fees here.
How long is treatment?
The length of treatment can vary depending on the client’s individual goals and the severity of the symptoms they are experiencing--some folks see a therapist for 8-12 weeks and experience improvement, while others choose to participate in ongoing therapy for months or years.
Do you prescribe medication?
Therapists do not prescribe medication, but may offer a referral to a physician or psychiatrist when appropriate. Determining if medication might be a beneficial tool for your treatment is part of your therapy journey.
Who do you treat?
Missy’s specialties include working with expectant and new parents, including those who postpartum, trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or those who have suffered a pregnancy loss.
There are many ways to build a family, and Missy is able to work with mothers, fathers, parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, or other caregivers, including folks who identify as LGBTQIA+. Missy is also experienced in working with women and adolescents with anxiety and depression, and those who are navigating life transitions (aged 16 and older).
Missy refers clients to other clinicians if they request couples therapy, or report issues related to suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, or active eating disorders.
Can I bring my baby?
While it can be extremely valuable to have dedicated time for yourself during therapy, sometimes that is a logistical barrier for new parents seeking care. Clients are able to bring a newborn or infant (under 1 year) to their therapy sessions, if needed.
Do you offer telehealth?
Telehealth therapy offers flexibility of services for a number of situations. Illinois residents who are interested in therapy but live too far to commute to the office can choose to receive all virtual services. As a pandemic-era parent, Missy values flexibility and is aware of how illness can disrupt best laid plans. Telehealth can help maintain continuity of care if a client (or their child, or their childcare provider, or even their therapist) experiences illness.
Can I schedule a homevisit?
When needed, a limited number of therapy sessions can be provided in the client’s home. (For example, during the first few weeks postpartum) Eligible clients would need to live within 7 miles of the office and/or within Kane County.