Hey y'all! Prior to diving into all the awesome topics I have planned for this blog, I thought it might good to give a little introduction about me! I think of myself currently as having 3 main identities: personal, professional and parent. Those identities often shift in order of focus or importance. For example, as I currently write this (November 2023), I am on parental leave with my second child. As you can imagine, parenting is taking up most of my identity space. So I'll start there!
Anna the Parent
I am a mom of two amazing kiddos, a son who is currently 4 and a daughter who is currently 4 months. My parenting journey has been challenging, rewarding, joyous, painful, chaotic, boring and a million other things. My parenting goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment for my kiddos to grow. I value kindness and aim to raise a family who is doing good in the world.
My parenting journey has included a miscarriage, secondary infertility, perinatal anxiety/depression, pandemic parenting, and postpartum during significant loss. I say this because these are all part of my parenting journey, and it doesn't feel right to not include them in who I am as a parent. You can likely see how these shaped my professional identity as well.
One of my recent passions has been around cesarean birth. I had a long labor ending in a c-section with my first. After a LOT of deliberation, I had a scheduled cesarean with my second. I found it difficult to locate resources that provided unbiased information, so I hope to provide some of this in future blog posts.
The only current albeit blurry picture of my kid squad
Anna the Professional
I began my career professionally working as a retail store manager and then moved to a corporate project manager. While I had a great job, I found it really unfulfilling and decided to leave my job to pursue a degree in counseling. Several different houses, a husband and a kid later, I graduated from Antioch University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. While getting my degree, I worked in community mental health and private practice. I really found my passion for perinatal mental health after having my son. I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety, and felt so many emotions about the lack of support for new parents.
As I continue to work in the field, I find new ways to support my community. I am the Chief Engagement Officer at Pro-Choice Therapists, an organization dedicated to connecting abortion affirming therapists with individuals who need services. I love what I do, and I hope to leave a positive impact on the world around me.
Me in my home office
Anna the Person
If you've made it this far, thanks for learning so much about me! This is the most difficult part of my life to write about currently. I am still figuring out how to carve out time for me as a person with an infant and little kid. Currently that means my interests are walking, baking and watching tv. I live in Havre de Grace, MD and really love my little town. You can usually find my family on the weekends going to local events and festivals! I recently purchased an old piano and hope to teach myself how to play!
Havre de Grace, MD during the holidays
I wrote this post because I believe that people want to know about their therapist. To me, the therapeutic relationship is not the same as a doctor/patient. It's a collaboration! I find it hard personally to collaborate with someone without knowing anything about them. I believe that it is important for therapy sessions to focus fully on the client. AND I am not a mysterious, blank slate entity. My goal is for you to feel comfortable with who I am, where I stand on key issues and what you can expect.