I experienced baby blues/ post-partum depression after both my babies, but especially my second. I didn't realize that was what was happening at first. Most of my symptoms ended up in anxiety and fear. I was really happy to have had a baby, it didn't make sense to me. I now know my diagnosis was probably postpartum anxiety & OCD. I hope having a group where you can talk about the emotions & physical changes involved in having a child and raising one will help all mamas through this life transformation! Postpartum.net is a great resource if you want to learn more.
Caty Bell is a North Georgia native who settled in Athens three years ago. She studied at the University of North Georgia where she received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Caty has a passion for working with pregnant and postpartum women. She also specializes in working with victims of trauma and those struggling with grief. She has worked in a number of settings both inpatient and outpatient. When Caty's not working with clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Caty loves reading and spending time outdoors.
For more than ten years Stephanie Atkinson has worked with children, adolescents and families in both the school and private practice settings. Stephanie provides a wide range of counseling and educational opportunities for individuals, couples and families. She enjoys helping people understand their thinking, learning, and communication styles and using those to strengthen organization, study and life skills. Stephanie has a passion for walking with women through miscarriage, infertility, postpartum, hormonal changes, life circumstance changes and other challenges women may face. She also has a desire to help families through transitional times in life such as becoming a care giver for an elderly parent or spouse. Stephanie views her role as a counselor as someone who can offer encouragement, resources, support and training to those in her path.