Professional Counselor Associate
PhD, PMH-C, CCTS
Supervisor: Ariana Lloyd, LCSW
The parenting path can leave folx feeling responsible for & alone in their suffering. I provide a safe, healing, & less lonely way through.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2011
I see the impossible expectations etched onto your very being. How you bring them to birth, parenting, & the stories you tell yourself. They leave you navigating postpartum depression, anxiety, birth trauma, grief, & wearily raising wee ones feeling responsible for & alone in your suffering. You’re not responsible, or alone. Let go of getting it right & reclaim your right to be well. You are your own best compass. I’m a skilled map-maker. I can help you be safe, seen, & supported on your journey
I could have spent my whole life talking about trauma instead of moving it through. As a student who stumbled into the field, I was its biggest critic. I wanted evidence that the body mattered. In my most profound relationships now as client or healer, we don't talk a lot & the evidence is right there in the ability to process & release pain without analysis paralysis. I lead folx to learn from their own body how stress shapes the way they walk the world & they let it lead them toward freedom
How we take in information leads to both trauma & flourishing— depending on whether or not we expect to feel safe & connected. I got certified to share mindfulness & positive psychology because we can interrupt the auto-pilot ways we anticipate hurt, danger, & disconnection. Learning to sit in a moment with curiosity turns into many moments, less fear, & fierce compassion. While we work on other barriers, we can condition the brilliantly adaptive body-mind to expect & receive just what it needs.
Hormones & neurotransmitters wreak havoc in the transitions of pregnancy & postpartum. Still, depression is often about oppression. What fearful parts do we try to cast aside? What parts seek perfection only to show up & leave a mess? In depression we disown & fight pieces of ourselves because the world demands it. I treat depression from the perspective of the Whole, embodied, contextualized Self with trauma-informed & flourishing-focused tools to uncover the wise adaptive Self & its compass.
When I first saw someone collapsed on a stack of perfect-parenting books with shame & tears falling onto her baby, I hid the books & held them both. It was all I could do. I became a certified Perinatal Mental Health therapist (PMH-C) because parents navigate depression, anxiety, exhaustion, scary thoughts, confusion, rage, & shame with an unbearable weight of ridiculous expectations. I help them let go of getting it right & reclaim their right to be well so they can be safe, seen, & supported.
Years of grappling with trauma both personally & professionally reminds me that while we inherit traumapost-traumatic growth. When we rewire how we read information & reeducate the hyper-vigilant parts, we can keep potential trauma from becoming embedded & passed on to our children. Our bodies hold the hurts brought through relationship, but it holds the healing too. When we reshape how we safely show up in world, we heal & reveal our full Selves & pave the way for healthy whole-hearted children
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