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Moxie was born from my early experiences in hospitals, clinics, cancer support groups, military new parent support programs and parent coaching prior to opening a private practice. My own struggles with painful periods, getting pregnant over 35, losing a pregnancy, trying again, staying pregnant, experiencing trauma, delivering a healthy baby and surviving postpartum anxiety led to a growing passion to support others through their reproductive journey. Now as I navigate raising a child and closing the chapter on my reproductive self, I have been equally drawn to support women through post-reproduction challenges that often accompany changes in family dynamics, career and overall health.

Moxie Women's Health is focused on supporting the strongest version of you. I help with this through counseling and life coaching. My educational background is in the fields of psychology and clinical social work. I am honored to support people impacted by PMS, PMDD, decisions on conception and family planning, infertility and fertility treatments, pregnancy, loss, pregnancy after loss, adoption, surrogacy, postpartum and postplacement adjustment, child feeding challenges, perimenopause and menopause, gynecological conditions, perineal trauma and recovery, obstetric violence, various health conditions that impact mental health, divorce, empty-nesting, retirement, etc.


"Prioritizing our maternal mental health before and after baby needs to become the norm — not the exception."  -Jen Schwartz

Persons trying to conceive and those who are pregnant will likely spend most of their time managing nausea, fatigue, swelling, moodiness and other discomforts. Their diets and schedules will change. They, along with their partners (and those anxiously awaiting to adopt) will weed through a multitude of appointments and paperwork, plan for childcare, navigate maternity/paternity leave and prepare their home life and work life for the possibility of growing a family. Even before  a bump or a "bundle of joy", prospective parents, parents-to-be and parents-again often sacrifice their own needs in this effort. You can listen to me talk about some of my early postpartum work, here

In addition to matrescence, women experiencing illness, trauma and hormonal shifts across a lifetime are left in the dark, often to cope Instead of heal) in isolation.

“We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not hot, that we don’t matter. I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life.” —Oprah


During the post-reproduction stages of life, perimenopause and menopause, women have few outlets to process the taboo topics of of weight gain, depression, hot flashes, incontinence, general moodiness and loss of sex drive. The prevalence of depression increases 2-14 times in women during perimenopause versus the premenopausal years.

Many of the mood changes associated with these experiences go unrecognized and untreated in our community. People deserve better. 

Here’s what I wish was part of every assessment by a Women's Health Provider:

  • Curiosity.

    • Slowing down, getting descriptive and staying close to the experience that’s happening in and around your body in the present moment.

  • Psychoeducation.

    • Conversations about the association between health and decision-making as well as reproductive mental health, post-reproductive mental health and integrative treatment modalities.

  • Normalization.

    • Mood and Anxiety Disorders are real and deserve attention by specialized providers versed in women's and maternal mental health, trauma-informed care, mind/body connection and cultural humility.

  • Connection.

    • You are not alone. When possible, a support system should be identified and appropriate community resources provided to assist people in addressing their mental health.

  • Validation.

    • There is a lot of stigma associated with mental health and trauma, particularly directed at people from marginalized groups. There are also assessment and treatment options that honor language, gender, orientation and culture.

  • Empowerment

    • Speak up if your provider is minimizing your mood changes during your periods or as you approach menopause. Seek a second opinion or different treatment modality if a provider is not listening to you or is making you feel uncomfortable.

  • Encouragement

    • There may be something "wrong", but there is nothing wrong with YOU. Mental illness is treatable. Trauma is treatable. Suffering can be replaced by hope. Relationships with self and others can recover.


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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

California License No. 82213

Texas License No. 35678


Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin​, 2000

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Associate of Arts Degree in Spanish, Monterey Defense Language Institute​, 2012


Postgraduate Coursework

(there have been many over the past 20 years, but here are a few worth mentioning)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intensive

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Your Beyond Coaching

Group Coaching Expands the Independent Practice

123 Magic Parenting

Common Sense Parenting

 Intersectional Authenticity With LGBTQ+ Clients

Gender Minority Stress: Trans & Nonbinary Clients

Integrating Somatic Interventions into Psychotherapy

Somatic Experiencing and Trauma

Hormones and Menopause

Menopause by the National Institute on Aging

Instructor Certifications

​Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge

Marriage LINKS-Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge and SkillsParenting with Love and Logic

Postpartum Support International Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals

ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)


Postpartum Support International

National Association of Social Workers 

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