I CAN HELP
SPECIALIZED COUNSELING FOR DISTRESS RELATED TO PREGNANCY, POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION/ANXIETY, INFERTILITY, AND LOSS SURROUNDING MISCARRIAGE, STILL BIRTH OR INFANT DEATH.
you are not alone
Nearly 15 percent of women will experience postpartum depression and anxiety, in fact it is the most common complication in childbirth with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Fortunately, these symptoms respond well to appropriate treatment and support. New moms with postpartum depression often experience frequent episodes of crying, mood swings, irritability, extreme fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, loss of sexual interest, pervasive anxiety, appetite changes, negative scary thoughts, feelings of inadequacy, ruminating, hopelessness and despair. In addition, thoughts of suicide and feelings of anger, rage, shame and guilt are often present. Postpartum depression is NOT the baby blues, which is considered a normal part of adjustment following childbirth, requiring no medical or psychological intervention.
Research shows that the emotional pain women experience when going through infertility is similar to those dealing with cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. Coping with infertility is hard, and needing help is 100 percent normal. Parenthood is one of the major transitions in adult life. The stress of the non-fulfillment of a wish for a child has been associated with emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety. Frequently, it may lead to marital problems, sexual dysfunction, and social isolation. For many women, seeking out support in the way of education, counseling, or support from others who are also experiencing infertility may help to improve their mood, enhance their ability to cope, and decrease their sense of isolation.
MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH AND INFANT LOSS
bearing unbearable heartache
We all hope for the happy ending, but despite doing everything right, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death can still become an unbearable reality. When a pregnancy or child is lost, expected or sudden, such a loss forces a woman and her partner towards an excruciatingly painful and devastating journey. In many cases, a woman and her partner may isolate themselves and feel that no one could possibly understand the depth of their pain. Often, these couples begin to isolate themselves, even from each other. Acknowledging each other's pain and giving yourself the ability to speak about your loss and sadness are often the early steps toward healing. Healing is possible despite the difficult loss and many emerge with a different and deeper sense of self and each other.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND LICENSURE
At Well Mamas
I implement effective, evidence-based psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards the challenges surrounding their quest for a healthy and fulfilling motherhood experience. From small scale circumstances to traumatic experiences – my services are personalized to suit every woman’s needs.
Arizona native Kim Kriesel is passionate about helping moms-to-be and new moms in their journey to and through motherhood. No two women will experience motherhood in the same way and sometimes being a mom doesn’t always feel like the perfect experience that was expected during pregnancy.
Kim earned her undergraduate in business and her master’s in clinical mental health counseling through University of Phoenix. She also has advanced training and experience in the areas of infertility, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy trauma and infant loss.
As a certified provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care through international nonprofit MISS Foundation and she is also trained in trauma work utilizing EMDR psychotherapy. She has also been recognized by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Additionally, the Gilbert resident volunteers in her community as a member of the Crisis Response Team for Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department.
In her and her husband’s journey to becoming parents to two healthy young children, the couple also struggled with infertility and had devastating losses along the way. In overcoming her own grief and transitioning to a place of peace and acceptance, her passion now lies in helping women who are also experiencing infertility and motherhood challenges and traumas. In working with her clients, Kim exudes warmth, deep understanding, unwavering support and a unique way of bringing understanding, positive perspective and resolution to situations that can seem unbearably sad.
In her time away from work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, traveling and taking the occasional trip to the spa. She looks forward to helping all moms reach a healthy and positive mental state that will propel them forward in motherhood and in their daily lives.
In order to serve women in this capacity, I have completed special training and/or certification in the areas of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Grief and Loss and Trauma.
Kim is a Licensed Associate Counselor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners currently practicing under the Supervision and Independent License of Diana Canfield, LPC
Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification through MISS Foundation, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust, and the Center for Grief and Loss.
Licensed Associate Counselor through the State of AZ Counselor (LAC) through Arizona Board of Behavioral Health (AZBBHE)
Postpartum Support International (PSI) Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:Components of Care Training.
Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health
Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP) through International Association of Trauma Professionals.
4425 N. 24th St. Suite 250