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.
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
4425 N. 24th St. Suite 250