Women

Women experience psychological, biological, hormonal and social transitions during various life cycle changes such as during and after pregnancy, or during perimenopause or menopause. These transitions create changes in our moods, relationships, families, identities, and overall sense of balance and well-being. An integrative treatment approach is often most optimal. I collaborate with primary care physicians, OB-GYN’s, psychiatrists, and other practitioners in order to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment for my clients.

In addition to hormonal and biological changes, women go through social and cultural transitions that equally effect their sense of self, such as marriage, having children, divorce, changing careers, an empty nest, or even getting older in a culture that values youth. These are the changes that often occur just below the surface of awareness and require exploration. We then find ways of integrating these new parts of ourselves, making meaning of new life events, and redefining who we are.

Issues Treated Include:

Mood changes
Depression
Anxiety
Disrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Fatigue
Brain Fog/Inability to Focus
Postpartum Depression
Difficulty Connecting to Your Baby/Attachment
Irritability
Loss of Identity
Grief
Appetite
Hot Flashes
Memory Problems
Low Libido/Sexuality

To learn more about the latest research in women’s issues related to hormones and mood, you may be interested in the following resources:

Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at UCSF

Louann Brinzendine, MD
Author of The Female Brain