Women's Mental Health Clinic 

 

Livingrite's Women's Mental Health Clinic provides individual's with the opportunity to obtain specialized individual treatment in the areas of:

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence
  • Issues Related to Pregnancy (e.g., Postpartum Anxiety and Depression, Infertility, Miscarriage, Infant Bonding, Parenting Skills, Parenthood Adjustment)
  • Health Psychology (e.g, chronic pain conditions, cancer, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Interstitial Cystitis, Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Rheumatoid Arthritis ). 

Our Clinic Specialists (please see our Specialists bios below) have extensive training, supervision, and experience in providing evidence based interventions to address your specific needs. Services are delivered in a private office setting on an outpatient basis. We provide evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Interested in setting up an appointment with one of our specialists? Click here to set up an appointment. 

 

Sub-Specialties 

Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence

LivingRite’s Women’s Health Clinic sub-specialty in Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence provides individuals the opportunity to obtain specialized, individualized therapeutic services in the areas of: 

    • Domestic Violent Relationships to include: emotional, physical, and financial abuse inflicted by an intimate partner or family member. 
    • Sexual Violence to include: sexual assault and sexual abuse inflicted by an intimate partner, family member, or acquaintance or stranger.

Domestic Violence is physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse inflicted by an intimate partner or family member and crosses all class, racial, and educational lines. Those who have experienced domestic violence may suffer devastating effects including physical pain, loss of self-esteem, forced dependency, anxiety, terror, or depression. In addition to create an atmosphere of fear at home, domestic violence may also increase tension outside of the home, affecting one’s ability to function in the workplace, school, or outside relationships with family and friends. Sexual Violence includes sexual harassment, sexual abuse or sexual assault that can be inflicted by an intimate partner, family member, acquaintance or stranger. Sexual violence also crosses all class, racial, and educational likes. Those who have experienced sexual violence may suffer devastating emotional effects such as depression, anxiety, and low self-worth, guilt and traumatic memories. In addition, life after sexual violence can be disrupted and coping with the effects can be difficult without support. 

Beginning therapeutic services after having experienced domestic and sexual violence can be both scary and overwhelming. At LivingRite, our trained specialist will work at your pace while helping you to process your emotions and reactions related to domestic and sexual violence, provide education to build a better understanding, help to develop healthy coping strategies, and provide support in the healing process.

Issues Related to Pregnancy 

Issues Related to Pregnancy are very vast and might include but are not limited to: mental health changes including post-partum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, traumatic birth; inter-relational stress including changes in relationship dynamics, changes in marriage or partnership, adjustment to parenting and infant bonding, changes in familial relationships and friendships; and physical health difficulties including, but not limited to, miscarriage, fertility issues, and physical recovery from birth.  

Many women experience the “Baby Blues," a normal emotional and psychological reaction after having a baby. However, up to one in ten can develop post-partum clinical depression and many others develop clincal anxiety disorders. Yet often times these symptoms go unreported and without help or guidance due to stigma, fear, and just not knowing where to turn. Being depressed and/or anxious after having a child can be confusing and for some even cause guilt. We are here to help! LivingRite’s Women’s Health Clinic is passionate about providing needed support by means of education, empowerment, linking you with needed resources, improving mental health, determining a routine that facilitates and maintains both mental and physical health, and creating a helpful support system. 

Health Psychology

Health Psychology is a field of study that focuses on how physical health problems affect the human psyche and how personality influences one's health. Health Psychologists work towards promoting health through behavioral change and preventing/reducing illness by focusing on education related to nutrition, exercise, stress-management and total body wellness. Practitioners emphasize education as a large part of illness prevention, as many people do not recognize the risk to illness present in their lives or they are unable to implement the knowledge that they have received during medical consultations.. Most health psychologists are trained to work with most medical conditions, diseases, and disorders.

Areas of emphasis in the psychological management of chronic pain are usually on the effects of stress, loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other life circumstances that effect that disease, disorder, or pain condition. Most health psychologists usually work with patients individually; however, they are also trained in understanding the psyche of the caregivers and family member's of the person that is ill. Health Psychologists believe that medical problems and psychological wellbeing are closely linked and that understanding this interaction is vital to helping individuals navigate through and adjust to their health related experiences. 

 

Why Seek Treatment?

Our Clinic's subspecialties cover an array of life stressors, changes, circumstances, and transitions in life. While many of these experiences can and do effect men, the Women's Mental Health Clinic's goal is to provide treatment with strong consideration of the unique biological and socio-cultural experiences of women. Treatment with a mental health profession can alleviate symptoms and help individual's improve quality of life. 

 

Treatment Methods and Approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a form of psychotherapy that places emphasis on maladaptive patterns in thoughts and actions that serve to maintain anxiety, depression, anger, and negative mood. The practices within CBT utilized in the Women’s Health Clinic are evidence-based techniques that aim to provide relief and recovery in all our sub-specialties.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT is another form of evidence-based treatment that brings focus to our interpretation of events and circumstances and allows for us to practice awareness and letting go of control and avoidance to better serve ourselves and our relationships, typically resulting in a more self-compassionate style and flexible attitude towards life. These practices and techniques are helpful in all of the Women’s Health Clinic’s sub-specialties.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): IPT serves to resolve issues within relationships and focuses on roles and expectations (both our own and others’). This therapy is helpful for resolving interpersonal conflicts, setting boundaries and expectations, and managing stress from relationship issues. It also helps to identify our support system and how to utilize it.

Psychodynamic Therapy: Psychodynamic therapy focuses on gaining insight through looking at an individual’s self-awareness and how their past experiences and beliefs of themselves, beliefs of others, and beliefs of the world around them influence mental health and their interpretation of events and circumstances.

Client-Centered Therapy: Client-Centered Therapy emphasizes providing unconditional positive regard for an individual and highlights discrepancies between a client’s view and beliefs of herself and the experiences she has had. The supportive role a therapist has in Client-Centered Therapy allows for an individual to feel safe to make the changes necessary towards recovery and healing.

***Please note that treatment methods availability varies across clinician's. If you have a special treatment method request please inform staff when scheduling your intake. 

 

What can I Expect?

Treatment will begin by meeting your therapist and having an assessment of symptoms and struggles to better understand how your life is being impacted and what treatment will be best for you. Together with your therapist you will create a treatment plan, identifying goals that will lead to recovery.  Education will be an ongoing piece of treatment and your therapist will help guide you in implementing what you learn in session to outside of session. Your therapist will check in with you regularly to assess progress and any treatment changes necessary. 

 

Our Specialists

Katie Higgins, M.A., LCPC, Clinic Lead, Katie completed her Master’s Degree in Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where a special focus was placed on cultural influences and life transitions.  Since that time she has worked in the mental health field with people experiencing life changes, anxiety, depression, and struggles within relationships.  Katie completed certificate training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International where she was able to explore and learn about the symptoms and evidence-based treatments to best help those struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and difficulty transitioning in pregnancy and parenthood. She utilizes primarily CBT, ERP and ACT in treatment. Katie strives to normalize the struggle that is adjusting to pregnancy and parenthood and she emphasizes empowering those she works with. Katie's role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidence-based treatments for Issues Related to Pregnancy (Perinatal/Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders). 

 

KristiKrisi Brower, Psy.D., LPC, Dr. Kristi Brower completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. Kristi is trained in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology. Her background includes working with patients with a variety of medical and psychiatric diagnoses. When working in the area of women's health, Dr. Brower sees women ages 18-65 with various medical and psychological conditions including but not limited to: Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, pelvic pain, Interstitical Cycytitis (IC), Fibromyalgia, multiple miscarriages, still birth, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), gynecological and breast cancers, Perinatal and Postpartum Depression. Kristi's role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidence-based treatments for Health Concerns (e.g., Chronic Pain, Cancer, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, etc.) and Issues Related to Pregnancy (Infertility, Miscarriage, Still Births, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy/Gestational and Recovery Healh Issues).     

 

Brittany Male, MSW, LCSW, CADC, Brittany is an expert in the field of Domestic and Sexual Violence having received specialized training and working extensively with those who have experienced Domestic and Sexual Violence through her work at Safe Passage, a domestic and sexual violence agency in DeKalb Illinois. In her time working at Safe Passage, Brittany also worked as the substance abuse specialist understanding the additional complexity of those experiencing substance use disorders within a domestic violent relationship or after a sexual violent experience.  Brittany's role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidence-based treatments for Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence

 

 

   

Katherine Harris, Ph.D., LPC,  Dr. Katherine Harris completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor VA consortium as the Women's Health Fellow, where she received specialized training in advanced diagnosis and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD, and special training in issues related to Women's Mental Health. She has received extensive supervision and training in the use of CBT exposure-based interventions for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and trauma, and her knowledge in this field is represented by publications and presentations at conferences. Katherine is a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI). She has completed a certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. Katherine's role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidence-based treatments for Issues Related to Pregnancy (Perinatal/Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders). 

 

Kathy Hicks, M.S., Ed., LCPC,  Kathy's role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidence-based treatments for Issues Related to Pregnancy (Perinatal/Postpartum Depression, Infant Bonding, Parenting Skills, Parenthood Adjustment). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Veach, PsyD, LCPC, Dr. Erica Veach completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Veach completed her doctoral internship at LivingRite, receiving specialized supervision and training in women’s health issues, with particular emphasis on postpartum depression and issues related to pregnancy. Dr. Veach received certification in Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home, a training program to help clients and partners transition to- or become acclimated to parenting, form a secure attachment pattern with their baby and partner, learn emotion-coaching parenting and attachment parenting techniques, and enhance marital satisfaction after baby arrives. Her treatment approach is primarily emotion-focused and psychodynamic. Dr. Veach’s role in the Women's Mental Health Clinic is in providing evidenced-based treatments for Issues Related to Pregnancy (Perinatal/Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Infertility, Attachment, Infant Bonding, Miscarriage, Transition to Parenthood).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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