In winter, a practice I use to bookend my days is mindful walking. I focus on the feeling of my feet striking and pushing off the pavement that lies between the train and my destination. Tasks and memories and judgments and desires surface and distract me. I notice the distractions, accept my distractibility, and return to focus on walking. I observe the mechanics of my footfall, starting with my heels and ending with my toes. Distractions continue and I notice how generous it feels to accept rather than judge them. I set interruptions on hold and return my focus to the walk, again and again. I notice that my feet keep moving and I arrive at my destination even though I don’t attend to my distractions, and even though my concentration is full of static. Just before I cross the threshold of my destination, I notice that I can fully accept my flawed focus. I feel grateful for arriving and end my little walk with a slow, deep breath. I start and end my day with firsthand proof that movement can be comprised of small steps and fragments of consciousness.
About Aga Grabowski, LCSW, PMH-C, CST (she/her)
I am a co-founder of Wildflower, a psychotherapist, a presenter and a trainer in the area of perinatal and reproductive mental health. Many other aspects of my personal identity inform my clinical work: chief among them is my family and immigrant background which has informed my attunement to the psychological upheaval that accompanies major life transitions and to the many sociocultural forces that shape our lived experience.
In my clinical work, I am focused on helping people thrive and cope during periods of significant change, and particularly during journeys towards and through parenthood which may involve infertility, losses, depression, anxiety, conflict. I work with people from all walks in life. Clients I work with are some of the strongest, most resilient folks I know. They don’t always feel this way, and they come to therapy feeling raw, maybe lost, and certainly quite vulnerable. It takes courage to confront your pain and struggle. I view psychotherapy as a deeply collaborative process that aims to help you discover and tap into your strengths and resources. You already have what it takes to feel better, be happier, face challenges – good psychotherapy basically helps you access all that. This can only happen if your therapist genuinely cares about and respects you and is invested in their own ongoing professional development and personal growth.
I have extensive training in perinatal and reproductive mental health, evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, sex therapy, and trauma. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Chicago and obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. I often present on topics related to mental health. I am an AASECT-certified sex therapist and a certified perinatal mental health clinician. The most valuable learning experiences come from my clients though: their experience, wisdom and perspective have shaped my clinical practice the most, something I am deeply grateful for.
Selected training and affiliation
AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist
Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician
Bringing Baby Home Educator Training, Gottman Institute
Circle of Security Parent Educator
People are stronger and more resilient than they often realize.
Our culture teaches us to be fiercely independent. To thrive, we need to embrace being interdependent — deep connection with others is essential for happiness.
More about me
I love the outdoors and hiking, camping, kayaking.
I can’t live without chocolate.
I feel grateful every day for getting to do the work I love.
I am a co-founder of Wildflower, a psychotherapist, a presenter and a trainer in the area of perinatal and reproductive mental health. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Chicago and obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. I am also an AASECT-certified sex therapist and a certified perinatal mental health clinician.