Chicago Family Doulas is a wonderful organization that cares about the physical and emotional wellbeing of moms and moms to be. We were recently asked by their team to contribute a blog article on dealing with anxiety during pregnancy, as the doulas noticed that their pregnant clients frequently report feelings of worry, irritability and stress (common complaints among all pregnant women!). We hope the article helps women understand their anxiety and gives useful ideas about how to cope: http://www.chicagofamilydoulas.com/anxiety-during-pregnancy/
About Aga Grabowski, LCSW, PMH-C, CST
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.