At Nurture{Bklyn} we understand the courage it takes to reach out and ask for support during vulnerable times. We believe that taking this first step can lead to new beginnings for YOU and for your whole family. Our therapist, Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach, LCSW specializes in Trauma-informed maternal mental health and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

As a member of the Parent Craft Collective, located in the heart of Park Slope, Elizabeth offers therapy for individuals and couples who are in the midst of a fertility journey, pregnancy, postpartum, and/or the early parenting years. While her speciality is working with people in this particular life transition, she also welcomes individuals struggling with other issues such as generalized anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD/trauma.

Elizabeth works with individuals of all ages and all forms of families - straight, gay, trans, married or unmarried.

**Babies and toddlers are welcome during all sessions** 

**In-home therapy offered for individual and couples therapy during the initial postpartum period

(birth to 12 weeks)**

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individual therapy

Elizabeth specializes in trauma-informed mental health and offers therapy for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD/trauma who are in need of general emotional support in the perinatal period. Being a parent herself, and a doula for a decade and a half, she understands the realities that come with being a new parent and how it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed among other feelings. She offers a warm, supportive environment in which new parents will gain insight into their emotions and learn tools for the expression of them.

She has a multi-disciplinary and eclectic approach and draws upon her own professional and personal experiences with strengths-based, solution-focused psychodynamic and interpersonal therapies and trauma processing techniques. She incorporates mind/body/heart awareness centering exercises into her practice supporting clients in feeling better emotionally and physically. Elizabeth believes that healing happens in relationship and that the therapeutic relationship can be a place - a safe haven- to practice these skills.

Some issues and challenges one might come to therapy to explore:

  • depression

  • anxiety or obsessive thoughts

  • worry and stress

  • fears

  • loss and grief

  • self-esteem and self-confidence in a new role

  • relationship difficulties and enhancing communication

  • intergenerational trauma

  • alcoholism/addiction

  • learning your own style of parenting and/or understanding your partner’s style of parenting

therapy for couples

Having a baby, whether it’s a first or a sibling, can cause all levels of upset and disruption in a relationship. However, with the right support it can be an opportunity for shifting communication styles, enhancing intimacy, and bonding on a deeper level as parents. Elizabeth uses a warm and interactive approach and helps couples find ways to be seen and heard by their partner. We will work together to identify and name the strengths of the relationship and discover practical strategies to improve the connection and partnership in the relationship. There will be opportunities for practicing new strategies and utilizing new tools in session as well as at home between sessions. Elizabeth believes that with the right support and tools people can grow, change, and heal as they, and their relationship, move from surviving to thriving in the parenting years.

Couples therapy can be especially beneficial if one, or both, of the partners are experiencing signs or symptoms of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders.

birth processing

Have you had a traumatic birth experience that you’d like to process and free from your mind, body, and heart? There are many ways that women can experience trauma in birth. It is only you who decides if you’ve had a traumatic experience during your pregnancy or birth and only you who can then decide to take the steps towards processing it. You cannot do this alone. It is not your fault. We believe you. Often, in a just a few sessions or as long as you need, Elizabeth offers a sense of validation and healing as you work towards releasing the trauma. This can be especially important if you are suffering from the symptoms of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders or if you are planning another birth after a previous traumatic birth experience.

** Birth processing is available for women who have given birth, partners, or support people (DOULAS or family members) who have experienced trauma before, during, or after a birth. **