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What is a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist?

October of 2022 was a huge month for me. It was in this month that I finally earned my certification in Perinatal Mental Health, which was really the culmination of a decade of work in mental health and in my own journey as a mother. Naturally, I have been wanting to celebrate with the folks around me, but I have noticed one important barrier to this - people just aren't quite sure what a perinatal mental health specialist even is! Let's break it down.

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Whitney Storey | Counselor | Lafayette, LA | Mother

The Curse of the Good Mother

Humans are natural story tellers. We have long histories of using stories as a way to explain the unexplainable, to teach and guide our children, and to give our lives a sense of direction and purpose. We have stories about ourselves - like, I'm a good person, I love music, I'm a natural with animals, I'm bad at math... One story I have about myself is I am a good mother. But what if I told you that stories like that, even the positive ones, can get us into trouble?

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE | Motherhood | Counselor | Lafayette, LA

Matrescence: It's Going to be a Bumpy Ride

Growing up I made a number of assumptions about who I was going to be and what my life would be like in adulthood. I assumed I would go to college, meet a nice man, get married shortly after graduation, and begin my family as a stable and capable professional - a working wife and mother. Of course, things aren't that simple. It has been an incredibly bumpy ride.

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The Curse of the Shoulds

As I'm writing this, we have just come out of another Mother's Day and I am thinking ahead to the next few holidays and what my family will be doing. Holidays, and family get-togethers in general, can really cause a lot of anxiety in me and in many of the folks I talk to (in and out of the therapy room). There is just so much pressure - so many shoulds, have tos, musts, and can'ts. When it comes to these rules, as I call them, who is in charge?

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE | Counselor | Lafayette, LA | Help

A Rock and a Hard Place

I love that as a culture we are embracing the idea that "it's okay to not be okay." It's so accepting and welcoming of folks with all kinds of struggles and has reduced the stigma around seeking help. But, can I be honest with you for a second? Sometimes when I think "it's okay to not be okay," I find myself meaning it only for other people. It's okay for other people to not be okay. Not me. And I have a hunch I might not be the only one.

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC | Therapist | Lafayette, LA | Art

What Have the Arts Taught Me About Living?

I have a long history of being involved in the arts and finding benefits from making art by myself and with others. While I had folks who encouraged me in my practice, I also found that many people (mostly my peers) didn't understand my love of art. The stigma I felt about my artistic self lead to feelings of shame. My best friend in undergrad even told me one time, as we were discussing dating, "maybe you shouldn't tell them you're a theatre major" - as if distancing myself from the arts were possible, let alone preferable! Art fills me with life.

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE | Anxiety | Limbic System

Out of My Mind

When I talk to clients about their struggles, I notice a very familiar pattern that I find myself in: what causes the struggle becomes the focus of our life and we become fused with it. We believe we must get rid of these thoughts (or feelings, memories, urges, etc.) so that we can live a life we dream of living.

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE | Therapist | Anxiety | Lafayette, LA

What does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Have for Me?

If you were to randomly choose a therapist, you would likely end up with someone who uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been the dominant type of therapy since the 1960s. The general premise of traditional CBT is that our thoughts influence our emotions, which then go on to influence our behavior. So, the idea is that if we can improve our thinking, our emotions and behavior will therefore improve.

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Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE | Counseling | Lafayette, LA

Could You Invite Little You to Therapy?

I have always felt…out of place. Even as a small child and regardless of where I have been, I notice the things about me that stand out.  It’s this innate feeling of disconnection that has motivated my curiosity.  I am so curious about the world around me. If I can figure everything out - other people, myself, the environment - then I will find a place where I belong.

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