Therapy Chat Episode 289

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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan LCSW-C interviews returning guest Dr. Kat Kaeni, who is a perinatal mental health therapist and the host of the awesome Mom & Mind podcast. She’s also the author of the new book, The Pregnancy Workbook: Managing anxiety and worry with CBT and mindfulness techniques. In this episode you’ll hear:

  • What trauma can feel like when it shows up during pregnancy (even if you don’t identify with having a trauma history)
  • How birth can be traumatic even when you’ve made a birth plan
  • How a history of sexual trauma can be activated during the birthing process
  • The importance of empowerment and consent during the birthing process
  • The effects of a traumatic birth, particularly when your child experiences trauma during birth
  • How attachment wounds can sneak up on us when we become parents
  • The cyclical nature of trauma and attachment wounds
  • That seeking out therapy for perinatal mental health is brave
  • The importance of learning to nurture yourself if you weren’t nurtured enough as a child.

Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., PMH-C, is a psychologist in private practice specializing perinatal mental health, host of the Mom & Mind Podcast with Dr. Kat and Author of The Pregnancy Workbook: Manage Anxiety and Worry with CBT and Mindfulness Techniques.  Dr. Kat is a Postpartum Support International board member-at-large and Chair of Education, Training and Certification. 

She began specializing in perinatal mental health eleven years ago after her own experience through postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD. She now supports and advocates for perinatal families in any way she can.  


Listen to Mom & Mind Podcast here:

Find everything Dr. Kat is doing here:

Find a perinatal mental health therapist at Postpartum Support International

Buy Dr. Kat’s book on Amazon here!

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Original Date

July 30, 2021

About the Host

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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