Emotional Wellness programs are open to any interested individuals. These are our areas of focus and expertise:
- Communities and individuals experiencing intergenerational and historical trauma
- Perinatal Women and mothering women
- Adults and children with PTSD
- Children of immigrants
- Immigrant and foreign born populations, Latinx and Somali in particular
- Internal Family Systems
- Trauma Focused CBT
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Parent Child Interaction Therapy
- Body Neutrality
Navigating life challenges is difficult for us all, it is even more difficult when we have experienced traumatic events, lack of support, and are marginalized in our communities. LifeWise StL knows that our emotional well-being is foundational to one’s ability to do everything else in our lives, and believes we all deserve access to a welcoming, safe space to receive evidence-based support. We specialize in providing trauma-informed evidence-based therapy treatment for chronic stress, the impact of trauma, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and depression. In this past year, through this evidence based treatment 100% of participants saw improvement in their symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress.
We also know that we all heal in community and for this reason we offer therapy groups. Our participants report to us that being a part of these groups and hearing about others’ experiences are often the first time that they realize they are not alone in their struggles and feel connected to others. Our participants also describe that learning the coping skills taught in groups have changed the way they parent and/or move through their lives.
A mother’s mental wellbeing is critical. The consequences of maternal depression affect the whole family. The risk of depression and anxiety is higher among mothers without the tools or support systems to manage the inherent stress of motherhood.
The LifeWise Maternal Mental Health program provides mothers and those in mothering roles with the space to gather and gain strength from professionals and peers (also known as social capital). Through coaching, therapy, support and therapeutic groups, mothers find emotional and practical help. They gain knowledge on relevant topics, driven by their own needs and interests, including mother-child attachment, socialization, and information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Apoyo y Cariño (Support and Care) is a targeted initiative focused on Latina mothers who are pregnant or parenting. We provide a weekly support group in Spanish that allows mothers to find space for themselves, better understand their needs, and connect with one another.
Project BEGIN: Be.Grow.Invest is another targeted initiative centered on maternity leave planning for working or studying mothers. Working mothers are assisted with all aspects of leave planning, such as financial coaching, benefits applications, emotional and physical wellness tools, and more. The goal of the program is to reduce stress for new mothers, so they can dedicate their precious leave time to developing healthy bonds with their babies. *In 2023 we will pilot a matched savings account in collaboration with Economic Wellness for pregnant women who are working to save money to use during their leave.
Mamas y Bebes/Mothers and Babies, CBT based psychoeducational group for perinatal women: Using this evidence-based curriculum, we teach perinatal women ways to identify their moods and what affects them. These 6 week courses are offered episodically in English and Spanish.