LET'S TALK!

Kristi Shaw, MS, LMHC

​​Tel: 435-429-1055

Kristileeshaw@gmail.com

107 S 1470 E Ste. 104

St. George, UT 84790 

 

EXPERTISE

AREAS  OF

 

I WILL HELP YOU THROUGH.

Although I have specialized training & interest in the specific areas listed, I consistently work with all different situations & circumstances including anxiety, depression, infertility, perfectionism, relational issues and other concerns. I can help you through the challenges that have brought you here. Let's talk to see if I'm the best fit for you. 

 

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, ANXIETY & PERINATAL MOOD DISORDERS

 

Postpartum depression is the number one complication of child birth & the most under diagnosed obstetrical 

complication in the United States. Postpartum depression and anxiety are also known as prenatal mood and anxiety disorders which can affect a person anytime during pregnancy and after pregnancy. Symptoms of postpartum depression & anxiety include but are not limited to feeling sad & depressed, more irritable/angry than normal, having difficulty bonding with your baby, crying often for no reason, mood swings, intense & constant worries, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and/or shame, panic attacks, thoughts of harming yourself or baby, not feeling yourself and more. Postpartum depression & anxiety are different than the baby blues. Although they may have some of the same symptoms, postpartum depression &/or anxiety last longer & symptoms are more severe than the baby blues. If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, it is highly recommended to get screened for postpartum depression & anxiety.  Untreated perinatal disorders can last for months or years. Perinatal mood & anxiety disorders are nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about & it is critical to get the help you deserve. With my specialized training in perinatal mood & anxiety disorders,  I can give you the support, skills & resources to minimize symptoms and help you feel better as soon as possible. I will make sure you're getting the help you need to successfully work through the adjustments of parenthood. There is hope & you will feel like yourself again! 

GRIEF & LOSS

No one should be alone in loss & grief. I will help you work through the overwhelming emotions of your loss to help you find coping skills you need to adjust to the loss of your loved one. I will provide support, guidance and hope during this time of uncertainty. Loss is part of the human experience, but we have a hard time speaking about our pain & emotions associated with our losses. Loss affects us in every aspect of our life and self. Often, we suppress our complex emotions that come with grief & loss because we don't know how to manage it all. We naturally hope that we will "get over" our loss and wonder why we are still struggling months later because of expectations- whether we place them on ourselves or others place their expectations on us. The truth is, we never "get over" the loss of a loved one- death ends a life but does not end a relationship. We change and the loss of a loved one becomes part of our story. Grieving and mourning affects everyone differently. Grief is not the same for anyone, it is a very personal experience but that does not mean you are alone and have to go through it alone. You need support in loss and you need a place of safety and trust to help you on your journey. Grief is not always the result of a death. It can be the result of divorce, job loss, life altering illness, empty nesting and other situations. Whatever loss you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone and without support. I have specialized training in grief, loss and bereavement through Resolve Through Sharing/Gundersen Health Organization & Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Please reach out to see how I can help you in your process.

 

TRAUMA COUNSELING (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy with a special capacity to reduce and overcome the symptoms of traumatic events. When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, thoughts, sounds, feelings and body sensations. EMDR has different phases in which bilateral stimulation through eye movement is used to help reprocess traumatic/adverse experiences. Through EMDR, a person will reprocess the memory in a safe environment which will help the client gain new cognitive insights, eliminate emotional distress, and greatly reduce symptoms of trauma. EMDR is a scientifically researched therapy that is recognized by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the American Psychiatric Association as one of the most effective treatments of post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.