Our children don't come with a manual.
As parents, we have the most important job in the world. For many of us, this can feel like a lot of pressure from the beginning. That's why my practice prioritizes helping families to get off to a strong start, with a special focus on new parents and their babies.
-Individual support around perinatal mental health for parents (aiming to prevent Postpartum Depression & Anxiety when possible).
-Hands-on parenting support with building your understanding of your child's needs including my direct observation and modeling (when appropriate). Building a strong attachment is essential but difficult sometimes for a host of reasons.
-Consultation to support sibling adjustments to new baby. Learning how to divide your attention and feel like you're "enough" is challenging.
-Learning mindfulness and guided meditation as tools to support your transition to the new "work-life balance" goal that is especially elusive for many of us parents.
Contact me to learn how my individualized support may help you and your family.
What is Happy Parents, Happy Babies?
My psychotherapy practice specializes in providing new parent counseling to benefit the entire family. Therapeutic services are offered through home visits (subject to location), as well as office sessions.
Building self-awareness and developing a rewarding parenting perspective is a unique and sensitive process for each mother and father. Many of us can use some support along the way. I am the mom of four boys. When I was adjusting to having my third child, I was in need of emotional support that my family and partner could not provide. That's when I realized that in-home support is so important for new parents, who often, like I felt, see leaving the house for "one more appointment" as exhausting and too much of a burden. I aim to provide responsive, sensitive support to new families as they navigate difficult transitions of many forms.
As parents, we all need support and it's okay to ask for help.
- Emily Griffin, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Serving Washington, DC and Maryland
Mom of four
Emily Griffin, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Psychotherapist and Parenting Coach
Bringing Baby Home Certified Educator
Native Washingtonian & Mom of four sons
Contributor to ScaryMommy.com
New Parent & Preschool Parenting Coach workshop leader (DC area)
New Parent Support Groups
*Contact Emily for current schedule of classes & groups
You can enjoy your job as a parent.
-Expecting & new parents
-Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (prevention & treatment)
-Learning about your baby's needs
-Parents of multiples
-Emotional or behavioral changes with your children
-Multicultural, LGBT & adoptive families
Frequently Asked QUestions about my practice
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not work directly with insurance plans. I find this gives me flexibility to work as comprehensively as desired to help the families I visit. A sliding scale is available for clients in need. Please call for session rates and let us know if you are in need of an adjusted rate. A monthly receipt is provided for clients to submit for potential reimbursement. Read more about this on the Insurance page of this website.
Where is your office?
I have limited office hours in Takoma Park and Bethesda, MD (near redline metro, by appointment only). In-home sessions are available as well, depending on your location. Call to confirm if you are interested.
What therapeutic approaches do you use?
I combine elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and relaxation techniques, Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, Solution-focused and strengths-based approaches, and motivational coaching (for those who want it). The client's faith & spirituality, as well as creative outlets such as art, writing, and music can be incorporated into our work together. How I work with a particular family is unique to their situation, needs, & desired outcomes, while using evidence-based practices.
Do you work with children and parents or just parents?
Children are often incorporated into the work we do together, and should be in many instances. This is decided collaboratively between parent and therapist and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
David M. Burns