Katlyn Workman, LCPC, PMH-C
Becoming a parent is such a profoundly emotional transition, and whether it's your first or your fifth, you may want a little more help. My goal is to help mothers adjust to their new role and to establish and maintain adequate support and wellness throughout the entire childbearing journey. In 2020, I established Ardeo Counseling LLC to offer new mothers a safe and inviting practice with their unique needs in mind.
I have been working in mental health since 2011, and following the birth of my daughter in 2016, I discovered a passion for maternal mental health. In 2019, I became the first provider in Harford County to be certified in Perinatal Mental Health. Since then, I have completed additional training in infertility/reproductive counseling, and am a member of Postpartum Support International and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
I am a lifelong Harford County resident, and I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children in and around Havre de Grace. I am a self-proclaimed "book nerd," and when I find some (rare) quiet time, you can usually find me reading, quilting, or binging TV.
I pride myself on being open and easy to talk to; if you are looking for additional support throughout your journey, please email me to set up a meeting.
Megan Mitchell, LCPC, PMH-C
Hello and welcome! I am passionate about working with individuals who are pregnant, postpartum, trying to conceive, or experiencing other various challenges related to pregnancy or parenthood. Becoming a parent can be one the most exciting times of our lives, though it does not come without it’s challenges, twists and turns. You may be struggling with mental health symptoms, or merely overwhelmed with adjusting to new life circumstances related to the child-bearing time period. No matter your situation, we can work together to transform difficult life experiences into motivating and meaningful platforms for positive change within yourself and personal relationships.
My primary goal as a therapist is to create a warm and welcoming space for you to feel understood, heard, respected, and safe. I enter each session with empathy, an open mind, and a touch of humor. I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and with the proper non-judgmental support and unconditional positive regard, you have the ability to tap into your own innate tools and wisdom for growth and expansion that is authentic and true to you! I work collaboratively with my clients and meet them where they are to help nurture their own personal goals for achieving the life they desire.
I have received advanced training in perinatal mental health and mood disorders through Postpartum Support International, and have additional experience working with individuals who have struggled with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, identity development, parenting, women’s issues, substance use/addiction and relationship issues. I also have extensive training in spiritually-integrated psychotherapy for those who wish to incorporate this component into their treatment. I utilize a person-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive approach that incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, psychoanalysis, and other various theoretical interventions holistically tailored to meet your individual needs, strengths, and preferences.
Parents cannot give from a depleted source. When you invest in your own health, wellness, and growth, you are also investing in that of your children’s, and so much more. Just like taking necessary safety measures on an airplane, it is critical that you put your oxygen mask on first! I understand that the first step towards finding the right therapist can be quite intimidating—I would love to hear from you so we can we further discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does therapy help with perinatal mental health?
Talk therapy allows a person the safe, nonjudgmental space to explore the symptoms and causes of their distress. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based model of treatment which helps individual to discover the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. By talking through the feelings of sadness, fear, guilt, and loneliness, we can work to reduce their impact on mom's daily life. Remission is absolutely possible with these types of illnesses, and talk therapy is an excellent tool toward recovery.
How long are sessions? How often should I come in?
Sessions typically last for one hour, though arrangements can be made if needed. Please note that "one hour" is measured as 53 minutes and up to allow your therapist to document on your session and to avoid running over into the next scheduled appointment.
While each client is different and presents unique needs, most clients begin with weekly appointments. These can be spaced out or increased depending on diagnosis, severity of symptoms, or timeline of pregnancy/postpartum needs.
What about cost? Do you accept insurance?
Ardeo Counseling is in network with United Healthcare, Cigna, Carefirst, Blue Cross, Blue Shield plans. If you are insured through a carrier we do not work with, we can discuss out-of-network benefits. For those choosing to pay out of pocket, or without insurance, our rates are $150 for the first session (includes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning). After your intake, sessions are $120 for one hour of therapy. Sliding scale is also available as appropriate.
Can my baby or older children come to sessions?
Babes in arms are always welcome in session, and we do our best to ensure that the office is baby-proofed. Please also feel comfortable to nurse, change, or otherwise care for your baby as needed. Older children are welcome to sessions if you feel like you will be able to fully engage in the treatment process. If there is a chance that you will be too distracted or uncomfortable speaking openly with your child present, please consider arranging childcare.
Will I be prescribed medication?
Ardeo Counseling does not offer medication management, and those clients seeking medication will be referred to their family physician, OB/GYN, or psychiatrist for this service. That said, many mothers do not seek medication and find that talk therapy can be sufficient in managing their symptoms. We encourage clients to explore all treatment options which may be beneficial, and are able to discuss typical medications prescribed during the perinatal period in order to empower clients to make the best decision for themselves.