It Takes a Village to Raise a Mother: Katie Caddell’s Presentation on Maternal Mental Health

At Wildflower, we believe that in order to thrive as a mother and be able to attune to her baby’s needs and feelings, the mother must be nurtured also. Our mainstream cultural narrative extols maternal independence and praises mothers that seem to juggle it all effortlessly, happily, and with little need for support. The reality is that mothers thrive when they are interdependent, that is, embedded in communities that recognize both the joys and the challenges of mothering, provide support and nurturance to the baby and the mother, and help the mother develop increased confidence in her role and skills as a parent.

Katie Caddell, LCSW is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist at Wildflower who is passionate about helping moms develop strong bonds with their babies. Katie regularly engages in advocacy and educational efforts to strengthen and empower the communities in which mothers are embedded. Katie was recently invited by the Public School District in Waukegan, Illinois to conduct a full day workshop on postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to a group of infant specialists who provide home services to infants and their families in the district.

Infant specialists are professional educators and advocates whose primary role is to support children and families through, among others, home visits. They are an important part of the community for many new mothers, and it is therefore critical that they have the pertinent knowledge and clinical skills to detect perinatal mood and anxiety disorders so they can provide needed supports and referrals. Katie was delighted to present on this subject to these dedicated professionals.

To learn more about the work of infant specialists, click here.

To learn about Baby Talk, an evidence-based educational curriculum that is frequently followed by infant specialists in their work with new parents, visit this website.

About Aga Grabowski, LCSW, PMH-C, CST (she/her)

I am a co-founder of Wildflower, a psychotherapist, a presenter and a consultant in the area of perinatal and reproductive mental health.  Many other aspects of my personal identity shape my clinical work: chief among them is the family and immigrant background which has informed my attunement to the psychological upheaval that accompanies major life transitions and to the many sociocultural forces that impact our lived experience.

In my clinical work, I am focused on helping people thrive and cope during periods of significant change, and particularly during journeys towards and through parenthood which may involve infertility, losses, depression, anxiety, and conflict.  I work with people from all walks in life. Clients I work with are some of the strongest, most resilient folks I know. They don’t always feel this way, and they come to therapy feeling raw, maybe lost, and certainly quite vulnerable. It takes courage to confront your pain and struggle. I view psychotherapy as a deeply collaborative process that aims to help you discover and tap into your strengths and resources.  You already have what it takes to feel better, be happier, face challenges – good psychotherapy basically helps you access all that. This can only happen if your therapist genuinely cares about and respects you and is invested in their own ongoing professional development and personal growth.

I have extensive training in perinatal and reproductive mental health, evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, sex therapy, and trauma.  I earned my bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of Chicago and obtained my master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.  I often present on topics related to mental health. I am an AASECT-certified sex therapist and a certified perinatal mental health clinician. My most valuable learning experiences come from my clients: their experience, wisdom and perspective have shaped my clinical practice the most, something I am deeply grateful for.

LCSW License Number:149016046
Type 1 NPI Number: 1841631132
Accepts: BCBS PPO and BlueChoice plans, Lyra, self-pay and out of network clients


Selected training and affiliation
AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist
Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training
Bringing Baby Home Educator Training, Gottman Institute
Circle of Security Parent Educator
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) training
Gottman Method Level 1 training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training

Key beliefs
People are stronger and more resilient than they often realize.
Our culture teaches us to be fiercely independent. To thrive, we need to embrace being interdependent -- deep connection with others is essential for happiness.

More about me
I love the outdoors and hiking, camping, kayaking.
I can’t live without chocolate.
I feel grateful every day for getting to do the work I love.