Perfectionism and Postpartum Depression

I can still clearly remember sitting in the new moms group that I participated in when my daughter was first born, now nearly 15 years ago. I remember sharing my birth story and describing how my hopes of having an intervention-free birth were dashed when I developed HELLP syndrome (preeclampsia with its usual suspects of…

Virtual Support Groups for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Starting April 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of virtual support groups for pregnant and postpartum women at Wildflower. Under the best of circumstances, the transition to motherhood is an unpredictable, all-encompassing, and often bewildering journey. Experiencing it during the coronavirus pandemic is an entirely uncharted territory. Let us support you in facing the challenges of…

Therapist Spotlight: Jessica Coors, M.Ed., LCPC, PMH-C

Jessica is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at Wildflower. She earned her Master’s degree at DePaul University in Community Counseling. She holds certificates and training focused on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Jessica is also a certified perinatal mental health professional. She has extensive training in…

Understanding Premenstrual Disorders

In my practice it is quite frequent that I hear women reporting various levels of emotional and physical discomfort around their periods. Severity of symptoms may differ from cycle to cycle, and so does the ability to function at a regular, so-called base level. Indeed, during reproductive years women go through various hormonal fluctuations, not…

Therapist Spotlight: Victoria Stroz, MA, LPC

Victoria is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University and Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Villanova University. Victoria is an integrative therapist who calls on various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her clinical work. Prior to becoming a…

Therapist Spotlight: Kate Ernstrom, MSW, LCSW

Kate is a psychotherapist and Director of Clinical Operations at Wildflower. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. She has extensive training in treating mood and anxiety disorders as well as trauma through evidence-based practices,…

Breathe: A mind/body workshop for women facing infertility will be held on June 2, 2019

Breathe: A Mind/Body Workshop for Women Facing Infertility will be held at Wildflower on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 10 am to 2pm. No woman feels prepared to confront her infertility diagnosis and treatment. It is impossible to anticipate the shock, grief, isolation, and exhausting cycle of hope and fear that characterize the experience of…

I am “1 in 8”.

I am one of the 7.3 million that infertility affected.  I am one of the lucky ones; I am an infertility “survivor”.  I write this to honor and support the women currently on their infertility journey. I am open about my infertility struggle.  I am proud of my struggle.  I am proud of the immense effort…

The Psychological Turmoil of Infertility and the Power of Validation

One in eight couples experience infertility, making it more common than breast cancer and as common as type 2 diabetes. The waiting rooms of fertility clinics overflow with worried couples who hope that the scientific advances in assisted reproductive technologies will help their dream of becoming parents come true. What many women and men are…

Therapist Spotlight: Danielle Fixler, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Danielle is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Vermont and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the Loyola University Chicago. Prior to coming to Wildflower, Danielle has worked in a number of settings, including a community mental health clinic, a methadone treatment department,…