Meet Stacey Sherrell, Therapist.
Updated: Sep 22, 2019
I met Stacey via Instagram, of all places! I liked a post of hers and she reached out to me. Before I knew it, we were meeting in a coffee shop. The power of social media! Stacey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Glendale, California who works with expecting and newly postpartum folks.
Sometimes, seeking therapy can be daunting and confusing. Psychotherapists can hold a series of different titles. There are psychiatrists, who are medical doctors licensed to prescribe medication. There are psychologists, also at the doctoral level although not MD's. There are MFT's, LPCC's, and LCSW's- all are titles that signify the person has a Master's level degree and are licensed to counsel others. Those working towards licensure have "associate" instead of "licensed". Some psychotherapists accept insurance, other's do not. It's worth speaking to a therapist about their sliding scale if you are on a budget.
Stacey was able to answer some commonly asked questions I hear from folks in the community who may be curious about starting therapy or are unsure if therapy is right for them.
Can you introduce yourself and what you do for a living?
Hi! I am Stacey Sherrell, I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and have a private practice in Glendale, CA and run the Nurturing the New Mother, "4th-trimester" class at Glendale Adventist Hospital. (This class is $25 and open to the public.) In my practice, I work with individuals and couples who are going through life transitions and needing more tools and support to help with adjusting to whatever change is in front of them.
How can psychotherapy help a new mom/parent?
Therapy is unbiased, informed support. Look becoming a parent, from the moment that test says positive, is a life-altering experience…for good and for bad. Therapy can be the place to safely talks about the highs and lows without judgement, gain education about whether your experience (sadness, anger, anxiety, happiness) around becoming a new parent is typical, and learn how to manage all of the changes within yourself, your relationship and our family in a healthy more efficient way.
Do you have to be suffering from postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety to benefit from psychotherapy?
Nope! I think that is a big misconception about therapy, that in order to seek support you have to meet all the checkboxes of a diagnosis. Therapy can absolutely help with PPD and PPA, but it can also just be a space that is 100% YOURS to learn how to better navigate adjusting to your new life and role.
What would you say to someone who may be nervous to reach out to a therapist for help?
I would say of course you are nervous! You are reaching out to a total stranger to talk about some really personal, deep stuff and that can feel a bit abnormal at first…but that is the beauty of therapy. We get to build a relationship together that is just about supporting you, and when you leave my office, I don’t leave with you. That is what makes therapy different than just talking to friends or family who may have their own involvements and opinions in your life. Starting with a therapist opens doors to new insights, a better relationship with yourself, and you leave with new empowerment to make your life more fully.
Stacey's website: https://staceysherrelltherapy.com/about/
Stacey's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkwithstacey/