Facilitators

Those facilitators with the tiny bird are currently facilitating Listening Mothers™ classes.
Those facilitators with the EAP are Microsoft Employee Assistance approved.

Offering Support & Critical Knowledge Navigating Parenthood

Building and sustaining healthy parent-child relationships through advancing a mindful and a reflective approach to parenting.

Yaffa Maritz

Yaffa Maritz

Co-Founder & Clinical Director

Yaffa Maritz is a co-founder of Listening Mothers and clinical director of both Listening Mothers™ and Reflective Parenting, two research based parenting programs. She is founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and serves on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health.

Gigi Wickwire

Gigi Wickwire

RN, MSW, LSWAIC

There is magic and mystery that surrounds the mother and baby dyad. While the whole family circle is revered by Gigi Wickwire, RN, MSW, LSWAIC she is especially compelled by working with mothers and babies to invite the innate wisdom residing in each being to support a dance of love, joy, learning and reciprocity. Gigi has trained in both classic academic settings and on the path of a healer & teacher. She loves to meet families wherever they are in their understanding and mirror for them their beauty. She feels grateful to stand with them in their challenges of finding their evolving truth and witness their pleasure in parenting. Gigi looks forward to sitting with you in a Listening Mothers circle soon.

Eliza Baughn

Eliza Baughn

MA, LMHCA

I am a counseling/psychotherapy associate in private practice in Seattle. I specialize in helping people reduce anxiety and resolve depression associate with parenting and career challenges, while increasing harmony and a sense of well being in family life. I believe the transition to parenthood opens us up to aspects of ourselves that may not have been previously explored. Herein lies a wonderful opportunity for growth, change, repair, healing, and living a life defined by one’s chosen values. As a Listening Mothers facilitator I am honored to offer my four years of experience working as a birth doula along with my training and experience as a psychodynamic therapist. I look forward to working compassionately, mindfully, alongside you during this time in your life.

Erin B. Bernau

Erin B. Bernau

MSW, LICSW

I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and have worked as a Child Placement Specialist at Amara Parenting and Adoption Services. I have also done extensive work in the field of children's grief and loss through Hospice of Seattle and Evergreen Healthcare's Bereavement Services. After having my own children, I became interested in the adjustment to parenthood and am committed to supporting families as they make this transition. I completed a program in Infant Observation through COR Northwest Family Development Center. I have also worked as a parent educator at Seattle Central Community College's Parent Child Center and as a PEPS facilitator. Having participated in Listening Mothers with my own baby, I know firsthand how helpful and illuminating this experience can be for a new mom.

Hagit Golan

Hagit Golan

Psychotherapist

When a woman opens her life to receive a child she enters a sensitive and powerful phase in a her life. Working as a therapist with pregnant and new moms, I cherish being an aware witness of moms and babies at this special moment as they connect, wonder and grow. Listening Mothers creates a circle for you and your baby to meet moms and babies, and together share your wisdom and emotions in a mindful, compassionate way. You will practice being in the moment with acceptance and curiosity to the feelings, fears, conflicts and joys involved in this transition to motherhood. As you better understand yourself and your baby you will be in harmony, and enjoy magical moments filled with joy and love. I welcome you and your baby to join our circle.

Veronique Burke, LCSW

Veronique Burke

LCSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and I am the New Parents Services director at Family Services in Bellevue. I have always had a special interest in issues related to the early parenting years and I have specialized in the treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders. I have dedicated my work to developing services and support for healthy pregnancy and transition to parenthood in developing the Beyond the Baby Blues program and the Listening Mothers program.

Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer

MA, LMHC

Becoming a parent is a powerful experience. We change, grow, and often encounter unexpected parts of ourselves. In my work as a psychotherapist I’m deeply interested in supporting expectant and new parents in their unique transitions into parenthood. It can be a time of joy, wonder, love, doubt, fear, overwhelm, and more. How we come to understand and accept ourselves matters and will greatly influence how we feel and how we parent. Listening Mothers allows an opportunity for you to explore your experiences with awareness and compassion so that you can find greater fulfillment in your relationships with yourself, your baby, and others. I’m honored and delighted to support mothers in this process of discovery and connection.

Jamie Wazenkewitz

Jamie Elzea

MSW, MPH, LICSW

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health. Additionally, I’ve pursued post-graduate studies in Infant Mental Health, trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and am a Listening Mothers facilitator. I am the Executive Director at ConnecT1D, serving children and families living with Type 1 Diabetes, have a private counseling practice called Nurtureways focused on serving families in the childbearing and parenting years, and teach parent/baby classes at Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool. I use evidence-based approaches and compassionate care to support the development of strong parent/child relationships and enhanced family well-being.

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Megan H. Wood

Megan H. Wood

CPM, LM

I am a licensed midwife, a breastfeeding specialist, and a prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher. I am also a mother with 13 years of experience. Since becoming a mother myself, I have been passionate about working with women and babies. I am constantly amazed by the love, willingness to learn and grow that I see in my work. I believe the ideal time to begin the practice mindfulness and self-compassion is our childbearing year. In my experience, women are emotionally open and interested in making positive changes themselves as well as their growing families at this time. It is my pleasure to meet new moms in their emotionally open state as a loving and supportive presence and responsive guide.

Krista Murtfeldt

Krista Murtfeldt

MSW, LICSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice based in the North Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. I have over 15 years of experience working as a counselor and group facilitator and specialize in women’s emotional wellbeing/health and infant development. I also work at University of Washington Medical Center as a perinatal social worker. My background affords me insight into the overwhelming nature of ‘change’ that happens as a result of adding a new little one to your family, a possible change in career, change in your relationship with your spouse.

Rama Ronen

Rama Ronen

PhD

I am a CA licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in San Ramon and Palo Alto, CA. Since I became a mom about 10 years ago my passion, curiously, and outmost compassion goes to working with families adjusting to parenthood. That can include individual work with mom/dad, couples work, attachment to baby and parenting consultation. In a supportive and validating manner, we learn to apply effective skills across different aspects in your life. I incorporate CBT and mindfulness approaches in my practice. My previous work at the MOMS program at El Camino Hospital helped me to better understand the unique elements of the perinatal period. I am also a mom of 3 boys.

Renee Metty

Renee Metty

M. Ed. The Cove School Owner and Founder

I have a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education as well as a M.Ed in Special Education from Boston College and a degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. I am the founder and owner of The Cove School in West Seattle which fosters a supportive learning environment by using mindfulness techniques, Montessori inspiration and design thinking strategies during their early learning experience is an essential piece of The Cove ways. I am also one of the founders of the West Seattle Preschool Association. I am a Certified Positive Discipline Educator as well as a candidate for Certified Mindful Schools facilicator.

Lynne Brazg

Lynne Brazg

M. Education

I recieved a Masters in Education with an emphasis on School Counseling from Seattle Pacific University. I have an advanced certificate in Infant Mental Health from the University of Washington and am trained and certified leader of Positive Discipline Parenting groups. I have focused as a parent educator and coach, working with children and parents from all backgrounds and ages in a variety of settings for over 18 years.

Maria Gehl

Maria Gehl

MSW

I have a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and over 25 years experience working across a variety of disciplines serving children and families. As a parent and in supporting other families and children, I have witnessed the profound impact of the earliest experiences on every aspect of development, relationship and health. As a result I have developed a passion for and commitment to supporting those early relationships with a spirit of joy and inquiry. In addition to being a Listening Mothers facilitator I oversee the training and consultation for the implementation of a federal home visiting program for very young children which is housed at ZERO TO THREE.

Carey DeMartini

Carey DeMartini

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition to more than ten years of experience as a therapist and a yoga instructor, I am also a past participant of a Listening Mother's group and am honored to return as a facilitator. I look forward to supporting the emotional health and well-being of moms and babies, strongly believing that a foundation of mindfulness and openness can help to create a future of connection.

Christina Barrows

Christina Barrows

M.S., LMFTA

I am a psychotherapist trained in Marriage and Family Therapy with special training in Medical Family Therapy. I have worked with university students, cancer patients, and new parents, somehow uniquely guiding me to a deep appreciation for personal growth. My love for working with new parents and babies grew from my own experience as a mother. My passion lies in helping families learn to unplug and trust their internal wisdom on what is right for their unique family.

Sharyn Feldman

Sharyn Feldman

Founder of Mindful Mommy School - Ontario Canada

As an Early Childhood Professional, I specialize in supporting mothers of young children. For over 20 years, I have been developing and facilitating sensory and cognitive play programs for moms and their babies. Specializing in attachment theory and mindful parenting, I studied at the University of Western Ontario, focussing on social, developmental, and educational psychology. I am the founder of the Mindful Mommy School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where mothers learn strategies that help cultivate and deepen the parent-child connection. I am passionate about working with moms who want to become the most effective and loving parents possible.

Jennifer Watanabe

Jennifer Watanabe

Bellevue College Instructor

I have been teaching parenting classes at Bellevue College since 1997. I am a certified Positive Discipline parenting educator. I have vast experience teaching research-based curriculum focusing on child development, temperament, emotion management, and the Positive Discipline curriculum. I completed my parent coaching certification from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute in 2007. I am is passionate about families, especially my own. My husband and I are the proud parents of two boys; 21 and 17 years of age.

Katherine Babington, MD

Katherine Babington, MD

MD, PLLC

I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist focused on working with new mothers and their babies. I completed medical school and residency at the University of Washington and pursued additional training in infant mental health, integrative medicine, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. My life's work is focused on supporting new mothers and helping them to bond more closely with their babies, manage stress, and foster their own unique styles of parenting.

Sarah Nakatsuka

Sarah Nakatsuka

RTC - Victoria, B.C.

Sarah is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, group facilitator, mother, and radical optimist. She has extensive experience supporting individuals, couples, families and groups from the perspective of early attachment and bonding. She is a passionate advocate for aligning with a deep sense of trust in our own internal wisdom. She works a great deal with parents who are committed to raising children in a conscious way, and who also recognize that this path is not meant to be one that is done alone. Parenting done well requires a great deal of support, a great deal of compassion, and a great deal of connection.

Christina Liparini

Christina Liparini

Ph.D. - New Jersey

Through my roles as an educator and licensed psychologist, I’ve been able to use my skills and interpersonal qualities of warmth, humor and genuineness to help individuals realize positive changes and growth. I took on another challenging and wonderful role when I became a mother. All of these roles and passions culminated in my founding Women’s Reach, LLC, where I aim to help women harness their strengths and resources to feel proud of the many roles they also inhabit. With a focus on prospective, expectant, and new mothers, I currently offer group programs aimed at increasing a sense of connection to oneself as well as increasing the sense of support and shared experience that comes from group membership.

Karin Matthews

Karin Matthews

JD, MA, LMFTA, LMHCA

I feel deeply honored to help support women through one of the most sacred times of their lives, the fourth trimester. Motherhood is a time of great change and transformation. There is so much intensity in all aspects of a woman’s existence as she moves through her journey of motherhood. As a Listening Mothers Facilitator, my intention is to hold space for women to connect with their own wisdom and intuition as they find their unique way forward. My deep wish is to offer mothers genuine heartfelt support like that which I received in my own experience as a Listening Mothers participant. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist associate in Upper Queen Anne, Seattle where my husband and I offer two on two couples counseling. I am a strong believer in the importance of attachment in relationship with self and other. For individual clients, my therapeutic approach also includes mindfulness, somatic awareness, Lifespan Integration and Satir Family Therapy.

Sol Riou

Sol Riou

MSW, LICSW

I am excited about meeting new mothers and their little ones! Together we will learn from each other the joys that babies bring into the world. I have had the privilege of sharing the challenges and rewards of parenting with clients, friends and family for over forty years. For over thirty years as a social worker, I have provided parents with support to be the parent that they aspire to be. Some of my more recent trainings in parenting are: Love and Logic, Positive Parenting with a Plan, 1-2-3 Magic, How to Read Your Baby and Baby Massage. I am licensed in the State of Washington as a social worker. I am presently employed as a mental health therapist for a community non-profit, where I teach mindfulness classes to adults and children. I also have my own consulting business, Mindfulness & More. This past year with grants from the Milgard Family Foundation and the Bamford Foundation, I taught the Mindful Schools curriculum and “Stress-Free Parenting” in two public elementary schools in Tacoma, WA. I have worked with a variety of cultures and speak Spanish fluently. It is my passion to share with others, especially parents, the skill of using mindfulness to find happiness even when life presents us with daily stressors that appear unavoidable.

Ferda Celen

Ferda Celen

MA, LMHCA

I hold a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Washington School of Psychology. Prior to my private practice, I worked at a community mental health clinic as therapist. I emigrated to the United States of America from Turkey and I am able to provide counseling in English and Turkish. Before becoming a counselor, I worked in finance, manufacturing and travel companies. I also hold Master of Science degree in Management and Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. Those works were satisfying in many ways, but I felt that something was missing. So, I went back to school to get my degree in psychology. I believe my own journey to find what is right for me in this world gave me better insight and understanding that change is possible. I enjoy helping people who want to make changes in their life. I offer individual therapy for adults in my practice. Helping and supporting new mothers through their journey to parenthood was always one of my goals when I made my career change. Recently, I went through training and became a Listening Mothers facilitator.

Joleen Hollow-Bist

Joleen Hollow-Bist

RN, BSN, Waldorf Early Childhood Educator

I come to Listening Mothers from my deep interest in promoting healthy foundations for children in the first three years of life and beyond. I believe that parenting is a continually developing path. I try to promote the path of becoming self-aware, present, attuned and compassionate to one’s self and in parenting within a supportive environment. My professional background includes graduating from the University of Washington and working as a nurse for over a decade in the pregnancy, childbirth, mother-baby and lactation fields in Seattle, NYC, Boston, and Silverdale Washington. I have also worked for many years as a home hospice nurse in both Seattle and Kitsap County. My nursing background has overlapped with my work as an early childhood teacher at the Waldorf school (Madrona School) on Bainbridge Island, where I have greatly enjoyed teaching Kindergarten, Preschool, and for the past 6 years, the Parent and Child Program. I am a parent of almost 18 years of two children who are 10 years apart in age. During the past few years I have also been a student and support facilitator in the Pathwise Leadership Development Program. This program focuses on developing empathy, psychological self- awareness, and mindfulness of leaders in the greater community. I look forward to continuing to support families of young children as a “Listening Mothers” facilitator for many years to come.

Gina Baird

Gina Baird

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in South Seattle. I am incredibly passionate about working with mothers, especially during the transformative first months of getting to know your new baby. As a Listening Mothers Facilitator, I feel honored to work with mother-baby dyads, and strive to create a welcoming space where all mothers feel supported, can discover and appreciate their own inner resources, and gain a community of like-minded peers. I have worked in healthcare settings as a Women's Health and Pediatrics Social Worker and have been providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and adults for nearly a decade. I specialize in women's health (pregnancy, postpartum, etc.), anxiety disorders and adjustments that impact emotional well-being.

Ellen Slater

Ellen Slater

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing individual, group, and couples counseling in the community. Working with mothers on the practice of Mindfulness is motivated by my belief that if we listen closely, and trust our instinct, there is deep wisdom within. The transition to becoming a mother is extraordinary and beautiful, yet is also complicated and challenging. There are many layers surrounding us that take us away from the present moment. Our culture has messages of the way we "should" parent, there are millions of professional opinions and books that imply a "right" way, and then there are internal dialogues flavored with doubt, self-criticism, or even fear. I provide tools and practices for entering the present moment, which can result in expanded awareness and freedom from limiting beliefs. Additionally, doing this in a group setting allows for connecting to other mothers and realizing you are not alone. For thousands of years mothers have gathered together and shared the experience, but in our more independent culture this has become challenging. I hope to set up a safe space where honesty, connection, and understanding can happen. These groups are focused on cultivating compassion and understanding for self, so you can connect to your inner wisdom as a new mother.

Michelle Greenberg

Michelle Greenberg

LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. For over a decade, I have worked as an Adoption Program Director assisting families in both domestic and international adoptions. My favorite aspect of my work is supporting families throughout the process of becoming a “forever” family. As a mother myself, I understand the joys and challenges that the transition into motherhood can bring. As a Listening Mothers facilitator, I am delighted to be able to support mothers in their own journey as they develop their own unique relationship with themselves, their child and their loved ones. The program offers new moms a great opportunity to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to their parenting style, all within a supportive group atmosphere.

Abby DesJardien

Abby DesJardien

M.A. CCC-SLP

I am a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist with twelve years of experience in acute care, pediatric private practice, and education. My work focuses on forging partnerships with families to implement new strategies and provide them with the resources to thrive in an often difficult situation. My passion for working with families deepened after I became a mother myself. I was drawn to Listening Mothers by the focus on self-compassion, mindfulness skills, and secure attachment to address the magnitude of the transition occurring in the lives of new parents. In addition to my work as a Speech Language Pathologist and Listening Mothers facilitator, I have experience with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, training in Infant Mental Health and I am a candidate for certified Mindful Schools facilitator.

Lucy McGirr

Lucy McGirr

MSW, LSWAIC

Lucy believes that mindfulness attunes us to the beauty that lies in stillness. Her formal training is in Social Work and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She currently works on the CHERISH team at Kindering providing Infant Mental Health services to foster children birth to three and their families. Lucy has taken an 8-week MBSR course with Dr. Elizabeth Lin, maintains a daily practice and has attended a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat. Lucy is drawn to provide mindfulness to expecting mothers and new mothers because she has experienced firsthand the peace that it can offer. Mindfulness allows us to begin to tolerate fear, pain, insecurity and unease in a compassionate and supportive setting. We are then provided a choice to tolerate and move through these feelings rather than escape or survive them.

Janaki Tremaglio

Janaki Tremaglio

MSW

Currently a Master of Social Work student, I will complete my degree in the spring of 2016. I recently finished a graduate certificate in infant mental health, and am in a yearlong internship providing therapy to families with children under age six. Before moving to Seattle, I lived in New Mexico where I worked for five years as a family service coordinator and developmental specialist for a birth to three developmental program. Through this program, I became trained as an infant massage instructor and a Child of Security Parent Educator. I came to Listening Mothers with an interest in connecting my background in infant mental health to my spiritual studies. In Listening Mothers, I found a curriculum and community that offers transformative tools for parenting and everyday life. I look forward to our time together!

Jennifer Mendelson

Jennifer Mendelson

Jennifer Mendelson has extensive experience with women and families from her 12 years working as a birth and postpartum doula in Seattle. Her unique sensitivity, compassion, and humor allow her to be a deft guide through postpartum waters - stormy or not. She has helped families through traumatic birth recovery, postpartum mood disorders, lactation challenges, and new parents' evolving identities. Jennifer is a lucky mom, stepmom and spouse. The winner of Red Tricycle's Most Awesome Doula Award, she is delighted to be offering Listening Mothers groups in Seattle!

Joy MacTavish

Joy MacTavish

MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE

Joy MacTavish is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, certified babywearing consultant, perinatal and parenting educator and has a background as a birth and postpartum doula. She shares her experience through in-home and small group consultations and education. Joy enjoys supporting families through all aspects of their parenting journey – from prenatal preparation, early days with a newborn, addressing challenges, exploring transitions, all the way through weaning. Outside of her professional life, her most important role is as mama to a little person who enjoys exploring, reading and cuddling.

Jennifer Given-Helms

Jennifer Given-Helms

LSWAIC, MSW, M.Ed

Crossing the threshold into becoming a mother is an intense and wonderful time. I love supporting mother-baby dyads through this tender time and the opportunities for growth, grace, and healing that arise. In my private counseling practice in Edmonds, I support mothers and children with a focus on mindful parenting, postpartum adjustment and compassionate self-care, parenting while living with a chronic condition, parenting a child with chronic health and/or special needs, and navigating family transitions. I am also honored to hold space as a Listening Mothers facilitator. The 8-week curriculum offers mother-baby dyads an opportunity to sit with others in a mindful community, tools to help access each individual’s intuitive wisdom, and support in developing their unique connection and path forward. I am excited to share this experience with you and the precious being who has come into your life.

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ~Anne Sexton


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