Perinatal & Women's Mental Health Counseling, PLLC - Amy Chouinard, MA, LCMHC
About
Amy Chouinard, MA, LCMHC

Welcome to Perinatal & Women's Mental Health Counseling, an independent and private clinical therapy practice operated by Amy Chouinard, a NH Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  
Amy has shared a deep passion for mother and infant health and wellness since she was very young, being the youngest volunteer to assist in a local community crisis pregnancy center while in high school.  She began her counseling career working with teens.  As her family grew, so did her original passion.  She is devoted to help a woman's transition into motherhood; to develop new skills, to enhance personal growth, and to increase insight, awareness and self-understanding. 
     In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Amy is a certified School Counselor, is credentialed as a National Certified Counselor, and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Counseling.  She has been trained by Karen Kleiman, founder of the Postpartum Stress Center and Author of many books including "This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression." Amy serves as an Executive Member of the Postpartum Stress Center's Council for Advanced Clinical  Practice.  She has also trained and has been certified by Alice Domar of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health for Infertility.  Amy serves as a member of the Elliot Hospital's Postpartum Task Force Committee and the NH State Postpartum Alliance Committee.  
 
Valerie J Mazzola, MSW, LICSW
Valerie has over 27 years of experience in the field of Clinical Social Work.  Her professional experience has been acquired in various settings all focused on health and well being of adolescents, adults and families, with the belief that every individual has strengths. 
  Valerie's experience includes evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing treatment planning for both individuals and families in the community and in the home.  She has worked within the criminal justice system with particular focus on adolescents, diversion efforts and education, in addition to intersystemic coordination of services with foster parents and Guardian Ad Litems.  Valerie has over 12 years of experience in emergency and crisis intervention, trauma support, and psychiatric disposition.
    Valerie's current work in the capacity of a school social worker focuses on adolescent issues and how these struggles impact education.   Valerie heads up a mentoring program for high school students which focuses on the importance of personal connections, how to change negative behavior patterns and becoming aware of one's strengths and potential to grow. 

Christie Chapman, MSW, LICSW
    Christie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Eastern Nazarene College and a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve Univiersity.  She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Hampshire and has completed the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Components of Care training through Postpartum Support International.  Her work has focused on treating mood, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorders in women and adolescents, and she has 11 years of experience treating mother-child diads from birth through young adulthood.  
     Christie became passionate about treating mothers and families during her own pregnancy and postpartum period.  Her passion was solidified following the birth of her second child, when she endured her own experience of postpartum depression.  Now a mother to three, she is a firm believer in the importance of maternal mental health in nurturing emotionally healthy children, families, and communities. 
     Christie presented on Babywearing and Postpartum Mental Health at the International Babywearing Converence in 2014 and 2016, and volunteers s an Advanced Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of the Merrimack Valley.

Meghan Santos, MSW, LICSW
     Meghan is a 2003 graduate of Boston University School of Social Work.  She is a licensed social worker and has worked in mental health, both as a clinician and as a researcher, for over 15 years. Meghan became passionate about working with women during very important life transitions on her own journey to becoming a mother.  She believes in the importance of honoring and supporting the well-being of women as they navigate the emotions and stressors that frequently accompany these transitions.  
     Meghan completed the Maternal Mental Health Certificate with Postpartum International and utilizes cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and positive psychology techniques in her work.  

 
Therapy Session - 45 or 60 minutes
**some insurance companies only allow 45 min sessions**

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