She/Her/HersPsychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, PCNS
Laura Chalk is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Providence, RI with a specialization in women's mental health. She provides talk therapy and medication management for adults and parents navigating postpartum challenges, sexual health, attachment challenges, anxiety, and depression. Laura is is an expert in working with women and their families during pregnancy and postpartum, bringing over 15 years of experience in midwifery and clinical work at Women & Infants Hospital to private practice. She has a special interest in birth trauma, perinatal loss, and depression and anxiety in the pregnancy and postpartum period.
Laura primarily takes a psychodynamic approach grounded in attachment theory and incorporates other evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) in order to help clients understand underlying self-beliefs while also providing immediate symptom relief. Laura provides psychiatric medication management as needed, prescribing conservatively and where indicated.
Laura received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in Nurse-Midwifery and her BA from Tufts University. She obtained a post-master's degree as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist from URI. She is dedicated to creating an open and safe environment where no topic is off limits and enjoys ushering clients through vulnerable times with more confidence and resiliency.
Perinatal mental health - Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Attachment issues - Challenges with mood, behavior, and social relationships arising from failure to form normal attachment to primary caregiver in early childhood
Sexual health - Supporting individuals and relationships to work towards achieving satisfying sexual lives and functioning in navigating varying levels of physical ability that can impact sexual functioning; this may include impacts of disability, chronic illness, or mental health as well as the normal variation that occurs in bodily function as people age and bodies change; expertise in treating vaginismus
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Medication management - Prescribing and optimizing medication regimens with specialized training in pregnant and breastfeeding women
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Women & Infants Department of Women's Behavioral Health, 2014 - 2017
RIC School of Nursing, Adjunct Faculty, 2010 - 2013
University of Rhode Island, Post Masters Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, MSN, Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, 1994
Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts in French