She/Her/HersLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Missy Hem is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and specializes in practice with people in the perinatal stage of life: pregnancy, postpartum, and adjustment to parenthood. Ideal clients for Missy include folks who are are suffering from persistent mood changes such as anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, high levels of stress, or panic. They may have experienced infertility, pregnancy or infant loss, high risk pregnancy, medical complications, a traumatic birth experience, a NICU stay for their newborn. Others seek out perinatal therapy when parenthood places a strain on their partnership or family relationships, or if they had a difficult childhood themselves and are revisiting those experiences from a new perspective.
Missy believes that a safe, trusting relationship between a client and therapist is essential. Missy utilizes Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy), in which the client and the therapist are equal partners in the therapeutic relationship, and the client is considered an expert in their own experience. In this approach, Missy helps clients by listening without judgment, empathizing with their experience, helping clients accept negative emotions, and decreasing clients' feelings of guilt and defensiveness. This type of therapy encourages clients to think about life in new ways and consider different viewpoints and ways of being. Missy also incorporates mindful breathing and body awareness, and sometimes uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help recognize and change negative thought patterns.
Prior to opening her private practice, Missy worked as a Doula and Childbirth Educator for six years, which helped her understand the myriad challenges parents face when they are growing their families. Missy became a Perinatal Mental Health certified therapist through Postpartum Support International, and also took additional trainings in Pregnancy Loss, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Missy's office is in Batavia IL and she offers telehealth to Illinois residents
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Postpartum depression - Coping with persistent feelings of sadness, exhaustion, and/or being overwhelmed after the birth of a child; developing strategies for more positive thought patterns and behaviors.
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Transition to new parenthood - Working with parents as they adjust to new parenthood
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
Years of Experience: 6 years
Peaks and Valleys Perinatal Counseling PLLC, Therapist & Owner, 2022 - Present
Teen Parent Connection, Doula Program Manager, 2018 - 2023
Teen Parent Connection, Doula Home Visitor, 2017 - 2018
Edgewood Clinical Services, MSW Clinical Intern, 2015 - 2016
Postpartum Support International, Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, 2022