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Missy Hem(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Parenting-Perfectionism-Postpartum depression-Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health-Transition to new parenthood-Women's issues-
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Professional statement

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

Message to clients

I am already proud of you for taking the first step to find a therapist. I have personally found so much value in being heard, and listened to, and validated by others, and it is my goal to provide that for the clients I see each week. I think we, collectively, have learned over time to dismiss and minimize our emotional experiences, and we are incredibly hard on ourselves. It is a privilege to be able to offer something different, to give folks grace and empathy, to recognize their individual strengths, and walk alongside them as they try to figure it all out.

I think it's important that you shop around for a therapist who feels "right" for you, and that you're able to connect and be honest with that person. I try my best to be a non-judgmental source of support for my clients, and create a space where they can be honest, be creative, consider different perspectives, and envision a different way of life for themselves. If you think we might be a good match, let's take the next step and connect over the phone. You don't have to go through this all by yourself.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Teen Parent Connection, Doula Program Manager
Teen Parent Connection, Doula Home Visitor
Edgewood Clinical Services, MSW Clinical Intern
Peaks and Valleys Perinatal Counseling PLLC, Therapist & Owner

Postpartum Support International, Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, 2022


Illinois: 149.024848




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (50min)

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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