Sandy Tufts
MSW, LCSW, RPYT, CD(DONA)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher

 

 

 

“I understand the importance of authentic connection and support of women - and their partners - during this major life transition. I’ve combined my areas of interest: supporting women emotionally AND the childbearing years – to create my ideal practice.”

Arbour Counseling
116 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA

979-373-7010

     


I offer perinatal mental health counseling for those experiencing difficulties spanning pre-pregnancy through the postpartum period. My passion is providing support and education surrounding maternal mental health, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility struggles, birth trauma, loss, miscarriage, and more.

I live here on the Seacoast in Eliot, Maine with my husband and two girls (ages 12 & 15). With over 10 years of experience working with women and families on the Seacoast as a birth doula, prenatal yoga teacher, lactation counselor and placenta encapsulator, I have made it my mission to support women through the childbearing years.

From a very early age, I was drawn towards pregnancy and childbirth and have a strong passion and respect for this sacred time. This passion led me to work as a certified birth doula CD(DONA) through Doulas of North America, a certified lactation counselor (CLC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and a prenatal yoga teacher. Then transitioning to clinical work and individual therapy specializing in maternal mental health utilizing my many years of work with this unique population.

My philosophy is that mothers need to be heard, respected and nurtured - just as they are nurturing their own babies and families. The term "mothering the mother" was important in my many years of work as a birth doula and I hold that concept close in helping women navigate perinatal emotional struggles.

Having the opportunity to take time out for yourself and really be heard and be supported by someone who understands the complexities of maternal mental health is imperative. Finding a therapist to hold a safe space and listen to your distress in it's authentic form helps the healing process.

I strive to create authentic connections with my clients, along with an atmosphere of safety and acceptance. 
I create a safe space where women can discover their strength & confidence. Every mother experiences pregnancy, birth and motherhood differently. I am there to help you find YOUR way.

In addition, I offer individual counseling to support women's general wellness and mental health (non related to pregnancy/postpartum) as well - life transitions, interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety.

Proud member of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Trainings

2017  
Training Certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International

Education

1994
Bachelors in Psychology
Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA

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1999
Masters in Social Work
Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA