about me

My name is Victoria Rutsch, and I am a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 89082). For the past 10+ years, I have been focusing on providing care for clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, impulse control, and life-transition difficulties through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma-informed interventions, and a focus on compassionate care that revolves around the relationship between therapist and client. I have worked with clients both in non-profit organizations, school settings, group home setting, and in my private practice.

Recently, after my first hand experience of the troubling anxiety and worry that can emerge after having children, I decided to dedicate my practice to helping women receive compassionate care in their reproductive journey. My goals in this practice are to support all new mothers, including mothers with multiple children, adoptive mothers, and mothers of all ages, races, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Did you know that 15 - 20% of women can feel symptoms that go beyond - at times far beyond - the ‘baby blues’?

Overwhelming feelings of sadness, loss of identity, consistent worry, and scary thoughts are just some of the symptoms that you may be experiencing. However, help is available for the number one complication of having a baby - perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS).

Much of my work comes from the extensive training I have had through Postpartum Support International (PSI) in working with postpartum women, partners, and their baby(ies). In my practice, I use evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), in which I received a certification from JFK University. Through the use of CBT, we can focus on the current and immediate symptoms you are experiencing, and find coping skills to target said symptoms and get relief quickly. Another main focus is on parental attachment, focusing on the vital mother - infant relationship.

Being a mother of two and a survivor of PMADs myself, I know how hard it is to continue managing day-to-day operations without a set of working coping skills, and how important it is to have someone to support us in our attachment journey with our child. You are not alone, and this is not your fault. It truly takes a village to raise a child. Click below, and reach out for help.

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