ALL ABOUT DEEMA
Background and certifications:
I earned two bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University in Sociology and Political Science. I went on to earn my Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have experience working with toddlers on up to adults in a therapeutic setting. I have training in postpartum depression and related disorders. I am also an Adjunct Psychology Professor at National Louis University. I LOVE teaching and as well as advocating for maternal mental health.
Mama + family background:
I live in Chicago with my husband, two kiddos and our dog Eloise. My son Milo is two and Maya joined our family this past July of 2020. We don’t have any plans to expand our family at this point in time but never say never!
Why are you excited to work for bumblebaby:
First of all I love that bumblebaby is mama ran! Bumblebaby focuses on supporting babes but more importantly, supporting mamas as well! Kate thrives at knowing and addressing what families need to flourish. It is very important to me to align myself with agencies that are authentic and open. Bumblebaby does not judge! The mama’s who represent bumblebaby are real,raw, and supportive.
Services you will be offering:
- Webinars and Interactive Workshops pertaining to perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health
- Parent coaching on implementing behavioral structure at home: 4 biweekly 30 minute video chat sessions on how to troubleshoot and implement realistic expectations for more challenging developmental stages in your kiddos
Difficulties you’ve encountered in motherhood:
Motherhood has been quite the challenge for me at many points in time. My husband is a resident physician and works a LOT. The first year of my son’s life was spent away from friends and family in California. I struggled with postpartum anxiety and felt extremely alone! I thought that because I had training in the mental health field that I would be armed with “tools” and ready to face anything! That was not the case! I am very grateful to be back amongst friends and family, as physical support is just as important in emotional support when it comes to motherhood!
Milo also never took a bottle, meaning I never left the house without him for more than an hour at a time!
Your favorite part of motherhood:
As cliche as this sounds, motherhood is the only place that I have ever felt “home.” It has its challenges, this is fact. There have been many tears shed after sleepless nights have occurred or the fourth tantrum of the day has ensued. But I love these kids more than life itself. There is not another relationship out there that can compare to the mother child relationship. These babies just want to love on you and be loved. And who can blame them? The best part is that they are so forgiving. Many mom’s struggle with bonding and connecting through different stages of the first two years. And your children will love you regardless.
As a mom, I can’t live without:
Sleep and socialization! My proverbial “cup” is filled by talking with others! I love spending time with friends and family and catching up on all thing’s Bravo! Shh it’s my guilty pleasure! I have FINALLY gotten back into an exercise routine as well that I can do from home. Blowing off steam physically is necessary for this mama!
Book a consult with Deema today!