Maternal Mental Health Collective | Kate Borsato

The Maternal Mental Health Collective

 KATE BORSATO + ASSOCIATE THERAPISTS

If you’re a mom or mom-to-be in British Columbia and you’re looking for support, you’re in the right place! The Maternal Mental Health Collective is a mental health organization designed specifically to support women in motherhood. 

From fertility journeys, pregnancy mental health, birth experiences, postpartum adjustment, relationship ups and downs, renegotiating career and motherhood, and finding yourself through the many demands of motherhood, we are here to help you through it all. 

We currently support women with 1:1 video-based counselling in British Columbia, and are expanding to meet the demand for maternal mental health specialists across Canada.

You deserve to be supported by professionals who truly see your unique situation and are trained to identify and treat specific challenges related to motherhood. Our goal is to being deep compassion, solid expertise, and lived experiences of motherhood to our counselling sessions so that you feel heard, understood, and truly supported.

Scroll down to meet the team and book your first session!

 

If you live in a province outside of BC, then stay tuned as we will be expanding across Canada shortly.  I also recommend you read through the directory at Postpartum Support International. This is a leading maternal mental health organization in the USA, and they list practitioners who specialize in supporting moms globally.

If you find yourself extremely distressed, need urgent support, or are having intense thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please contact a crisis line or call 911 right away.

Meet The Therapists

Kate Borsato, RCC Founder, Therapist

Kate (she/her) is a mom of two, Registered Clinical Counsellor, founder of the Maternal Mental Health Collective, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She’s based out of south Vancouver Island and is honoured to support other women as they balance all that motherhood brings.

You’re guaranteed to hear her talk about self-compassion, making space for YOU, creative expression, and having permisison to feel exactly what you feel. When she’s not working, she’s probably dreaming up another chapter of life abraod, teaching herself Spanish, or dabbling in paints with her kids. 

I am not accepting new clients, but I am happy to add your name to my waitlist. Please visit my associate therapists links below to find earlier availability. 

Welcome! So glad you’re here.

My name is Kate – I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia. I started this counselling practice after going through my own challenges becoming a mom and realizing there aren’t enough supports for new moms.  Here’s what I know for sure: motherhood is hard, quite possibly the hardest transition you’ll go through. So if you’re suffering, just know that you are far from alone. You’re told that becoming a mom is supposed to be natural, easy, intuitive, and blissful, but often this just isn’t the case.

I also know that we all need support.

Our cultural push to be-all-the-things and manage everything seamlessly is so unrealistic and causes a lot of pain. As a mom, you are under incredible pressure to meet society’s standards, and you own values and ideals can get lost. I’m here to help you figure out what matters most.

And lastly, I know that you don’t have to just accept the struggle. Yes, there are many hard parts about being a mom, but there’s also a lot that you can do to completely transform how this experience feels. I know because I’ve done it. 

I’m a mom of two daughters, just 16 months apart. Having experienced postpartum anxiety myself, I have a glimpse of how painful and disorienting those years can be. The hardest part for me was that I didn’t ask for help. I didn’t reach out, I didn’t allow myself to be supported. And this is why I do this work today, and I am honoured to be by your side and help you find a little more ease, compassion, and the ability to truly care for yourself.

I look forward to supporting you!

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors)
  • Master of Arts In Counselling Psychology (University of Victoria, Victoria BC)
  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate (Postpartum Support International)
  • Online Counselling Certificate (Therapy Online + University of Toronto)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training (Center for Mindful Self-Compassion)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Whitman College, Walla Walla Washington)

Melissa Medjuck, RSW Associate Therapist

Melissa (she/her) is a mom to three-year-old twins, a registered social worker and therapist specializing in maternal mental health. Melissa is also a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, and a yoga teacher with over 15 years of experience in women’s mental health supporting diverse groups of women.

When Melissa is not working, you can find her trying to practice yoga with two monkeys—aka toddlers—climbing all over her, planning her next meal with her partner, reading endlessly, enjoying some deep belly laughs with girlfriends, and daydreaming about traveling.

Hi, I’m Melissa. I am so glad you’re here.

It is my honour to walk alongside people through big life transitions. Fertility, pregnancy, birth or parenthood impacts every member of a family and changes us indefinitely. We navigate new terrain at every stage—from pre-pregnancy to prenatal; postpartum to early parenthood, which can be an emotional journey that is both intensely joyful and immensely overwhelming (and lonely!). Venturing down this unchartered, emotional road requires a village to march along with you. In fact, isolation and lack of support is a leading cause of perinatal mood disorders, which is why I believe that receiving support is essential. It certainly was for me! Through my own experience of struggling with miscarriages, becoming a mother and realizing how intense those early years can be, I can attest to the ups and downs as well as the transformative power of seeking professional support.

I believe in the power of connection and relationships. My goal is to help you feel empowered, informed, seen and heard. I will provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings so that you may come to discover what is really going on and develop a deeper understanding about how to manage life with more ease and compassion. It takes a lot of courage and vulnerability to seek help and to be open to change and growth. My clients are my heroes. You are the expert of your own experience; I will meet you wherever you are at and consider your voice every step of the way. Depending on your needs, this might include learning practical tools to manage issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity and relationships.

I am grateful to live and work as an uninvited settler on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

  • Registered Social Worker (RSW) with British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW)
  • Master of Social Work (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC)
  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate (Postpartum Support International)
  • Labour and Birth Doula Training (DONA International), Certified Doula with DONA International (CD(DONA))
  • Postpartum Doula Training (DONA International)
  • Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hour (Lila School of Vinyasa Yoga)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and English Literature (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC)

Gabriela Gutierrez, RCC Associate Therapist

Gabriela (she/her) is mama to a little daughter and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 10+ years of experience supporting young families, caregivers and children. Balance, peace, knowledge and fun are things that Gabriela can help bring to your life as a mother.

When she’s not working, Gabriela enjoys walking her dog, eating good food, playing with her little girl, planning family outings, and experimenting with creative activities like macramé or painting.

Hi, I’m Gabriela. I’m happy you found us!

By searching for a counsellor, you are already taking an important step in improving your mental health, and I would be honoured to support you in continuing that journey.

Through my own experience, I have learned that pressure and judgement are constantly placed on mothers (sometimes even before being pregnant!). This can be exhausting and isolating. I have also noticed that most of the support offered to moms comes in the form of advice from family, friends, or professionals telling you what to do and how to do it. However, the most needed and least prioritized area of support for moms is mental health.

As someone who works in the field, I feel lucky to have had information and resources on this topic as I transitioned into motherhood. However, I too struggled with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and feeling overwhelmed. I have noticed that expectations, constant comparison, guilt, and mental health struggles are all too normal in motherhood. I would like to offer my support by taking the time to explore your unique experience and, together, finding ways to make the challenges more manageable. I will provide a space where you can express yourself freely, and also learn concrete strategies to address your concerns.

Motherhood comes with a lot of struggles, but it also comes with many sweet moments that make it all worthwhile. In our work, I will focus on supporting you through the challenges, while also celebrating the positives.

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors)
  • Master of Arts In Counselling Psychology (Adler University, Vancouver BC)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Universidad Anáhuac Mayab, Mexico)
  • Diploma in Child Neuropsychology (Instituto de Neuropsicología e Intervención Psicológica del Sureste (INIPS), Mexico)
  • Certificate in Trauma Focused CBT (Medical University of South Carolina)
  • Certificate in Expressive Play Therapy (Justice Institute of British Columbia)
  • Certificate in EMDR (EMDR Consulting)

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