Maternal Mental Health Collective | Kate Borsato

The Maternal Mental Health Collective

 KATE BORSATO + ASSOCIATE THERAPISTS

We’re here to support moms, birthing people and parents as they navigate the journey of pregnancy, postpartum and parenthood. 

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 the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI, Newfoundland + Labrador, Yukon, Nunavut + Northwest Territories.

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! (no referral needed).

If you live in a province outside of those listed, or outside of Canada, I 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

Gabriela Gutierrez, RCC Associate Therapist

Gabriela (she/her) is mama to a young daughter and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 10+ years of experience supporting mothers, young families, caregivers and children. Balance, peace, knowledge and fun are things that Gabriela can help bring to your life as a mother. Gabriela can see clients across Canada (except ON, QB, NS, NB).

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.

Currently accepting new clients*

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)
  • Certificate in Maternal Mental Health: Bringing Light to Motherhood (Maternal Mental Health Now)

Kaitlin Edmonds, RP Associate Therapist

Kait is a mom of two, Registered Psychotherapist and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She is based out of Northern Ontario and is honored to be supporting mothers in their transition into motherhood and along their journeys. When Kait is not working, she enjoys diving into fitness, being active, outdoor activities with her family, cooking and interior decorating.

***Currently accepting new clients in Ontario***

 

Hi, I’m Kaitlin!

My passion for perinatal support came after my own challenges becoming a mom for the second time and realizing that there aren’t enough supports for new moms or that the supports available were highly stigmatized in my area and within my social network.

Motherhood is both beautiful and chaotic; some days it is one or the other and other days it’s a blend of a beautiful disaster! If you are suffering, just know that you are far from being alone. Motherhood most often does not resemble what is portrayed on social media nor does it conform to unrealistic societal/familial expectations.

I would like to take time to explore your unique story with you and help you express yourself openly and without judgment as well as to explore your innate abilities to overcome some of the challenges you are facing.

I am a mom of two daughters, who has experienced a perinatal mood disorder myself. I have a glimpse at how difficult those days, months or years can be with intrusive thoughts and feelings of being generally “unwell”. One thing that I know for sure, that by not reaching out for help and attempting to mask my thoughts and feelings, I actually made things more difficult and prolonged than they had to be. I was uncomfortable allowing myself to be supported. And this is why I am so honored to be doing the work I am doing today and I am honored to be by your side to help, to provide compassion and a safe space to be unapologetically you.

I look forward to working with you!

  • Registered Psycotherapist (RP) with CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)
  • Master of Arts In Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University, Fredericton, NB)
  • Baccalaureat es sciences de la sante – Orthophonie (Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON)
  • Fluently bilingual French/English, Indigenous
  • Other Certifications
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
    • Screening for Perinatal Emotional Distress
    • Gender and Sexual Diversity in Youth
    • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders- Postpartum Support International
    • Human Trafficking; Recognizing the signs
    • Mental Health and Accommodation Training
    • Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships
    • How to Cultivate Happiness and build resilience
    • Egale-Canada Human Rights Trust – Providing equitable and inclusive services
    • Narrative Therapy – Strategies from Leading Frameworks
    • Trauma – Strategies for Helpers
    • Addressing Past Sexual Assault in Clinical Settings
    • Anxiety – Overview and Awareness (Level 1)
    • Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)
    • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Workshop for “Engaging Faculty in Mental Health”
    • First Aid Certified
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

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, and I support clients in counselling in Western Canada. 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. As a Regisered Social Worker in British Columbia, Melissa offers counselling to clients in BC only.

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)

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