Supportive and collaborative care during life’s biggest transitions

Kirby Paterson, LMSW, PMH-C, CPD
Psychotherapist & Postpartum Doula

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About

I'm Kirby Paterson, a psychotherapist and postpartum doula based in Ann Arbor, MI. As both a therapist and a doula, I seek to provide a warm, steady, supportive environment for you as you navigate through big transitions or challenges. In my free time, you can find me with my two young children and spouse, cooking, spending time with friends or doing yoga.

Social Work - Background
I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2010 and for the last decade have been doing clinical work in various settings including a trauma center, a school-based health center, group practice and a large hospital system. I hold a certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care, as well as a certificate in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I am especially passionate about working with expectant and new parents during the perinatal period, particularly around issues of adjustment to parenthood, mood concerns, and trauma. I also have a strong interest in working with adolescents and adults experiencing chronic illness, and have spent several years supporting families living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in my clinical role at Mott Children’s Hospital.

Doula - Background
I attended a birth for one of my friends in 2009, when I was a young graduate student pursuing my MSW. This experience gave me my first hint that someday I may want to pursue something birth-related. After spending a decade working as a clinical social worker and starting my own family, I came back to birth work as a postpartum doula in 2020 after training with Lifespan Doulas and becoming a Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD). The births of my own children made clear there was a large gap in postpartum care, and since that time I have aimed to support families with a compassionate, non-judgmental and trauma-informed approach. I feel honored to be working with families during this time of intense adjustment and change and take great joy in seeing my clients grow with confidence in their new roles as parents.

Counseling

Areas of Interest
• The perinatal period (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum)
• Trauma
• Chronic illness
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Adolescence
• Life transitions

Treatment Approach
My therapy approach is tailored to each client’s needs and preferences. I tend to see things from a lens of social justice and aim to create a warm and safe environment in which we can discuss the most important (and sometimes most difficult) things for you. I often incorporate evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) into sessions while also using mindfulness and a strengths-based approach. I have obtained a certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) and am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TC-CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), which inform my practice a great deal. I also strongly believe that collaboration is a key component of care, and will coordinate with other providers, such as your PCP or psychiatrist, whenever needed.

Rates
$175/initial intake
$150/regular session

Insurance accepted: - Pending with Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO and Physician's Health Plan (PHP)

You may be eligible for out-of-network coverage through your insurance provider. Check your insurance benefits to see if this is an option for you.

*I believe that mental health care should be widely accessible and I offer sliding scale services on an as-needed basis. If financial barriers are impacting your ability to obtain mental health services, please reach out to me directly.

Doula Services

Services may vary greatly depending on the needs of each family, but can include:

Emotional support
Tips for postpartum recovery
Basic newborn care
Basic meal preparation
Feeding support
Opportunities for rest
Light household assistance
Connection to community resources

Services are initiated with a complimentary consult to determine if we would be a good fit for one another. If it is determined that we are not an appropriate fit, I am happy to connect you with another doula who may be.

Note: Financial constraints should not be a barrier to excellent postpartum support. I offer sliding scale services on an as-needed basis. Please feel free to contact me for more information

Doula Packages

Bringing Home Baby - 12 Hours
Investment: $475
12 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 4 weeks postpartum
Phone, e-mail and text support in first 4 weeks
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area

Postpartum Support - 24 hours
Investment: $950
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
24 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 8 weeks postpartum
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 8 weeks postpartum
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area

Postpartum Support - 50 hours
Investment: $1850
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
50 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 12 weeks postpartum
1 check-in call after services have ended (30 minutes)
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 12 weeks postpartum
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area

Postpartum Support - 100 Hours
Investment: $3600
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
Phone, e-mail and texts support in the prenatal period
100 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 12 weeks postpartum
1 check-in call after services have ended (30 minutes)
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 12 weeks postpartum
Return-to-work support session (1 hour)
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area

A la carte Services:
Additional hours billed at $35/hr
Prenatal Planning session (1 hour): $75
Back to work support session (1 hour): $75
Overnight support (pending doula availability): $40/hour, 10 hour minimum

custom packages available upon request

Contact

Please contact me via a message below, or directly at kirby@a2haven.com or 734.623.9504.

Thank you

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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