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"The greatest gift you can give your baby is a strong relationship 

                                                between the two of you."  ~John Gottman, The Gottman Institute                                                   

First, please know that I've been there!  I get it!


The transition to parenthood is challenging, even for the strongest relationships. Preparing for a new baby, finding

solutions to the challenges that a new baby presents, and addressing the relationship between parents are critical

issues for every new parenting couple.  


As a therapist in Austin, I specialize in working with couples to connect as they become a family with their new little

addition. The arrival of baby changes a home and the relationship. Expectations and assumptions are challenged. 

Post-partum depression, a very real condition, may surprise even the least suspecting mother. Fathers are not

immune to the changes a new baby brings and can be as surprised by them as the mother.


As a certified educator in the Gottman Institute's Bring Home Baby Program, my goal is to help couples proactively

prepare for and adjust to bringing a new baby home. This approach includes sharing practical, proven strategies

designed to make this transition one that brings the most joy and least turmoil to the relationship. This is a

researched-based approach to preparing couples for the arrival of a baby and/or helping adjust after the baby arrives.  


Let me help you give your baby the gift of a healthy, loving, and respectful relationship between his/her parents. 


Parenting (which begins in pregnancy) presents its own, new set of: 

relationship issues, pre- and post-baby concerns, post-partum depression, isolation, fear, co-parenting, anxiety, depression, coping skills, and self-esteem challenges.

Upcoming Workshop

Instructors: Kelley Hawkins and Heather Newby

Location: Austin Born, parenting center, 5555 N. Lamar Blvd.,Suite C-127

Dates:  February 20 - 21st, 10a-4p


Information: Classes meet for two consecutive days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration fee includes workbook for each couple, as well as, snacks and beverages throughout the day. Lunch is on your own at nearby restaurants. Babies-in-arms welcome! Visit to register.  For more information, visit

1000 Westbank Drive

Suite 6-250

Austin, TX 78746

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